This is perhaps the most famous poem by William Cowper (his last name is pronounced as if it were “Cooper”). It is simple, perhaps a touch too pious for our time. But it is a magnificent statement of a faith that is rare in the 21st century.
Light Shining Out of Darkness
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 ev'ry 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.