The author of this hymn spent eighteen months in an asylum for the "insane." He, as ghastly and in congruent as it sounds, attempted suicide on a number of occasions. However, while in the asylum the author began reading the bible. At thirty-three years old he had a genuine conversion experience. Unfortunately, throughout his life he was plagued by deep depressions, voices, and the overwhelming thought that God had forsaken him and would dam him to hell.
This hymn, God Moves in a Mysterious Way was originally called Conflict: Light Shining Out of Darkness. This seems to have been William Cowper's last hymn. It is a reflection of God's leading him throughout his lifetime. There is some speculation that this hymn was written after a failed suicide attempt by drowning. For all of the troubles of William Cowper this hymn has comforted God's people for nearly two hundred years. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do! Thank God that William Cowper is now at rest in the presence of the Lord he so loved and feared.
God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants His footsteps in the sea
and rides upon the storm
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
Blind unbelief is to sure to err
and scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
and He will make it plain
30 Days of Thanksgiving
I am taking my cue today from Kim at The Upward Call. I am joining with her in thanksgiving for book stores and especially bookstores that are on line. I thank God for cheapest book price.com. I ordered today The Life and Epistles of Paul, by Coneybeare and Howson. Last month I ordered 1, 2, 3 John by Stephen S Smalley. I try to order something a couple times each month.