76. Rise, My Soul, Thy God Directs Thee

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by J.N.D., 1837
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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—
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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.
“And he called for Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Rise up, and get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye have said. Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and bless me also. And the Egyptians were urgent upon the people, that they might send them out of the land in haste; for they said, We be all dead men. And the people took their dough before it was leavened, their kneadingtroughs being bound up in their clothes upon their shoulders. And the children of Israel did according to the word of Moses; and they borrowed of the Egyptians jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment. And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians, so that they lent unto them such things as they required. And they spoiled the Egyptians.” (Exodus 12:31-36)
“And all the congregation of the children of Israel journeyed from the wilderness of Sin, after their journeys, according to the commandment of the Lord, and pitched in Rephidim: and there was no water for the people to drink. Wherefore the people did chide with Moses, and said, Give us water that we may drink. And Moses said unto them, Why chide ye with me? wherefore do ye tempt the Lord? And the people thirsted there for water; and the people murmured against Moses, and said, Wherefore is this that thou hast brought us up out of Egypt, to kill us and our children and our cattle with thirst? And Moses cried unto the Lord, saying, What shall I do unto this people? they be almost ready to stone me. And the Lord said unto Moses, Go on before the people, and take with thee of the elders of Israel; and thy rod, wherewith thou smotest the river, take in thine hand, and go. Behold, I will stand before thee there upon the rock in Horeb; and thou shalt smite the rock, and there shall come water out of it, that the people may drink. And Moses did so in the sight of the elders of Israel.” (Exodus 17:1-6)
“And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night. He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.” (Exodus 13:21-22)
“But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. And he led them on safely, so that they feared not: but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.” (Psalm 78:52-53)