16*. O Jesus, Friend Unfailing

7,6.
by H.K. Burlingham, 1865, from German
1
O Jesus, Friend unfailing,
 
How dear art Thou to me!
 
Are cares or fears assailing?
 
I find my strength in Thee!
 
Why should my feet grow weary
 
Of this my pilgrim way?
 
Rough though the path and dreary,
 
It ends in perfect day!
Proverbs 18:24; Matthew 8:26; 2 Corinthians 12:9; Hebrews 12:3; 1 Peter 2:11; Proverbs 4:18
2
Naught, naught I court as pleasure,
 
Compared, O Christ, with Thee!
 
Thy sorrow, without measure,
 
Earned peace and joy for me.
 
I love to own, Lord Jesus,
 
Thy claims o'er me divine,
 
Bought with Thy blood most precious,
 
Whose can I be but Thine!
Philippians 3:7-8; 1 Peter 1:18-19; 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
3
What fills my heart with gladness?
 
'Tis Thine abounding grace!
 
Where can I look in sadness,
 
But, Jesus, on Thy face?
 
My all is Thy providing,
 
Thy love can ne'er grow cold;
 
In Thee, my Refuge, hiding,
 
No good wilt Thou withhold.
Romans 5:20; Philippians 4:19; Psalm 46:1; Psalm 84:11
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Why should I droop in sorrow?
 
Thou'rt ever by my side!
 
Why, trembling, dread the morrow?
 
What ill can e'er betide?
 
If I my cross have taken,
 
'Tis but to follow Thee;
 
If scorned, despised, forsaken,
 
Naught severs Thee from me!
Psalm 42:5; Hebrews 13:5; Matthew 6:34; Psalm 5:4; Matthew 16:24; Romans 8:35-39
5
Oh worldly pomp and glory,
 
Your charms are spread in vain!
 
I've heard a sweeter story!
 
I've found a truer gain!
 
Where Christ a place prepareth,
 
There is my loved abode;
 
There shall I gaze on Jesus:
 
There shall I dwell with God.
Philippians 3:7-8; John 14:2; Revelation 22:4; Revelation 21:3
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For every tribulation,
 
For every sore distress,
 
In Christ I've full salvation,
 
Sure help and quiet rest.
 
No fear of foes prevailing!
 
I triumph, Lord, in Thee!
 
O Jesus! Friend unfailing,
 
How dear art Thou to me!
Hebrews 4:16; 2 Corinthians 2:14
“A man that hath friends must show himself friendly: and there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.” (Proverbs 18:24)
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26)
“And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” (2 Corinthians 12:9)
“For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” (Hebrews 12:3)
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” (1 Peter 2:11)
“But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.” (Proverbs 4:18)
“But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ.” (Philippians 3:7-8)
“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers. But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.” (1 Peter 1:18-19)
“What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
“Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound.” (Romans 5:20)
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19)
“<<To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.>> God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” (Psalm 46:1)
“For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)
“Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted in me? hope thou in God: for I shall yet praise him for the help of his countenance.” (Psalm 42:5)
“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” (Hebrews 13:5)
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (Matthew 6:34)
“For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” (Psalm 5:4)