147 - If thou but trust in God to guide thee
 
1 If thou but trust in 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 neverceasing 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 onheard,
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 ev'rything.
 
6 All are alike before the Highest;
'Tis easy for 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.

Tekst: Georg Neumark
Vertaling Engels door: Catherine Winkworth
Muziek: Georg Neumark
Oorspronkelijke Duitse tekst: Wer nur den lieben Gott lt walten
Nederlandse vertaling: Bundel Johan de Heer - lied 421, Gezang 194 - Wie maar de goede God laat zorgen
Afwijkende vertaling: Liedboek voor de kerken - lied 429
Schrift: Psalm 48:15