If thou but suffer God to guide thee

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Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalms 55:22

May God bless you today in whatever your circumstances. Keep patient, believe and be of good cheer - The Lord’s on his way.

P.S. Some of the most comforting parts of the hymn are not included in the recording. Take a look at the stanzas and decide what you think.

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Lyrics

“If Thou But Suffer God to Guide Thee”

by Georg Neumark, 1621-1681 Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878

  1. If thou but suffer God to guide thee
    And hope in Him through all thy ways,
    He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
    And bear thee through the evil days.
    Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
    Builds on the Rock that naught can move.

  2. What can these anxious cares avail thee,
    These never-ceasing moans and sighs?
    What can it help if thou bewail thee
    O’er each dark moment as it flies?
    Our cross and trials do but press
    The heavier for our bitterness.

  3. Be patient and await His leisure
    In cheerful hope, with heart content
    To take whate’er thy Father’s pleasure
    And His discerning love hath sent,
    Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
    To Him who chose us for His own.

  4. God knows full well when times of gladness
    Shall be the needful thing for thee.
    When He has tried thy soul with sadness
    And from all guile has found thee free,
    He comes to thee all unaware
    And makes thee own His loving care.

  5. Nor think amid the fiery trial
    That God hath cast thee off unheard,
    That he whose hopes meet no denial
    Must surely be of God preferred.
    Time passes and much change doth bring
    And sets a bound to everything.

  6. All are alike before the Highest;
    ‘Tis easy to our God, we know,
    To raise thee up, though low thou liest,
    To make the rich man poor and low.
    True wonders still by Him are wrought
    Who setteth up and brings to naught.

  7. Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
    Perform thy duties faithfully,
    And trust His Word, though undeserving,
    Thou yet shalt find it true for thee.
    God never yet forsook in need
    The soul that trusted Him indeed.

Hymn #518 in The Lutheran Hymnal Text: Ps. 55:22 Author: Georg Neumark, 1640 Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt. Titled: “Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten” Composer: Georg Neumark, 1640 Tune: “Wer nur den lieben Gott”

Originally published at: Comfort for Christians

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