"Sometimes a light surprises a Christian while he sings;It is the Lord who rises with healing in His wings:
When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again
A season a clear shining, to cheer it after rain.
"In holy contemplation we sweetly then pursue The theme of God's salvation and find it ever new;
Set free from present sorrow, we cheerfully can say,
Let the unknown tomorrow bring with it what it may.
"It can bring with it nothing but He will bear us through:
Who gives the lilies clothing will clothe His people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens no creature but is fed;
And He who feeds the ravens will give His children bread.
"Though vine nor fig tree neither their wanted fruit should bear,
Though all the fields should wither, nor flocks nor herds be there;
Yet, God the same abidng, His praise shall tune my voice;
For, while in Him confiding, I cannot but rejoice."
-William Cowper (1731-1800)
This is one of my favorite songs!! It is an old hymn, but I came to know it through SoundForth's CD "A Quiet Heart", and by a newer tune by Craig Courtney. This song has really blessed my heart as it causes me to reflect on the beauty and constancy of the Lord, and that, no matter what is going on around me, I can rest and trust in Him. Isn't our Lord wonderful!? In Him, "I cannot but rejoice!"
Listen to an audio clip of this song and others from the CD "A Quiet Heart" here.