221. Happy They Who Trust in Jesus

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by T. Kelly
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Happy they who trust in Jesus;
 
Sweet their portion is and sure;
 
When the foe on others seizes,
 
He will keep His own secure.
 
Happy people!
 
Happy, though despised and poor.
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Since His love and mercy found us,
 
We are precious in His sight;
 
Thousands now may fall around us,
 
Thousands more be put to flight,
 
But His presence
 
Keeps us safe by day and night.
“And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.” (Luke 15:6)
“And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together, saying, Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.” (Luke 15:9)
“It was meet that we should make merry, and be glad: for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found.” (Luke 15:32)
“Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee: therefore will I give men for thee, and people for thy life.” (Isaiah 43:4)
“A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come nigh thee.” (Psalm 91:7)
“In all their affliction he was afflicted, and the angel of his presence saved them: in his love and in his pity he redeemed them; and he bare them, and carried them all the days of old.” (Isaiah 63:9)
“Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues.” (Psalm 31:20)
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Lo! our Saviour never slumbers,
 
Ever watchful is His care;
 
Though we cannot boast of numbers,
 
In His strength secure we are.
 
Sweet their portion,
 
Who our Saviour's kindness share.
“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.” (Psalm 121:3-4)
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” (Luke 12:32)
“In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.” (Psalm 62:7)
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As the bird beneath her feathers,
 
Guards the objects of her care,
 
So the Lord His children gathers,
 
Spreads His wings and hides them there:
 
Thus protected
 
All their foes they boldly dare.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!” (Matthew 23:37)
“He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.” (Psalm 91:4)
“Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings.” (Psalm 17:8)
“How excellent is thy lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.” (Psalm 36:7)
“Because thou hast been my help, therefore in the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice.” (Psalm 63:7)