There are times when I wander through hymnals, looking for new hymns and psalms for the congregation I pastor. The Trinity Hymnal (“True Blue” as one dear pastor friend refers to it) has a wealth of good stuff in it. One such is the below. I would consider it, but I am concerned that though the fourth and fifth verses are true for portions of Christ’s church in this country, they are true neither for the country as a whole, nor for significant portions of those claiming the name of Christ within its boundaries.
1 Great King of nations, hear our prayer,
While at Thy feet we fall,
And humbly, with united cry,
To Thee for mercy call.
2 The guilt is ours, but grace is Thine,
O turn us not away;
But hear us from Thy lofty throne,
And help us when we pray.
3 Our fathers’ sins were manifold,
And ours no less we own,
Yet wondrously from age to age
Thy goodness has been shown.
4 When dangers, like a stormy sea,
Beset our country round,
To Thee we looked, to Thee we cried,
And help in Thee was found.
5 With one consent we meekly bow
Beneath Thy chastening hand,
And, pouring forth confession meet,
Mourn with our mourning land.
6 With pitying eye behold our need,
As thus we lift our prayer;
Correct us with Thy judgments, Lord,
Then let Thy mercy spare.