Christ My Song - 27 - English
God moves in a mysterious way - Light shining out of darkness
(William Cowper/Johannes Thomas Rüegg)
Light shining out of darkness.
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
of 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 works in vain:
God is his own interpreter,
and he will make it plain.
6,1: John 13,7.
William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, 1853(?), 270-271.
And: Olney Hymns, Book 3, Hymn 15.