For It Is God Who Orders Life
Words: anonymous, based on Psalm 39
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1. I said my ways I'll guard with care, Lest with my tongue I sin, O God; I put a bridle on my lips, When in the presence of ungodly men With silence I became as dumb; I held my peace but to no avail. Sorrow within my heart was stirred; My distress grew hot as fire! 2. Then with my tongue I spoke these words; Let me know my end, O God; What is the number of my days; O let me know how fleeting is life. Thou hast made my days as a span; They are as nothing in Thy sight, Surely before Thee all men stand; As a mere breath they stand before Thee.. 3. O surely man is but a breath; Like a shadow he goes about; Men are in turmoil all for nought; Wealth do they gather but all in vain. Now, O God, for what do I wait? My hope in Thee is; my sin forgive. O make me not the scorn of fools! I shall not speak but remain as dumb. 4. For it is God who orders life; Take away Thy stroke from me. I am consumed by Thine own hand, When Thou dost chasten man for all his sin. Man's life is vain and wasted away; Hear Thou my cry and hold not Thy peace! Spare me that I may gladness know, O God, recall how fleeting is life.