The Lord Will Provide

Representative Text

1 Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,
though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,
yet one thing secures us, whatever betide,
the promise assures us, "The Lord will provide."

2 The birds, without garner or storehouse, are fed;
from them let us learn to trust God for our bread.
His saints what is fitting shall ne'er be denied
so long as 'tis written, "The Lord will provide."

3 When Satan assails us to stop up our path,
and courage all fails us, we triumph by faith.
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
this heart-cheering promise, "The Lord will provide."

4 No strength of our own and no goodness we claim;
yet, since we have known of the Savior's great name,
in this our strong tower for safety we hide:
the Lord is our power, "The Lord will provide."

Source: Trinity Psalter Hymnal #246

Author: John Newton

John Newton (b. London, England, 1725; d. London, 1807) was born into a Christian home, but his godly mother died when he was seven, and he joined his father at sea when he was eleven. His licentious and tumul­tuous sailing life included a flogging for attempted desertion from the Royal Navy and captivity by a slave trader in West Africa. After his escape he himself became the captain of a slave ship. Several factors contributed to Newton's conversion: a near-drowning in 1748, the piety of his friend Mary Catlett, (whom he married in 1750), and his reading of Thomas à Kempis' Imitation of Christ. In 1754 he gave up the slave trade and, in association with William Wilberforce, eventually became an ardent abolitionist. After becoming a tide… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: Though troubles assail, and dangers affright
Title: The Lord Will Provide
Author: John Newton
Language: English
Refrain First Line: My grace is sufficient for thee
Copyright: Public Domain


Though troubles assail, And dangers affright. J. Newton. [Security in God.] Written in February, 1775, for the service at the Great House at Olney (Bull's Life of Newton, 1868, p. 208), and first published in the Gospel Magazine, Jan. 1777, p. 42, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "Jehovah-Jireh, i.e. The Lord will provide, Gen. xxii. 14." It was included in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 7, with the title ”The Lord will provide." It is usually given in an abbreviated form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


[Though troubles assail and dangers affright] (Hudson)



William Croft (b. Nether Ettington, Warwickshire, England, 1678; d. Bath, Somerset, England, 1727) was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal in London and then an organist at St. Anne's, Soho. Later he became organist, composer, and master of the children of the Chapel Royal, and eventually organist a…

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