Oh For a Faith

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Song Background

William Bathurst, the writer of this hymn (one of 200 hymns), was inspired by Luke 17:5-6 (See p.103 from Then Sings My Soul by Robert J. Morgan) “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Increase our faith!’ He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”

Lyrics

Oh for a faith that will not shrink
though pressed by many a foe
that will not tremble on the brink of poverty or woe
of poverty or woe
of poverty or woe
that will not tremble on the brink of poverty or woe

That will not murmur or complain
beneath the chastening rod
but in the hour of grief or pain can lean upon its God
can lean upon its God
can lean upon its God
but in the hour of grief or pain can lean upon its God

A faith that shines more bright and clear
though tempests rage without
that when in danger knows no fear in darkness feels no doubt
in darkness feels no doubt
in darkness feels no doubt
that when in danger knows no fear in darkness feels no doubt

Lord give us such a faith as this
and then whate’er may come
I’ll taste e’en here the hallowed bliss of an eternal home
of an eternal home
of an eternal home
I’ll taste e’en here the hallowed bliss of an eternal home

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