Friday, September 23, 2005

The Fury of the Wind, The Raging of the Sea

Job 26:14 "Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand?"

The following is the fruit of contemplating a week in Biloxi ministering amongst Hurricane Katrina damage, anticipating the landing of Hurricane Rita, and mediating on some passages in Job (some of which are listed below).

I've suggested the tune LEOMINSTER. If you open this link in a new window, it is helpful to play while singing the hymn.

UPDATE: A modern tune has been written. Find it and sheet music here.
The Fury of the Wind, The Raging of the Sea

The fury of the wind,
The raging of the sea,
How small a whisper do we hear
Of our God's majesty!
The thunder of His pow'r,
O, who can understand?
Before the fullness of His wrath
O, who of us could stand?

"Shall man find fault with God?"
He asks of man below.
"Now, gird yourself to answer Me.
And tell Me, if you know:
Who made the earth and sea?
Who speaks and stars obey?
Who plays with creatures of the deep?
Who gives the beast its prey?"

You, Lord, can do all things,
And none can stay Your hand.
I uttered what I did not know
And could not understand.
Before Your greatness, Lord,
I fall upon my face.
And, by such glory stripped of pride,
I cast myself on grace.

The raging wind and sea
Cause me to flee to Christ,
Who bore the tempest of God's wrath
To be my sacrifice.
Though in the storm I'm blind,
I trust my Sovereign's plan.
I know that my Redeemer lives
And with Him I shall stand.

Text: © Eric Schumacher (1976- )
Tune: George William Martin (1821-1881), LEOMINSTER
Permission granted to reproduce this in nonsalable, temporary worship media. All other uses require the permission of the author.
Update: For those looking for a different tune, you may also like TERRA PATRIS (note the irony) or PARADOXY. Thanks to Chip Stam for these suggestions.

If you're into writing contemporary music with choruses (and I AM looking for someone to write contemporary tunes to my texts!), a suggested chorus would be to repeat the first four lines:

The fury of the wind,
The raging of the sea,
How small a whisper do we hear
Of our God's majesty!
[Two sermons on the topic of hurricanes--here and here. Two other hymns on the topic of suffering I posted earlier--here and here.]

Job 40:1-14 And the LORD said to Job: 2 "Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it." 3 Then Job answered the LORD and said: 4 "Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. 5 I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further." 6 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said: 7 "Dress for action like a man; I will question you, and you make it known to me. 8 Will you even put me in the wrong? Will you condemn me that you may be in the right? 9 Have you an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like his? 10 "Adorn yourself with majesty and dignity; clothe yourself with glory and splendor. 11 Pour out the overflowings of your anger, and look on everyone who is proud and abase him. 12 Look on everyone who is proud and bring him low and tread down the wicked where they stand. 13 Hide them all in the dust together; bind their faces in the world below. 14 Then will I also acknowledge to you that your own right hand can save you.
Job 19:25-27 For I know that my Redeemer lives, and at the last he will stand upon the earth. 26 And after my skin has been thus destroyed, yet in my flesh I shall see God, 27 whom I shall see for myself, and my eyes shall behold, and not another. My heart faints within me!