Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Fresh Courage Take

I read the phrase, 'fresh courage take'  in a poem by William Cowper entitled, 'God Moves in a Mysterious Way' and it reminded me of the Bible verses in Lamentations 3: 23-24, "It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him." When I did a little research on this poet, I found that he suffered from depression and doubt. I began to wonder how many other poets/hymn writers struggled, yet seemed to find to courage to continue on through adversities and ailments. There were quite a few!

These words have been on my mind lately that it really is a daily renewal of the see His grace every morning, to hope, to take courage when things look grim. 

God Moves In a Mysterious Way
-William Cowper

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

Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.

Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.

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

Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own interpreter,
And He will make it plain.

Ye fearful saints! (That me!..) Fresh courage take! 

:: When you feel rejected by and separated from others.. 
:: While you wait for the doctor to call back with test results...
:: When the future is uncertain...
:: While you pray for a generous handout of grace...
:: While you ask for the strength to bear life's burdens...

 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken;
cast down, but not destroyed;

 II Corinthians 4: 8,9

I had never heard this hymn before and I found a version of it on you tube. Of all the words in the poem, 'fresh courage take' was just what I needed this week and this hymn was an encouragement to me. If the video doesn't post like I hope, here is the link: