Another hymn based on a specific name of God, this time YHWH-Rapha, written by William Cowper and published in 1799. The name comes from Exodus 15:26 (HCSB) “He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in His eyes, pay attention to His commands, and keep all His statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I AM Yahweh who heals you.””
JEHOVAH-ROPHI, I AM THE LORD THAT HEALETH THEE.
HEAL us, EMMANUEL, here we are,
Waiting to feel thy touch;
Deep wounded souls to thee repair,
And, Saviour, we are such.
Our faith is feeble we confess,
We faintly trust thy word;
But wilt thou pity us the less?
Be that far from thee, LORD!
Remember him who once apply’d
With trembling for relief;
“LORD, I believe, with tears he cry’d,
“O help my unbelief.”
She too, who touch’d thee in the press,
And healing virtue stole;
Was answer’d, “Daughter, go in peace,
“Thy faith hath made thee whole.”
Conceal’d amid the gath’ring throng,
She would have shunn’d thy view;
And if her faith was firm and strong,
Had strong misgivings too.
Like her, with hopes and fears, we come,
To touch thee if we may;
Oh! send us not despairing home,
Send none unheard away.
Published originally in “Olney Hymns”, 1779
Taken from “William Cowper’s Olney Hymns”, p 29