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

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… 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]


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