209. Our Times Are in Thy Hand

S.M.
by W.F. Lloyd, 1835
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Our times are in Thy hand,
 
Father, we wish them there;
 
Our life, our soul, our all, we leave
 
Entirely to Thy care.
“My times are in thy hand: deliver me from the hand of mine enemies, and from them that persecute me.” (Psalm 31:15)
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” (Philippians 4:6)
“Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)
2
Our times are in Thy hand,
 
Whatever they may be,
 
Pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
 
As best may seem to Thee.
“And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure. For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me. 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. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:7-10)
3
Our times are in Thy hand,
 
Why should we doubt or fear?
 
A Father's hand will never cause
 
His child a needless tear.
“Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.” (Hebrews 12:11)
4
Our times are in Thy hand,
 
Jesus the crucified!
 
The hand our many sins had pierced
 
Is now our Guard and Guide.
“But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness.” (1 Corinthians 1:23)
“For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.” (1 Corinthians 2:2)
“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.” (Psalm 121:3)
“I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.” (Psalm 32:8)
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Our times are in Thy hand,
 
Jesus the Advocate!
 
Nor can that hand be stretched in vain,
 
For us to supplicate.
“Whosoever believeth that Jesus is the Christ is born of God: and every one that loveth him that begat loveth him also that is begotten of him.” (1 John 5:1)
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Our times are in Thy hand;
 
We'd always trust in Thee,
 
Till we have left this weary land,
 
And all Thy glory see.
“And a man shall be as an hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.” (Isaiah 32:2)
“Father, I will that they also, whom thou hast given me, be with me where I am; that they may behold my glory, which thou hast given me: for thou lovedst me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17:24)