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What God Ordains Is Always Good

Words by Samuel Rodigast (1649-1708), tr. The Lutheran Hymnal, 1941
Tune: WAS GOTT TUT by Severus Gastorius (c. 1650-1693)
Key signature: F major (1 flat)
Time signature: 4/4
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1. What God ordains is always good; His will is just and holy. As He directs my life for me, I follow meek and lowly. My God indeed in ev'ry need knows well how He will shield me; to Him, then, I will yield me.
2. What God ordains is always good; He never will deceive me. He leads me in His righteous way, and never will He leave me. I take, content, what He has sent; His hand that sends me sadness will turn my tears to gladness.
3. What God ordains is always good; His loving thought attends me; no poison can be in the cup that my Physician sends me. My God is true; each morning new I trust His grace unending, My life to Him commending.
4. What God ordains is always good; He is my Friend and Father. He suffers naught to do me harm tho' many storms may gather. Now I may know both joy and woe; some day I shall see clearly that He has loved me dearly.
5. What God ordains is always good; tho' I the cup am drinking which savors now of bitterness, I take it without shrinking. For after grief God gives relief, my heart with comfort filling and all my sorrow stilling.
6. What God ordains is always good; this truth remains unshaken. Tho' sorrow, need, or death be mine, I shall not be forsaken. I fear no harm, for with His arm He shall embrace and shield me; so to my God I yield me.