O God, above the drifting years,The shrines our fathers founded stand,And where the higher gain appears,We trace the working of Thy hand.
From out their tireless prayer and toilEmerge the gifts that time has proved,And seed laid deep in sacred soil,Yields harvests rich in lasting good.
The torch of their devotion lent,Lightens the dark that round us lies;Help us to pass it on unspent,Until the dawn lights up the skies.
Form Thou our hearts with faith like theirs,Who served the days they could not see,And give us grace, through ampler years,To build the kingdom yet to be.
’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,And to take Him at His Word;Just to rest upon His promise,And to know, “Thus says the Lord!”
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’erJesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!O for grace to trust Him more!
O how sweet to trust in Jesus,Just to trust His cleansing blood;And in simple faith to plunge me’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!
Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,Just from sin and self to cease;Just from Jesus simply takingLife and rest, and joy and peace.
I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;And I know that Thou art with me,Wilt be with me to the end.
O Lord, our Father, shall we be confoundedWho, though by trials and woes surrounded,On Thee alone for help are still relying,To Thee are crying?
Lord, put to shame Thy foes who breathe defianceAnd vainly make their might their sole reliance;In mercy turn to us, the poor and stricken,Our hope to quicken.
Be Thou our Helper and our strong Defender;Speak to our foes and cause them to surrender.Yea, long before their plans have been completed,They are defeated.
’Tis vain to trust in man; for Thou, Lord, onlyArt the Defense and Comfort of the lonely.With Thee to lead, the battle shall be gloriousAnd we victorious.
Thou art our Hero, all our foes subduing;Save Thou Thy little flock they are pursuing.We seek Thy help; for Jesus’ sake be near us.Great Helper, hear us!