“You covered [the earth] with the deep as with a garment; the waters stood above the mountains” (Psalm 104:6).
The world tosses my soul about, churning my heart into a squall and rancor;
I struggled in my own strength, but without hope, I was adrift with no anchor.
I forsook Your fountain, and foolishly sought cisterns that were empty;
But You waited, knowing I could only be satisfied by Thee.
My soul wandered in a dry place, and You gave rain;
Your grace falls like snow to cover my crimson stain.
You shower the world in a flood of hope and mercy,
And still I ask, “but is Your grace sufficient for me?”
Even when I fled to the uttermost parts of the sea,
Determined to drown in my sins and proud iniquity,
You never left my side, Your right hand wouldn’t let me go;
And even in those depths, Your glory continued to show.
In the still of Your peace, my confidence builds and grows like morning dew,
But then troubles rise like the sun, melting my courage until I’m through.
In the night You call to me, testing my faith to draw me near,
But unstable as water, I sink in waves of doubt and fear.
In trial, I cry out, “Why have You led me here, to this place of desolation?”
But You lead me through it to lay me by still waters and grant my heart elation.
Your cloud guides my path, though before me, fear rolls in like a tide;
I say, “I can’t cross, I’m surrounded on every side!”
“Peace, be still,” You tell me, ushering me on, “Why are you bereft?”
Then You dried my path, walling my fears on my right hand and my left.
You broke Your stone to fill my cup and slake my thirst;
From that flow, You spring forth life ‘till I think I’ll burst.
Oh fountain of eternal life, help me in my unbelief!
Let me not forget to drink from whence my soul finds its relief.
Remind me, oh Lord! Remind me, lest I struggle and forget:
You are faithful to save, and You haven’t failed to save me yet.
“If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:37-38).