Monday, September 28, 2015

Cowper: God moves in a mysterious way

Monday, September 28, 2015
    Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out!
    —Romans 11:33 (NIV)
God moves in a mysterious way,
    His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
    And rides upon the storm.

Deep in unfathomable mines
    Of never-failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
    And works his sov’reign will.

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.

His purposes will ripen fast,
    Unfolding ev’ry 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.
    ... William Cowper (1731-1800), Olney Hymns [1779], John Newton, Edinburgh: Murray & Cochrane, 1797, fifth edition, p. 255 (see the book)
    See also Rom. 11:33; Isa. 55:8-9; John 13:7; Rom. 8:28; 1 Tim. 3:16
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, I place my trust in You.

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