Music Monday: The Lord Will Provide (Cowper)

Christians are familiar with the unforgettable story in Genesis 22 where the Lord provides a ram to take the place of Isaac on the altar. The great phrase in the story is: “Yahweh will provide.” William Cowper (John Newton’s dear friend) wrote an excellent hymn with this theme of waiting on the Lord – for he will provide. Here it is:

The saints should never be dismay’d,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect his aid,
The Saviour will appear.

This Abraham found, he rais’d the knife,
God saw, and said, “Forbear;
Yon ram shall yield his meaner life,
Behold the victim there.”

Once David seem’d Saul’s certain prey;
But hark! the foe’s at hand,
Saul turns his arms another way,
To save th’ invaded land.

When Jonah sunk beneath the wave
He thought to rise no more;
But God prepar’d a fish to save,
And bear him to the shore.

Blest proofs of pow’r and grace divine,
That meet us in his word!
May ev’ry deep-felt care of mine
Be trusted with the Lord.

Wait for his seasonable aid,
And tho’ it tarry wait:
The promise may be long delay’d,
But cannot come too late.

 William Cowper, The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper, ed. H. S. Milford (London; Edinburgh; Glasgow; New York; Toronto: Henry Frowde, 1905), 433–434.

Shane Lems
Covenant Presbyterian Church (OPC)
Hammond, WI, 54015