Author: Unknown Composer: Christian Friedrich Richter (1676-1711)
1. O teach me, Lord, instead of grieving, And wishing all my burdens moved, To bear them patiently, perceiving How Thou has suffered, borne and loved. Teach me the art of keeping silent, That calm, contented I remain; Cross bearer, Thee, I would resemble, O change to love my bitterest pain!
2. Thou knowest how I oft forget Thee, Though from myself the fact I hide, How proud I love my strength to measure When Thou dost not a cross provide. From overconfidence to save me, To show me plainly what I am, Thou must provide a cross to shame me, For only thus my pride shall wane.
3. Thou knowest how ’midst earth’s confusion I oft Thy ways almost forsook; How often I deceiving feelings For forward steps in faith mistook. To prove to me my inward damage, That I was far from Thee astray, Hast Thou a cross upon me laden Upon a dark and thorny way.
4. Thou know’st how oft I come before Thee And prize it not, that Thou art near To pray but empty words and phrases Moved by a sense of duty here. Is prayer to bring to me a blessing? Am I to feel that Thou dost hear? A cross must on my soul be pressing; Thou to my broken heart art near.
5. O Lord, Thou knowest every secret, Thou seest, hearest, knowest all. My sighs and groans, although yet sleeping, Thou in advance by name dost call. O grant that Thou, Lord, and Thy purpose My foremost thought in life may be; Yea, in Thy silence take and hide me, Or I shall ne’er from sin be free.
6. Lord, in Thy presence naught is lacking, No wish denied, but all is right; Transformed to love is all my burden, The yoke is eased, the load seems light. For in Thy stillness nothing threatens The soul amidst earth’s woe and pain. To me Thy grace shall be sufficient, The cross shall be my greatest gain.
7. No more complaining, no more grieving, But grateful praise shall be my lot; Although chastised, amid oppression Thy love and grace forsake me not. The paths that seem to us the darkest Are blessings rich, although disguised; All things for good shall work together To them that love Thee, Jesus Christ.
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!