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If You Will Only Let God Guide You

This week’s video features the hymn “If You Will Only Let God Guide You.” The text was written by Georg Neumark in 1641. Neumark had been working hard to raise the funds needed to attend college. On his way to enroll, he was robbed and lost nearly everything but the cloak on his back. For months he searched for work and shelter.  But eventually Neumark landed a job as tutor for the family of a judge. Rejoicing in the Lord’s faithfulness, he wrote the lyrics for today’s hymn.

Neumark composed the music in 1657 when the hymn was first published. Two centuries later, Catherine Winkworth translated the text into English.

If you will only let God guide you,
And hope in Him thru all your ways,
Whatever comes, He’ll stand beside you,
To bear you thru the evil days;
Who trust in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the rock that cannot move.

Only be still, and wait His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whate’er the Father’s pleasure
And all discerning love have sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.

Sing, pray, and swerve not from His ways,
But do your part in conscience true;
Trust His rich promises of grace,
So shall they be fulfilled in you;
God hears the call of those in need,
The souls that trust in Him indeed.

Thank you for listening!

20 Our soul waits for the LORD;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart rejoices in Him,
Because we trust in His holy name.”

(Psalms 33:20-21)

6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

(Philippians 4:6-7)

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