If thou but suffer God to guide thee

If thou but suffer God to guide thee

Author: Georg Neumark, 1640, Translated by: Catherine Winkworth, 1863. Text: Ps. 55:22 - Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee

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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 "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"
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