“Blessed be the name of God forever and ever,
For wisdom and might are His.
21 And He changes the times and the seasons;
He removes kings and raises up kings;
He gives wisdom to the wise
And knowledge to those who have understanding.
22 He reveals deep and secret things;
He knows what is in the darkness,
And light dwells with Him.
Hymn: TLH 579, st. 1,3,2,4: Almighty Lord, before Thy Throne
1. Almighty Lord, before Thy throne
Thy mourning people bend;
‘Tis on Thy grace in Christ alone
Our failing hopes depend.
3. How changed, alas, are truths divine
For error, guilt, and shame!
What impious numbers, bold in sin,
Disgrace the Christian name!
2. Dark judgments from Thy heavy hand
Thy dreadful pow’r display;
Yet mercy spares our guilty land,
And still we live to pray.
4. Oh, turn us, turn us, mighty Lord;
Convert us by Thy grace!
Then shall our hearts obey Thy Word
And see again Thy face.