Music Monday: “The Promise May Be Long Delayed…” (Cowper)

Here’s a good hymn for God’s people who are patiently waiting for his help and aid. It was written by William Cowper and is called, “The Lord Will Provide” (Gen. 22:14). Note: the third stanza is a reference to the story in 1 Samuel 23 where God providentially delivered David from Saul’s sword and army.

The saints should never be dismayed,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect his aid,
The Savior will appear.

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

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

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

Blest proofs of power and grace divine,
That meet us in his word!
May every deep-felt care of mine
Be trusted with the Lord.

Wait for his seasonable aid,
And though it tarry wait:
The promise may be long delayed,
But cannot come too late.

Cowper, William. The Complete Poetical Works of William Cowper. Edited by H. S. Milford. London; Edinburgh; Glasgow; New York; Toronto: Henry Frowde, 1905.

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