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.
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’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.