44*. God Moves in a Mysterious Way

C.M.
by Cowper, 1779
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God moves in a mysterious way,
 
His wonders to perform;
 
He plants His footsteps in the sea,
 
And rides upon the storm.
Isaiah 42:16; Psalm 77:19; Psalm 104:3
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Deep in unfathomable mines
 
Of never-failing skill,
 
He treasures up His bright designs,
 
And works His sovereign will.
Daniel 4:35
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[Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
 
The clouds ye so much dread
 
Are big with mercy, and shall break
 
In blessings on your head.
Matthew 8:26; Nahum 1:3
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Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
 
But trust Him for His grace:
 
Behind a frowning providence
 
He hides a smiling face.]
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His purposes will ripen fast,
 
Unfolding every hour;
 
The bud may have a bitter taste,
 
But sweet will be the flower.
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Blind unbelief is sure to err,
 
And scan His work in vain;
 
God is His own interpreter,
 
And He will make it plain.
“And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16)
“Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” (Psalm 77:19)
“Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters: who maketh the clouds his chariot: who walketh upon the wings of the wind.” (Psalm 104:3)
“And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?” (Daniel 4:35)
“And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm.” (Matthew 8:26)
“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the Lord hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.” (Nahum 1:3)