1 Commit thy way, confiding,
When trials here arise,
To Him whose hand is guiding
The tumults of the skies.
There clouds and tempests, raging,
Have each their path assigned;
Will God, for thee engaging,
No way of safety find?
2 Trust in the Lord! His favor
Will for thy wants provide;
Regard His word!--and ever
Thy work shall safe abide.
When sorrows here o'ertake thee,
And self-inflicted care,
Let not thy God forsake thee!
He listens for thy prayer.
3 Should Satan league his forces,
God's purpose to withstand,
Think not their rage and curses
Can stay His lifted hand!
When He makes known His pleasure,
The counsel of His will,
That, in its utmost measure,
Will He at last fulfill.
4 Hope on then, weak believer,
Hope on, and falter not!
He will thy soul deliver
From deeps of troubled thought.
Thy graces will He nourish,
With hope thy heart employ,
Till faith and hope shall flourish
And yield their fruits of joy.
5 Well blest, His grace receiving,
God owns thee for a son!
With joy, and with thanksgiving,
Behold the victor's crown!
Thy hand the palm-branch raises,
God gives it thee to bear;
Then sing aloud His praises,
Who has removed thy care.
6 The sorrows, Lord, that try us,
O bring them to an end!
With needed strength supply us!
Thy love to us commend!
That we, till death pursuing
Thy best, Thy chosen way,
May then, our life renewing,
Praise Thee in endless day.
Source: Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #411
Befiehl du deine Wege. P. Gerhardt. [Trust in God.] This hymn, which Lauxmann in Koch, viii. 392, calls "The most comforting of all the hymns that have resounded on Paulus Gerhardt's golden lyre, sweeter to many souls than honey and the honey-comb," appeared as No. 333 in the Frankfurt edition, 1656, of Crüger's Praxis pietatis melica. Thence in Wackernagel's edition of his Geistliche Lieder, No. 66, and Bachmann's edition, No. 72, in 12 stanzas of 8 lines, and included as No. 620 in the Unverfälschter Liedersegen, 1851. It is an acrostic on Luther's version of Ps. xxxvii. 5, "Befiehl dem Herren deine Wege und hoffe auf ihn, er wirds wohl machen," formed by the initial words of the stanzas, those in Wackernagel’s edition being printed in blacker type.
The hymn soon spread over Germany, found its way into all the hymn-books, and ranks as one of the finest hymns of its class. Lauxmann relates that it was sung when the foundation stone of the first Lutheran church at Philadelphia was laid, May 2,1743, and again on Oct. 20, when the Father of the American Lutheran Church, Heinrich Melchior Muhlenberg, held the opening service.
Translation in common use:—
Commit thy way, confiding. In full by Dr. H. Mills in the Evangelical Review, Gettysburg, July, 1849, and his Horae Germanica, 1856, p. 172. His stanzas i., ii., vi., xii. were included in the Lutheran General Synod's Hymns, 1852, and i., ii., v., vi., xi., xii. in the Ohio Lutheran Hymnal, 1880.
-- Excerpt from John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)
|Instances (1 - 14 of 14)||Title||First Line||Tune||Tune Key||Author||Meter||Scripture||Date||Subject||Source|
|Collection of Hymns for Public and Private Worship. 4th ed. #d57||Commit thy way, confiding||Henry Mills; Paul Gerhardt||1863|
|Compilation of Hymns for the Use of the Churches of the Christian Union #d151||Commit thy way, confiding||Paul Gerhardt||1871|
|Evangelical Lutheran Hymnal #411||Commit thy way, confiding||1880||Christian Life and Hope | ; The Walk of Godliness | Cross and Consolation|
|Evangelical Lutheran hymnal: with music #411||Commit thy way, confiding||COMMIT THY WAY (Befiehl du deine Wege)||Paul Gerhardt; Rev. Henry Mills, D. D.||No. 13||1908||Sexagesima | ; Third Sunday after Trinity | ; Twenty First Sunday after Trinity | ; Fourth Sunday after Epiphany | ; Sixth Sunday after Easter | ; Fifth Sunday after Trinity | ; Christian Life and Hope | The Walk of Godliness: Cross and Consolation|
|Hymnal for Church, School and Home #d25||Commit thy way, confiding||Henry Mills; Paul Gerhardt||1908|
|Hymns, Selected and Original, for Public and Private Worship, published by General Synod for the Evangelical Lutheran Church. 68th ed. (8th rev. ed.) #d142||Commit thy way, confiding||Henry Mills; Paul Gerhardt||1855|
|Hymns: original and selected, for public and private worship in the Evangelical Lutheran Church (16th rev. ed.) #775||Commit thy way, confiding||1850|
|Hymns: selected and original, for public and private worship (4th ed. 3rd rev. ed.) #775||Commit thy way, confiding||1857|
|Sacred Songs: for use in inner mission work and church societies #94||Commit Thy way, confiding||Paul Gerhardt; Mills||1914|
|School Carols #d52||Commit thy way, confiding||Henry Mills; Paul Gerhardt||1914|
|Songs of Praise #d52||Commit thy way, confiding||Henry Mills; Paul Gerhardt||1935|
|Songs of Praise for Sunday Schools, Church Societies and the Home #d51||Commit thy way, confiding||Henry Mills; Paul Gerhardt||1935|
|The Book of Worship #327||Commit Thy way, confiding||7s & 6s.||Psalm 37||1867||Man a Saint | In Bodily and Spiritual Trouble|
|The Sunday School Hymnal: a Collection of Music for Sunday and Week-day Schools #d46||Commit thy way, confiding, When trials here arise||1883|