30. O God, in a Mysterious Way

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1 O God, in a mysterious way
great wonders you perform.
You plant your footsteps in the sea
and ride upon the storm.

2 Deep in unfathomable mines
of never-failing skill,
you treasure up your bright designs
and work your sovereign will.

3 O fearful saints, fresh courage take.
The clouds you so much dread
are big with mercy and shall break
in blessings on your head.

4 Our unbelief is sure to err
and scan your work in vain.
You are your own interpreter,
and you will make it plain.

Text Information
First Line: O God, in a mysterious way
Title: O God, in a Mysterious Way
Author: William Cowper (1773, alt.)
Publication Date: 2013
Meter: CM
Scripture: 2 Samuel 22:7-20; Job 28; Job 36:27-29; Psalm 77:19; Psalm 104:3; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 40:28; Daniel 2:22; Daniel 4:35; Matthew 11:25-26; Mark 6:1-13; Luke 12:49-53; John 13:7; Romans 8:28; Romans 11:33-35
Topic: Creation; Mercy; Providence (1 more...)
Language: English
Tune Information
Composer: Unknown
Meter: CM
Key: E♭ Major
Notes: (alternate harmonization, 45)

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This classic text gains renewed energy and focus from its recasting here: despite our fear and confusion, we can trust that God’s providential purposes will eventually be revealed. In its original source the tune printed here is one of twelve not assigned to a specific hymn.

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