Friday, February 9, 2018

Comment on a Hymn

To You, O Lord, I Fly    

This hymn is a rendition of Psalm 16. Its third verse summarizes some of the themes of the rest of the Psalm. The psalmist continues to keep his eye on his Lord. He does that because he has 'proved' him. That is, he has found Him faithful. This God guards him from the effects of evil as He guides him through life. The ultimate hope of the psalmist is that His God will ultimately guide him to His right hand where there are 'streams of pleasure' and 'boundless joy'.

To you, O Lord, I fly
And on your help depend;
You are my Lord and King Most High;
Great God my soul defend.
A heritage for me Jehovah will remain;
My portion rich and full is he,
My right he will maintain.

The lot to me that fell
Is beautiful and fair;
The heritage in which I dwell
Is good beyond compare.
I praise the Lord above
Whose counsel guides aright;
My heart instructs me in his love
In seasons of the night.

I keep before me still
The Lord whom I have proved;
At my right hand he guards from ill,
And I shall not be moved.
Life's pathway you will show,
To your right hand will guide,
Where streams of pleasure ever flow,
And boundless joys abide.