Though troubles assail, and dangers affright

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1 Though troubles assail,
And dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail
And foes all unite;
Yet one thing secures us
Whatever betide,
The scripture assures us,
"The Lord will provide."

2 The birds without barn
Or storehouse are fed,
From them let us learn
To trust for our bread:
His saints, what is fitting
Shall ne'er be denied
So long as 'tis written,
"The Lord will provide."

3 We may, like the ships,
By tempests be tossed
On perilous deeps,
But cannot be lost:
Though Satan enrages
The wind and the tide,
The promise engages,
"The Lord will provide."

4 His call we'll obey,
Like Abra'm of old,
Not knowing our way,
But faith makes us bold;
For though we are strangers
We have a good guide,
And trust in all dangers,
"The Lord will provide."

5 When Satan appears
To stop up our path,
And fills us with fears,
We triumph by faith;
He cannot take from us
Though oft he has tried
The heart cheering promise,
"The Lord will provide."

6 He tells us we're weak,
Our hope is in vain
The good that we seek
We ne'er shall obtain;
But when such suggestions
Our spirits have plied,
This answers all questions,
"The Lord will provide."

7 No strength of our own,
Or goodness we claim,
Yet since we have known
The Savior's great name;
In this our strong tower,
For safety we hide,
The Lord is our power,
"The Lord will provide."

8 When Life sinks apace
And death is in view,
The word of his grace
Shall comfort us through
No fearing or doubting
With Christ on our side,
We hope to die shouting,
"The Lord will provide."

The Christian's duty, exhibited in a series of hymns, 1791

Author: John Newton

Newton, John, who was born in London, July 24, 1725, and died there Dec. 21, 1807, occupied an unique position among the founders of the Evangelical School, due as much to the romance of his young life and the striking history of his conversion, as to his force of character. His mother, a pious Dissenter, stored his childish mind with Scripture, but died when he was seven years old. At the age of eleven, after two years' schooling, during which he learned the rudiments of Latin, he went to sea with his father. His life at sea teems with wonderful escapes, vivid dreams, and sailor recklessness. He grew into an abandoned and godless sailor. The religious fits of his boyhood changed into settled infidelity, through the study of Shaftesbury and… Go to person page >

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First Line: Though troubles assail, And dangers affright
Title: Though troubles assail, and dangers affright
Author: John Newton
Language: English
Refrain First Line: My grace is sufficient for thee


Though troubles assail, And dangers affright. J. Newton. [Security in God.] Written in February, 1775, for the service at the Great House at Olney (Bull's Life of Newton, 1868, p. 208), and first published in the Gospel Magazine, Jan. 1777, p. 42, in 8 stanzas of 8 lines, and headed "Jehovah-Jireh, i.e. The Lord will provide, Gen. xxii. 14." It was included in the Olney Hymns, 1779, Bk. i., No. 7, with the title ”The Lord will provide." It is usually given in an abbreviated form.

--John Julian, Dictionary of Hymnology (1907)


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William Croft (b. Nether Ettington, Warwickshire, England, 1678; d. Bath, Somerset, England, 1727) was a boy chorister in the Chapel Royal in London and then an organist at St. Anne's, Soho. Later he became organist, composer, and master of the children of the Chapel Royal, and eventually organist a…

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