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Sovereign Ruler of the Skies

Sovereign Ruler

"My times are in Your hand" (Psalm 31:15a).

1.   Sovereign Ruler of the skies!
      Ever gracious, ever wise!
      All my times are in Thy hand,
      All events at Thy command.

2.   His decree, who formed the earth,
      Fixed my first and second birth;
      Parents, native place and time,
      All appointed were by Him.

3.   He that formed me in the womb,
      He shall guide me to the tomb;
      All my times shall ever be
      Ordered by His wise decree.

4.   Times of sickness, times of health,
      Times of penury and wealth;
      Times of trial and of grief,
      Time of triumph and relief.

5.   Times the tempter's power to prove,
      Times to taste a Savior's love:
      All must come, and last and end,
      As shall please my heavenly Friend.

6.   Plagues and deaths around me fly,
      Till He bids I cannot die:
      Not a single shaft can hit
      Till the God of love thinks fit.

7.   O Thou Gracious, Wise and Just,
      In Thy hands my life I trust:
      Have I somewhat dearer still?
      I resign it to Thy will.

8.   May I always own Thy hand
      Still to the surrender stand;
      Know that Thou art God alone,
      I and mine are all Thine own.

9.   Thee, at all times, will I bless;
      Having Thee, I all possess;
      How can I bereaved be,
      Since I cannot part with Thee?

"Sovereign Ruler of the Skies"
Words by John Ryland (1777)
Music by William Henry Monk (1823–1889)

©Public Domain

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