The Fury of the Wind, The Raging of the Sea

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This text 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 37-42.

This text has also been set to a modern tune.

This hymn text was the subject of an interpretation by Mary Louise Bringle in The Hymn: A Journal of Congregational Song, (vol. 57, no 2, Spring 2006) published by The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Copyright 2006. All rights reserved. It is reprinted here by permission. Read the article here.


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, © 2005
Tune: LEOMINSTER by George W. Martin (1821-81)


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