24/02/2007

Hymn Dark Providence

Carl Trueman was asking some while ago what miserable Christians can sing. This post here refers to that. Benjamin Beddome would certainly have an answer, as seen in this hymn for someone going through a dark time. I can't imagine many modern hymnbooks having room for this.



 
436 Under Dark Providence CM
1 GREAT God, how deep thy counsels are,
To mortals quite unknown;
In vain we search with curious eye,
For darkness veils thy throne.

2 Yet would we wish for grace divine,
To guide our mental powers;
And midst perplexing scenes of life
To know that thou art ours.

3 ‘Let there be light,’ was once the word.
Oh be it so again!
What thou hast promised, Lord, we seek,
Nor let us seek in vain.

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