From God I Will Not Wander

Tune: Von Gott will ich nicht lassen

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  1. From God I will not wander,
    For He’ll not wend from me.
    On paths that shall not founder
    He leads, else I would stray.
    He guides me with His hand,
    By day and night is heedful
    And gives me what is needful,
    Where’er I go or stand.

  2. When man’s help and affection
    Shall unavailing prove,
    God grants me His protection
    And shows His pow’r and love.
    He helps in ev’ry need,
    From sin and shame redeems me,
    From chains and bonds reclaims me,
    Yea, e’en from death I’m freed.

  3. God shall be my Reliance
    In sorrow’s darkest night;
    Its dread I bid defiance
    When He is at my side.
    I unto Him commend
    My body, soul, and spirit—
    They are His own by merit—
    All’s well then at the end.

  4. Whate’er shall be His pleasure
    Is surely best for me;
    He sent His dearest Treasure
    That our weak hearts may see
    His good and gracious will.
    In His own Son He gave us
    Whate’er can bless and save us;
    Praise Him who loves us still!

  5. Oh, praise Him, for He never
    Forgets our daily need;
    Oh, blest the hour whenever
    To Him our thoughts can speed;
    Yea, all the time we spend
    Without Him is but wasted,
    Till we His joys have tasted,
    The joy that hath no end.

  6. Yea, when the world shall perish
    With all its pomp and pride,
    All that we once did cherish
    No longer shall abide.
    But though in death they make
    The deepest grave our cover,
    When there our sleep is over,
    God shall us then awake.

  7. Our soul shall never perish,
    But in yon paradise
    The joys of heav’n shall cherish.
    Our body shall arise
    Pure, holy, new-born, free
    From ev’ry sin and evil;
    The tempting of the devil
    We then no more shall see.

  8. What though I here must suffer
    Distress and trials sore,
    I merit ways still rougher;
    And yet there is in store
    For me eternal bliss,
    Yea, pleasures without measure,
    Since Christ is now my Treasure
    And shall be evermore.

  9. Such is His will that made us.
    The Father seeks our good;
    The Son of sin doth rid us,
    And saves us by His blood;
    His Spirit rules our ways,
    Through faith in us abiding,
    To heav’n our footsteps guiding.
    To Him be thanks and praise!

Von Gott will ich nicht lassen
Ludwig Helmbold, 1563
Tr. Catherine Winkworth, 1863, alt.
Source: Sts. 2–3, 5–6, 8, The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941, No. 393, alt.
Sts. 1, 4, 7, 9, Evangelical Lutheran Hymn-Book, 1927, No. 509, alt.

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