Author: August Hermann Niemeyer (1754-1828) Composer: Rodney Stoller, 2000 (1953-)
1. Nay, I will not sorrow! Who knows if tomorrow Light will shine for me? He who safely guideth, All good things provideth, Ne’er will part from me. If indeed His hand shall lead, Though on dark way He should carry, Should I doubt or worry?
2. Nay, I will not murmur, but in faith grow firmer, Though His help delays; When my heart is longing, When my tears come thronging, He’ll not hide His face. Impatience becomes offence; Tests and trials are our training; Let us cease complaining.
3. Nay, I’ll not be choosing, lest, His help refusing, I should be deceived; My imperfect vision, Sees but the beginning, not the end achieved. My own choice would ne’er suffice; Though He hides His plans unshaken, God is ne’er mistaken.
4. In my God confiding, and in faith abiding, Hope shall cheer my heart; Though the storms be blowing, God His love is showing; love heals ev’ry smart. Ev’ry weight love will abate; May I but in tribulation Win His approbation.
5. Do I seem forsaken? Is my spirit shaken, Knowing not God’s will? Yet in all affliction I’ll accept correction in submission still. He’ll provide what’s good and right; All my earthly tribulation Serves to my salvation.
6. Oft through bitter conflict, yet to peaceful concord Leads my pilgrim way; He who fought so glorious, Over death victorious, He will near me stay; Thou, O Lord, o’ercam’st the world, So we’ll conquer in believing, Victory achieving.
Special thanks to the Apostolic Christians who diligently labored to keep their rich musical heritage alive when most other denominations forsook it in the challenging battle of changing cultures. Thanks be to those souls who labored to write and compose this treasure of praise, many now only known to GOD!