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Elijah Fed by Ravens
Elijah's example declares, Whatever distress may betide; The saints may commit all their cares To him who will surely provide: When rain long withheld from the earth Occasioned a famine of bread; The prophet, secure from the dearth, By ravens was constantly fed. More likely to rob than to feed, Were ravens who live upon prey; But when the Lord's people have need, His goodness will find out a way: This instance to those may seem strange, Who know not how faith can prevail; But sooner all nature shall change, Than one of God's promises fail. Nor is it a singular case, The wonder is often renewed; And many can say, to his praise, He sends them by ravens their food: Thus worldlings, though ravens indeed, Though greedy and selfish their mind, If God has a servant to feed, Against their own wills can be kind. Thus Satan, that raven unclean, Who croaks in the ears of the saints; Compelled by a power unseen, Administers oft to their wants: God teaches them how to find food From all the temptations they feel; This raven, who thirsts for my blood, Has helped me to many a meal. How safe and how happy are they Who on the good Shepherd rely! He gives them out strength for their day, Their wants he will surely supply: He ravens and lions can tame, All creatures obey his command; Then let me rejoice in his name, And leave all my cares in his hand. Olney Hymn # 35, vol. 1.
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