Blest Is He Who Cries to Heaven   2 comments


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


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


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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