God Moves in a Mysterious Way

The story of William Cowper’s struggle with anxiety and depression has always intrigued me. In his most famous hymn, God Moves in a Mysterious Way, he demonstrates that in the trials of his life and the darkness he fought he could always keep his eyes on the light and promises of Jesus Christ. In this great hymn, I think Cowper rested on the sovereignty and providence of God to bring sanity to his stormy life.

We all do well to rest in God’s sovereignty and providence in the same way. Here are the lyrics to this great hymn that Cowper penned and an arrangement for piano of the hymn you can listen or sing along to. Blessings.

  1. God moves in a mysterious way
    His wonders to perform;
    He plants His footsteps in the sea
    And rides upon the storm.
  2. Deep in unfathomable mines
    Of never failing skill
    He treasures up His bright designs
    And works His sov’reign will.
  3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
    The clouds ye so much dread
    Are big with mercy and shall break
    In blessings on your head.
  4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
    But trust Him for His grace;
    Behind a frowning providence
    He hides a smiling face.
  5. His purposes will ripen fast,
    Unfolding every hour;
    The bud may have a bitter taste,
    But sweet will be the flow’r.
  6. Blind unbelief is sure to err
    And scan His work in vain;
    God is His own interpreter,
    And He will make it plain.