The Divine Refiner

16 11 2012

Job 23:8-10: “Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: On the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as GOLD.

1 Peter 1:6-8: “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of GOLD that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:

O, once I had a glorious view of my redeeming Lord; He said, I’ll be a God to you, and I believed his word. But now I have a deeper stroke Than all my groanings are; My God has me of late forsook,–He’s gone, I know not where.

O what immortal joys I felt, on that celestial day, When my hard heart began to melt, by love dissolved away! But my complaint is bitter now, for all my joys are gone; I’ve strayed!–I’m left!–I know not how the light’s from the withdrawn.

I forward go in duty’s way, But can’t perceive him there; Then backwards on the road I stray, but cannot find him there: On the left hand, where he doth work, among the wicked crew, And on the right, I find him not, among the favored few.

What shall I do?–Shall I lie down, and sink in deep despair? Will he forever wear a frown, nor hear my feeble prayer? No: he will put his strength in me, He knows the way I’ve strolled And when I’m tried sufficiently I shall come forth as GOLD.

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