434. 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.
Deep in unknown, unfathomed mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sov'reign will.

2 Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

3 His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flow'r.
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
Title: God Moves in a Mysterious Way
Author: W. Cowper, 1731-1800 (alt.)
Meter: C M D
Language: English
Publication Date: 1996
Topic: Trinity 7
Tune Information
Meter: C M D
Key: F Major
Source: Kentucky Harmony, 1816; Songs for Liturgy, 1971 (harm.)
Copyright: Setting Songs for Liturgy, 1971

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