Whate'er My God Ordains Is Right (Hymns & Songs)

(Over the years I've written - and continue to write - songs and retuned older hymns for church worship. I'm occasionally posting those songs here. If you're using them in a church worship setting, go for it, just please give credit and let me know.)

While the melodies can sometimes cause us to struggle, the texts of many old hymns have a depth, a diversity and a profundity which, too often, modern praise music lacks. This hymns is an example of that, and I recently reworked it for our family to use as we were confronting some challenging health questions.

Whate'er My God Ordains is Right
Words: Samuel Rodigast, Music: Eric Tonjes

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
His holy will abiding;
I will be still whate’er he does;
And follow where he guides me.
He is my God: though dark my road.
He holds me that I shall not fall.
He is my God,
And so to him I leave it all.

Whate’er my God ordains is right:
He never will deceive me.
He leads me by the proper path;
I know he will not leave me.
I take, content, what he has sent.
His hand can turn my griefs away,
I am content,
And patiently I wait his day.

Though now this cup, in drinking, may
Too bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it all, nor shrink away.
My God is true; at each day's start
Though now this cup is bitter gall
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
My God is faithful through it all
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whate’er my God ordains is right.
Here shall my stand be taken.
Though sorrow, need, or death be mine,
Yet am I not forsaken.
My Father’s care is round me there.
He holds me that I shall not fall,
My Father's there,
And so to him I leave it all.
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