Christ My Song - 1422
Good and faithful are thy words
(Thomas Kelly/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Good and faithful are thy words.
"Thy testimonies that thou hast commanded
are righteous and very faithful." (Psalm 119,138)
2. When thy people are distressed,
harassed by the foe, and pressed,
whither should thy people flee,
whither, Saviour, but to thee?
3. Words that spirit are, and life,
cheer them in their mortal strife;
when thy people are oppressed,
then do they afford them rest.
4. Then it is thy words declare
whence they come, and what they are;
sinners, in the trying hour,
know their worth, and feel their pow'r.
5. Why? Because they are thy words,
"King of kings, and Lord of lords";
and thy spirit gives them pow'r,
fitted to the trying hour.
6. Whither, then, but unto thee,
whither should the helpless flee?
Pow'r and grace to thee belong,
hence our safety, hence our song.
Thomas Kelly, Hymns on various passages of Scripture, ca. 1853, Hymn 284.