76. Rise, My Soul, Thy God Directs Thee

by J.N.D., 1837
Rise, my soul, thy God directs thee,
Stranger hands no more impede;
Pass thou on, His hand protects thee,
Strength that has the captive freed.
Exodus 12:31-36
Is the wilderness before thee,
Desert land where drought abides?
Heavenly springs shall there restore thee,
Fresh from God's exhaustless tides.
Exodus 17:1-6
Light divine surrounds thy going,
God Himself shall mark thy way;
Secret blessings, richly flowing,
Lead to everlasting day.
Exodus 13:21-22; Psalm 78:52-53
God, thine everlasting portion,
Feeds thee with the mighty's meat;
Price of Egypt's hard extortion,
Egypt's food no more to eat.
Lamentations 3:24; Psalm 16:5; Psalm 78:24-29; Numbers 11:8
Art thou weaned from Egypt's pleasures?
God in secret thee shall keep,
There unfold His hidden treasures,
There His love's exhaustless deep.
Hebrews 11:25; Psalm 31:20; Colossians 2:3; Ephesians 3:19
In the desert God will teach thee
What the God that thou hast found,
Patient, gracious, powerful, holy,
All His grace shall there abound.
Psalm 25:4-5; Romans 15:5; 1 Peter 2:3; 1 Peter 1:5; 1 Peter 1:15; 2 Corinthians 9:8
On to Canaan's rest still wending,
E'en thy wants and woes shall bring
Suited grace from high descending,
Thou shalt taste of mercy's spring.
Hebrews 4:16; Psalm 34:8; 1 Peter 2:3
Though thy way be long and dreary,
Eagle strength He'll still renew:
Garments fresh and foot unweary
Tell how God hath brought thee through.
Isaiah 40:31; Deuteronomy 8:4
When to Canaan's long-loved dwelling
Love divine thy foot shall bring,
There, with shouts of triumph swelling,
Zion's songs in rest to sing—
There no stranger-God shall meet thee,
Stranger thou in courts above,
He who to His rest shall greet thee,
Greets thee with a well-known love.