What God Ordains Is Always Good

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1 What God ordains is always good:
his will is just and holy.
As he directs my life for me,
I follow meek and lowly.
My God indeed in ev'ry need
knows well how he will shield me;
to him, then, I will yield me.

2 What God ordains is always good:
he never will deceive me;
he leads me in his righteous way
and never will he leave me.
I take content what he has sent;
his hand that sends me sadness
will turn my tears to gladness.

3 What God ordains is always good:
though I the cup am drinking
which savors now of bitterness,
I take it without shrinking.
For after grief God grants relief,
my heart with comfort filling
and all my sorrow stilling.

4 What God ordains is always good:
this truth remains unshaken.
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
I shall not be forsaken.
I fear no harm, for with his arm
he will embrace and shield me;
so to my God I yield me.

Source: Christian Worship: Hymnal #844

Author: Samuel Rodigast, 1649-1708

Samuel Rodigast, son of Johann Rodigast, pastor at Groben near Jena, was born at Groben Oct. 19, 1649. He entered the University of Jena in 1668 (M.A. 1671), and was in 1676 appointed adjunct of the philosophical faculty. In 1680 he became conrector of the Greyfriars Gymnasium at Berlin. While in this position he refused the offers of a professorship at Jena and the Rectorships of the Schools at Stade and Stralsund. Finally, in 1698, he became rector of the Greyfriars Gymnasium, and held this post till his death. His tombstone in the Koster-Kirche in Berlin says he died "die xxix. Mart. a. MDCCVII . . . aetatis anno lix." ...Two hymns have been ascribed to him, on of which has passed into English, viz.:--"Whatever God ordains is right.… Go to person page >



WAS GOTT TUT is usually attributed to Severus Gastorius (b. Ottern, near Weimar, Germany, 1646; d. Jena, Germany, 1682), who presumably composed the tune during a convalescence in 1675 (see above). The tune was published in Ausserlesenes Weimarisches Gesangbuch (1681). Educated at the University of…

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Christian Worship #429

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Christian Worship #844


Christian Worship #845

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Hymns to the Living God #324

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Lutheran Service Book #760


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Small Church Music #920


Together in Song #109

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