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Hebrews 12:5-11

Welcome Cross

“Tis my happiness below
Not to live without the cross,
But the Saviour’s power to know,
Sanctifying every loss:

Trials must and will befall;
But with humble faith to see
Love inscribed upon them all,
This is happiness to me.

God in Israel sows the seeds
Of affliction, pain, and toil;
These spring up and choke the weeds
Which would else o’er spread the soil:

Trials make the promise sweet,
Trials give new life to prayer;
Trials bring me to His feet,
Lay me low, and keep me there.

Did I meet no trials here,
No chastisement by the way,
Might I not with reason fear
I should prove a castaway'

Bastards may escape the rod,
Sunk in earthly vain delight;
But the true-born child of God
Must not—would not, if he might.

Olney Hymns, William Cowper, from Cowper’s Poems, Sheldon & Company, New York

Resource

  • J.O. Sanders, Enjoying Intimacy with God, Moody, pp. 107-116