The Fury of the Wind

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This text by Eric Schumacher is a beautiful mixing of the fiery descriptions and words of God in Job and the need that seeing such wrath stirs within the human soul to “flee to Christ.” We would all be “knocked off our high horse” if God were ever to appear to us the way He did to Job in the final five chapters of the book. What a frightening and humbling experience that would be! Our only sane response would be to fall before the feet of the Holy One. It is this very realization of our mortal and sinful selves that shows us the need that we have for the Holy God to make provision for us (no other could possibly do so!). God the Son is the only one who can “make you stand in the presence of His glory blameless with great joy” (Jude 24).

This text can also be set to a traditional 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.

Words by Eric Schumacher. Music by Jeff Bourque.
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A line to let you know that I loved this song. When shallow repetitive
chorus, and "Jesus is my Boyfriend" songs fill the church with trite worship... It is good to know that there are gifted musicians who still use their talents to proclaim the Majesty of our Sovereign God.
May Our Heavenly Father and the Lord Jesus Christ bless you as continue to minister in song... Dorian
» Dorian of the Cross on August 12th, 2009

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» Joshua on August 25th, 2009

This song, like the Gospel of Grace, brought tears to my eyes. I am going thru a difficult time. Thank you for ministering to me thru your music. Our Lord be praised!
» arlan aquino on September 8th, 2009

i like this rendition,... i wrote some music to this a couple of years ago, but never recorded it... I may just have to.
» jason d. on October 9th, 2009

I truly love this! I write lyrics to Christian songs; but have need of music to go with it. I need someone who can help me. If you have any ideas, please let me know. You have such an awesome, Godly gift!
» Doris Hayes Gibson on November 1st, 2009

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