Hymn

"IF THOU BUT SUFFER GOD TO GUIDE THEE"

This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful hymns ever written that expresses trust in God for his sovereignty. If thou but suffer God to guide thee, And hope in him through all thy ways, He'll give thee strength, whate'er betide thee, And bear thee through the evil days: Who trusts in God's unchanging love Builds on the rock that naught can move. What can these anxious cares avail thee, These never-ceasing moans and sighs? What can it help, if thou bewail thee O'er each dark moment as it flies? Our cross and trials do but press The heavier for our bitterness. Only be still, and wait his leisure In cheerful hope, with heart content To take whate'er thy Father's pleasure And all-deserving love hath sent; Nor doubt our inmost wants are known To him who chose us for his own. All are alike before the highest; 'Tis easy to our God, we know, To raise thee up though low thou liest, To make the rich man poor and low; True wonders still by him are wrought Who setteth up and brings to naught. Sing, pray, and keep his ways unswerving, So do thine own part faithfully, And trust his Word, though undeserving, Thou yet shalt find it true for thee; God never yet forsook at need The soul that trusted him indeed. Author: Georg Neumark, 1641

Alternative hymns: "God Moves in a Mysterious Way" (printed at the end of chapter 16); "Crown Him With Many Crowns"

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