The Signs Which God To Gideon Gave


The signs which God to Gideon gave,
His holy sovereignty make known;
That he alone has power to save,
And claims the glory as his own.

The dew which first the fleece had fill’d,
When all the earth was dry around;
Was from it afterwards withheld,
And only fell upon the ground.

To Israel thus the heav’nly dew,
Of saving truth, was long restrain’d;
Of which the gentiles nothing knew,
But dry and desolate remain’d.

But now the gentiles have receiv’d
The balmy dew of gospel grace;
And Israel, who his spirit griev’d,
Is left a dry, and empty fleece.

This dew still falls at his command,
To keep his chosen plants alive,
They shall, tho’ in a thirsty land,
Like willows by the waters thrive.

But chiefly when his people meet,
To hear his word, and seek his face:
The gentle dew, with influence sweet,
Descends, and nourishes their grace.

But ah! what numbers still are dead,
Tho’ under means of grace they life,
The dew still falling round their head,
And yet their hearts untouch’d, and dry.

Dear Savior, hear us when we call;
To wrestling prayer an answer give;
Pour down thy dew upon us all,
That all may feel, and all may life.

Divine Hymns of Spiritual Songs,