The Promises of God

I was wandering in a wilderness of deep despair and sin

Author: Lanta Wilson Smith
Tune: [I was wandering in a wilderness of deep despair and sin]
Published in 12 hymnals

Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 I was wand’ring in a wilderness of deep despair and sin,
And my feet were growing weary of the road;
But my sorrow, doubt, and care
Fled when Jesus met me there,
And I learned to trust the promises of God.

I believe the promises of God,
I can trust his never failing Word;
When earthly hopes shall fail,
Or hosts of sin assail,
I rest upon the promises of God.

2 I was followed by the tempter, as he watch’d me day by day,
While I sought the shining path my Saviour trod;
But with panoply and shield,
And the Spirit’s sword to wield,
I have conquered thro’ the promises of God. [Refrain]

3 After days of glad rejoicing came a time of grief and care,
When I sank beneath the heavy chast’ning rod;
And the heart so torn by grief
Found it comfort and relief
Only thro’ the blessed promises of God. [Refrain]

4 So I pave the path before me with the promises of God;
They have brighten’d ev’ry step my feet have trod;
And this shining, happy way
Brightens into perfect day,
Thro’ the never failing promises of God. [Refrain]

Source: Crowning Day No. 4 #164

Author: Lanta Wilson Smith

Lanta Wilson Smith was born July 19, 1856 at Castine, Maine, and died October 19, 1939 at Taunton, Massachusetts. She was the daughter of a Methodist minister, William J. Wilson, and his wife Sedelia Follett. Her father belonged to the Maine, and later the East Maine Conferences from 1846 until 1866, when he with his family traveled in a covered wagon to the west, where he served as minister in Nebraska and Dakota. Later he returned to New England and founded out his sixty-four years in the ministry at an appointment in Hingham, Massachusetts. From her early childhood Lanta sang and played the organ in church and Sunday school wherever her father was located. When seventeen she attended Bucksport Seminary, Maine, where she received som… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: I was wandering in a wilderness of deep despair and sin
Title: The Promises of God
Author: Lanta Wilson Smith
Language: English
Refrain First Line: I believe the promises of God
Copyright: Public Domain



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