“If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee.”

October 16, 2007

Sweet, sweet hymn . . . I can’t even begin to number the times He’s used it to comfort & remind me . . .


“If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee”
by Georg Neumark, 1621-1681
Translated from the German text by Catherine Winkworth, 1829-1878
Updated just for the purposes of this blog from the Old English text, 2007

(To those who love the more archaic version, so do I! The Old English is beautiful, but it’s been “updated” on here just for the sake of comprehension.)

If you but yield to God’s guiding
& hope in Him through all your ways,
He’ll give you strength whatever befalls you,
& carry you through the uncertain days.
He who trusts in God’s unchanging love
builds on the rock that none can move.

What gain do your anxious cares bring you,
these never-ceasing moans & sighs?
What can it help if you lament
over every dark moment passing?
Our cross & trials only weigh
the heavier when we keep a bitter heart.

Be patient & wait for His timing
in cheerful hope, with heart content
to take whatever your Father’s pleasure
& His discerning love has sent.
& do not doubt that our deepest wants are known
to Him who chose us for His own.

Don’t think within the fiery trial
that God has cast you off, unheard.
Nor think that he whose hopes are never denied
must surely be the one whom God prefers.
Time passes & brings much change
& sets an end to everything.

All stand level before the Highest;
we know it is no difficult thing for our God
to raise you up though you are low,
& to make the rich man poor & humble.
He still accomplishes true wonders,
He who establishes & brings to nothing.

Sing, pray, & keep His ways without swerving,
do your own part faithfully,
& trust His Word. Though undeserving,
you shall yet find it true for you.
God never yet abandoned in time of need
the soul that truly, wholly trusted Him.


This hymn reminds me of Psalm 73, the book of Daniel, & I Peter all blended together in song. It reminds me of who He is . . . & how I am to trust Him.


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