God lives, can I despair

God lives, can I despair

Author: Benjamin Schmolck
Tune: [God lives! can I despair]
Published in 2 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 God lives! can I despair,
As if He were not mine?
Is not my life His care?
Is not His hand divine?

God lives! there rest my soul;
God hears! before Him bow;
God sees! and can control;
God leads! then follow thou.

2 God hears, when none will hear;
My soul, art thou afraid?
My sighs mount to His ear;
Will He refuse His aid? [Refrain]

3 God sees! my heart, be still!
He knows thy deepest pain;
The joy that once did thrill,
The sorrows that remain. [Refrain]

4 God leads! I follow on
Thro’ paths that He will show;
Tho’ daylight oft be gone,
His guiding hand I know. [Refrain]

Source: Sacred Songs No. 1: compiled and arranged for use in gospel meetings, Sunday schools, prayer meetings and other religious services #40

Author: Benjamin Schmolck

Schmolck, Benjamin, son of Martin Schmolck, or Schmolcke, Lutheran pastor at Brauchitschdorf (now Chrόstnik) near Liegnitz in Silesia (now Poland) was born at Brauchitschdorf, Dec. 21, 1672. He entered the Gymnasium at Lauban in 1688, and spent five years there. After his return home he preached for his father a sermon which so struck the patron of the living that he made Benjamin an allowance for three years to enable him to study theology. He matriculated, at Michaelmas, 1693, at the University of Leipzig, where he came under the influence of J. Olearius, J. B. Carpzov, and others, and throughout his life retained the character of their teaching, viz. a warm and living practical Christianity, but Churchly in tone and not Pietistic. In th… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: God lives, can I despair
Author: Benjamin Schmolck
Refrain First Line: God lies, there rest my soul
Copyright: Public Domain



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