This is a hymn that I came across not to long again. I always find great comfort and encouragement from songs that proclaim the truth of the gospel in the midst of a difficult circumstance. And this song is no exception.
I find great encouragement and conviction from the 3rd and 4th stanzas. Oh, what sweet rest is received when I trust God in that every circumstance which comes into my life: every joy that He takes away, and every pain that He brings, is for my best. For my Father is “good and just and wise!” And my continual prayer is that I would see Him as my Father and trust in the care that He has for my life. Even when circumstances would make me think other wise.
My God, my Father, blissful Name!,
O may I call Thee mine?
May I, with sweet assurance, claim,
A portion so divine?
This only can my fears control,
And bid my sorrows fly:
What harm can ever reach my soul,
Beneath my Father’s eye?
Whate’er Thy providence denies,
I calmly would resign;
For Thou art just, and good, and wise,
O bend my will to Thine.
Whate’er Thy sacred will ordains,
O give me strength to bear;
And let me know my Father reigns,
And trust His tender care.
If pain and sickness rend this frame,
And life almost depart,
Is not Thy mercy still the same,
To cheer my drooping heart?
If cares and sorrows me surround,
Their power why should I fear?
My inward peace they cannot wound
If Thou, my God, art near.