816. If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee

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1 If thou but trust in God to guide thee,
with hopeful heart through all thy ways,
God will give strength, whate'er betide thee,
to bear thee through the evil days.
Who trusts in God's unchanging love
builds on the rock that nought can move.

2 Only be still, and wait God's leisure
in cheerful hope, with heart content
to take whate'er thy Keeper's pleasure
and all-discerning love hath sent.
No doubt our inmost wants are clear
to One who holds us always dear.

3 Sing, pray, and swerve not from God's ways,
but do thine own part faithfully.
Trust the rich promises of grace;
so shall they be fulfilled in thee.
God never yet forsook at need
the soul secured by trust indeed.

Text Information
First Line: If thou but trust in God to guide thee
Title: If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee
Original Language: German
Author: Georg Neumark (1641)
Translator: Catherine Winkworth (1855, 1863, alt.)
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.8.
Language: English
Publication Date: 2013
Scripture: ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ; ;
Topic: Grace; Guidance; Hope (3 more...)
Tune Information
Name: WER NUR DEN LIEBEN GOTT
Composer: Georg Neumark (1641)
Meter: 9.8.9.8.8.8.
Key: B♭ Major


Text Information:

This hymn is a testimony of experience. The original seven-stanza German text (based on Psalm 55:22) and its tune were created by the author-composer at the age of twenty in thanksgiving for finding employment many weeks after being left almost penniless following a robbery.


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