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
|First Line:||Though troubles assail, And dangers affright|
|Title:||The Lord Will Provide|
|Refrain First Line:||My grace is sufficient for thee|
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)