11158. Through Desert Land

1 While plodding through the desert land,
Is all you see but mirage and sand?
Has God hid His face, forgotten His child?
The living water gone with His smile?

2 The long years stretch on, the sun burning down,
The burden so heavy, and hard the ground;
As strength starts to fail and dark fears arise,
You question His promise, tears fill your eyes.

3 You think life is o’er, you can’t carry on,
Your footsteps on fire, and strength is gone;
But only believe: your fear will take wings,
The sand turn to pools, and life giving springs!

4 The Word of God speaks, put down your despair:
"I always am with you, as close as prayer;
My love watches o’er you, still ever the same,
And he who believes, shall never know shame."

5 So cast your burden on the Lord;
Your God will sustain you and help afford;
He will not abandon faith to the grave,
Fear not, He is able, mighty to save.

6 It never was o’er—God does not forsake;
Mirage gives way to sparkling lake!
What God has promised, that will He do:
The blessing of Heaven rains down anew.

Text Information
First Line: While plodding through the desert land
Title: Through Desert Land
HUngarian Title: És Tóvá Lesz a Délibáb
Translator: Anna P. Williams (2017)
Versifier: Richard W. Adams (2017)
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain
Notes: Many people think that God’s promises are just a mirage…we think something promising is there, but then it turns out to have been just a mirage—a snare and a delusion…However, God says it in His Word, that what we take to be just a mirage, will turn out to be water to quench our thirst and keep us alive. Anna Piroska Williams June 4, 2017
Tune Information
Name: [While plodding through the desert land]
Key: B♭ Major
Source: Harmonia Sacra, 1867
Copyright: Public Domain

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