Blest Is He Who Cries to Heaven   2 comments

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Above:  The Right Reverend Keith Whitmore, Assistant Bishop of Atlanta, at Christ Episcopal Church, Macon, Georgia, April 3, 2011

Image Source = Episcopal Diocese of Atlanta

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Words (1926) by the Reverend P. C. Paulsen (1881-1948)

Hymn Source = Hymnal for Church and Home, Third Edition (1938), of the American Evangelical Lutheran Church and the United Evangelical Lutheran Church, denominations with Danish heritage

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1.  Blest is he who cries to heaven

In the dark and evil day,

Whose transgressions are forgiven

And whose sins are wash’d away;

Blest, when God to him imputeth

Not iniquity nor sin,

When no hidden guile polluteth

Spirit, heart, and soul within.

2.  Long I kept in silence groaning,

While my bones wax’d weak and old;

Long, my heart with grief was moaning

And to Thee, O God, was cold.

Day and night Thy hand oppress’d me,

Moisture turn’d to summer drought,

My transgressions sore distress’d me,

While in vain I comfort sought.

3.  When, from Thee no longer hiding,

I confess’d my sins to Thee,

And, to Thee my grief confiding,

Thou in love forgavest me.

Now my heart is fill’d with gladness,

Thou surroundest me with grace;

Songs of joy dispel my sadness,

For Thou art my hiding place.

4.  Lord, instruct and teach me ever

In the way that I shall go;

With Thy counsel me deliver

From the cunning of the foe.

For Thy grace and mercy tender,

For Thy Table and Thy Word,

Thanks to heaven I will render

And forever praise Thee, Lord.

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