("Solitude Sweetened" by James Meikle, 1730-1799)
"The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my Savior,
my God, my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield,
and the strength of my salvation, my stronghold!"
Do rocks defend me from blasts, from whatever
quarter they blow? So does my Rock!
Is the blast from hell? Well, He has the keys of hell and of death!
Is it from sin? He is my righteousness!
Is it from Satan? He has conquered principalities and powers!
Is it from afflictions? He is my sympathizing and loving High Priest!
Is it from losses? He is my exceeding great reward!
Is it from crosses? He makes all things work together for good to His people!
Is it from anguish? He is my joy!
Is it from darkness? He is my Sun!
Is it from doubts? He is my Counselor!
Is it from deadness? He is my life!
Is it from enemies? He is my shield!
Is it from temptation? He is my deliverer!
Is it from false friends? He will never leave me, nor forsake me!
Is it from solitude or banishment? He is everywhere present!
Is it from disease? He is my healer!
Is it from death? He is the resurrection and the life!
O glorious refuge! O sure defense! O everlasting fortress!
Here do I defy the worst that earth and hell can do!
Henceforth will I live by faith, in the MAN who is . . .
my hiding place from the wind,
my shelter from the tempest,
my stream of water in a dry place,
my shadow of a great rock in a weary land
until every blast has blown over, and not a threatening
cloud appears in my skyuntil my heaven is beautified
with everlasting day, and every storm is swept from the
air which I breathe!
"And a MAN shall be as a hiding place from the wind,
and a shelter from the tempest, like streams of water
in a dry place, like the shadow of a great rock in a
weary land!" (Isaiah 32:2)