Tuesday Hymns: “My Times Are in Thy Hand”

William Freeman Lloyd was an Englishman who was known for his work with the Sunday School Union, and the Religious Tract Society in the early 19th century. His hymn, “My Times Are in Thy Hand,” is our Tuesday Hymn for this week. This hymn is based on the 31st Psalm and speaks of God’s loving care for His children through the difficult times of living in a fallen world. His most comforting line in the hymn is found in the 3rd verse where he reminds us that “My Father’s hand will never cause His child a needless tear,” reminding us of God’s purposes in both the sunshine and shadow of our lives.

It is normally sung to the tune, VIGIL, but Sunday we sang it to the more familiar tune, FESTAL SONG.

My times are in thy hand;
My God, I wish them there;
My life, my friends, my soul, I leave
Entirely to thy care.

My times are in thy hand;
Whatever they may be;
Pleasing or painful, dark or bright,
As best may seem to thee.

My times are in thy hand;
Why should I doubt or fear?
My Father’s hand will never cause
His child a needless tear.

My times are in thy hand;
Jesus the Crucified;
Those hands my cruel sins had pierced
Are now my guard and guide.

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