Congregational Songs

Greg Scheer

God Moves in a Mysterious Way

words by William Cowper, 1774
music by Greg Scheer
copyright 1998

This text by William Cowper is a profound statement on faith in God's providence: "You fearful saints fresh courage take, the clouds you so much dread are filled with mercy and shall break with blessings on your head." This new melody is probably a bit too difficult for the average congregation, but the arrangement for four part choir, piano, and flute makes a great anthem.

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Verse 1
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm

Verse 2
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of neverfailing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will

Verse 3
You fearful saints fresh courage take
The clouds you so much dread
Are filled with mercy and shall break
With blessings on your head

Verse 4
His purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower

Verse 5
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His works in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain