171. He Bids Us Come; His Voice We Know

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by Wesley
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He bids us come; His voice we know,
 
And boldly on the waters go
 
To Him, our God and Lord;
 
We walk on life's tempestuous sea,
 
For He who died to set us free
 
Hath called us with His word.
“And straightway Jesus constrained his disciples to get into a ship, and to go before him unto the other side, while he sent the multitudes away. And when he had sent the multitudes away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.” (Matthew 14:22-23)
“And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matthew 14:29)
“And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.” (John 10:4)
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
“And Jesus said unto them, Come ye after me, and I will make you to become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:17)
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Secure, on boisterous waves we tread,
 
Nor all the billows round us dread,
 
While on the Lord we look;
 
The tempter drives his vortex round,
 
We pass it as on solid ground;
 
The wave is firm as rock.
“Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else.” (Isaiah 45:22)
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But if from Him we turn the eye,
 
We see the raging floods run high,
 
Our hearts are full of fear;
 
Our foes so strong, our flesh so frail,
 
Reason and unbelief prevail,
 
Forgetting He is near.
“Say to them that are of a fearful heart, Be strong, fear not: behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence; he will come and save you.” (Isaiah 35:4)
“For there stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am, and whom I serve. Saying, Fear not, Paul; thou must be brought before Caesar: and, lo, God hath given thee all them that sail with thee.” (Acts 27:23-24)
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Lord! we our unbelief confess,
 
Do Thou our little faith increase,
 
That we may fail no more,
 
But fix on Thee a steady eye,
 
And on Thine outstretched arm rely,
 
Till all the storm is o'er.
“And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears, Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)