As I was Reading Today – a Sweet Taste of Newton


Ge 22:13–14: And Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. And Abraham went and took the ram and offered it up as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called the name of that place, “The LORD will provide”; as it is said to this day, “On the mount of the LORD it shall be provided.”

THE saints should never be dismay’d,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect his aid,
The Saviour will appear.

2 This Abraham found; he rais’d the knife,
God saw, and said, “Forbear:
Yon ram shall yield his meaner life;
Behold the victim there.”

3 Once David seem’d Saul’s certain prey:
But, hark! the foe’s at hand;*
Saul turns his arms another way,
To save th’ invaded land.

4 When Jonah sunk beneath the wave,
He thought to rise no more;†
But God prepar’d a fish to save
And bear him to the shore.

5 Blest proofs of pow’r and grace divine,
That meet us in his word!
May ev’ry deep-felt care of mine
Be trusted with the Lord.

6 Wait for his seasonable aid,
And though it tarry, wait:
The promise may be long delay’d,
But cannot come too late.
John Newton and Richard Cecil, The Works of John Newton, vol. 3 (London: Hamilton, Adams & Co., 1824), 312–313.

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