Jehovah-Jireh, the Lord Will Provide

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William Cowper, 1779, from Olney Hymns, vol. 1, hymn 6

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

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

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

4. 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.

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

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

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