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Jehovah-Jireh, The LORD Will Provide

This hymn text was written by William Cowper (1731-1800), and included in Cowper’s Olney Hymns, published in 1779. It is one of eight written specifically about one of the names of God.

Jehovah-Jireh
The LORD Will Provide

THE saints should never be dismay’d,
Nor sink in hopeless fear;
For when they least expect his aid,
The Saviour will appear.

This Abraham found, he rais’d the knife,
GOD saw, and said, “Forbear;”
Yon ram shall yield his meaner life,
Behold the victim there.

David seem’d Sauls certain prey;
But hark! the foe’s at hand;
Saul turns his arms another way,
To save th’ invaded land.

When Jonah sunk beneath the wave
He thought to rise no more;
But GOD prepar’d a fish to save,
And bear him to the shore.

Blest proofs of pow’r and grace divine,
That meet us in his word!
May ev’ry deep-felt care of mine
Be trusted with the LORD.

Wait for his seasonable aid,
And tho’ it tarry wait:
The promise may be long delay’d,
But cannot come too late.

William Cowper
“William Cowper’s Olney Hymns and Other Sacred Works”,  published by Curiosmith, p 28

The hymn meter is 8 6 8 6, or Common Meter, and tunes such as those for “Amazing Grace”, “O For a Thousand Tongues” and many others could be used to sing this text.