Poetry Monday – Trusting God’s mysterious moves

November 6, 2012 — Leave a comment

William Cowper was one of the most popular poets in England. He wrote poems and hymns, influenced by his association with John Newton (of Amazing Grace fame). Here is a poem/hymn originally titled “LIght Shining Out of Darkness.” It speaks of trust in our sovereign God. The last stanza reminds us that we miss the goodness of God if we don’t look to God to be his own interpreter in times of trouble!

God moves in a mysterious way

His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs,
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.

Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

William Cowper (1731-1800)

Where do you need to trust in the Lord’s grace with “fresh courage?”


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