I hold the keys of death and Hades. Revelation 1:18
Words: Joseph Parker, in Gospel Hymns No. 5, edited by Ira D. Sankey, James McGranahan & George Stebbins (Cincinnati, Ohio & New York: John Church and Biglow & Main, 1887), number 134. Some hymnals incorrectly give his first name as
God holds the key of all unknown,
And I am glad;
If other hands should hold the key,
Or if He trusted it to me,
I might be sad, I might be sad.
What if tomorrow’s cares were here
Without its rest!
I’d rather He unlocked the day;
And, as the hours swing open, say,
My will is best, My will is best.
The very dimness of my sight
Makes me secure;
For, groping in my misty way,
I feel His hand; I hear Him say,
My help is sure, My help is sure.
I cannot read His future plans;
But this I know;
I have the smiling of His face,
And all the refuge of His grace,
While here below, while here below.
Enough! this covers all my wants,
And so I rest!
For what I cannot, He can see,
And in His care I saved shall be,
Forever blest, forever blest.