The Presbyterian Hymnal: Hymns, Psalms, and Spiritual Songs


If Thou but Trust in God to Guide Thee

1.  If thou but trust in God to guide thee,
    With hopeful heart through all thy ways,
    God will give strength, whate'er betide thee,
    To bear thee through the evil days.
    Who trusts in God's unchanging love
    Builds on the rock that nought can move.

2.  Only be still, and wait God's leisure
    In cheerful hope, with heart content
    To take whate'er thy Keeper's pleasure
    And all discerning love hath sent.
    No doubt our inmost wants are clear
    To One who holds us always dear.

3.  Sing, pray, and swerve not from God's ways,
    But do thine own part faithfully;
    Trust the rich promises of grace,
    So shall they be fulfilled in thee.
    God never yet forsook at need
    The soul secured by trust indeed.

WORDS: Georg Neumark, 1657
MUSIC: Trans. Catherine Winkworth, 1855, 1863; alt. 1987Georg Neumark, 1657
Theme: God