677. God moves in a mysterious way

1 God moves in a mysterious way
his wonders to perform:
he plants his footsteps in the sea,
and rides upon the storm.

2 Deep in unfathomable mines,
with never-failing skill,
he treasures up his bright designs,
and works his sovereign will.

3 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
the clouds ye so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
in blessings on your head.

4 Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
but trust him for his grace;
behind a frowning providence
he hides a smiling face.

5 His purposes will ripen fast,
unfolding every hour:
the bud may have a bitter taste,
but sweet will be the flower.

6 Blind unbelief is sure to err,
and scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
and he will make it plain.

Text Information
First Line: God moves in a mysterious way
Author: William Cowper, 1731-1800
Meter: CM
Language: English
Publication Date: 1985
Tune Information
Name: LONDON NEW
Harmonizer: John Playford, 1623-1668
Meter: CM
Key: D Major
Source: The Psalmes of David in Prose and Meeter, 1635, alt. (melody)



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