To Know and Understand

A ministry of D. Paul Walker

A Fellowship in Christ Jesus
In the World but not of the World

Confirming Defending Bearing the Gospel of Christ Jesus



Friend Unfailing

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O, Jesus! Friend unfailing!
How dear art Thou to me!
Are cares or fears assailing?
I  find my strength in Thee.
Why should my feet grow weary
Of this my pilgrim way?
Rough though the path, and dreary,
It ends in perfect day.

Naught, naught I court as pleasure, 
compared, O Christ with Thee!
Thy sorrow without measure
Earned peace and joy for me!
I love to own, Lord Jesus!
Thy claim o'er me Divine;
Bought with Thy blood most precious,
Whose can I be but Thine?

What fills my heart with gladness?
'Tis Thy abounding grace.
Where can I look, in sadness,
But Jesus, on Thy face?
My all is Thy providing,
Thy love can ne'er grow cold;
In Thee, my Refuge, hiding,
No good wilt Thou withhold.

Why should I droop in sorrow?
Thou'rt ever by my side.
Why, trembling, dread the morrow?
What ill can e'er betide?
If I my cross have taken
"Tis but to follow Thee;
If scorned, despised, forsaken,
Naught severs Thee from me.

O worldly pomp and glory,
Your charms are spread in vain!
I've heard a sweeter story!
I've found a truer gain!
Where Christ a place prepareth,
There is my loved abode:
There shall I gaze on Jesus!
There shall I dwell with God!

For every tribulation,
For every sore distress,
In Christ I've full salvation,
Sure help, and quiet rest,
No fear of foes prevailing!
I triumph, Lord, in Thee!
O Jesus! Friend unfailing!
How dear art Thou to me!

Berlin Gesangbuch