In some of the old hymnbooks you will find the hymn,
“God Works In Mysterious Ways, His Wonders to Perform” by William Cowper
God moves in a mysterious way,
His wonders to perform;
He plants his footsteps in the sea,
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never failing skill,
He treasures up his bright designs,
And works his sovereign will.
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take,
The clouds ye so much dread
are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence,
He hides a smiling face.
His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
Blind unbelief is sure to err,
And scan his work in vain;
God is his own interpreter,
And he will make it plain.
William Cowper was a British poet and hymnist. He struggled throughout his life with depression, doubts, and fears and yet he wrote some very inspired works over his lifetime. In our weakness, Christ is made strong.
2 Peter 2:9, “The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished…”
1O LORD God, You to Whom vengeance belongs, O God, You to Whom vengeance belongs, shine forth!
2Rise up, O Judge of the earth; render to the proud a fit compensation!
3Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long shall the wicked triumph and exult?
4They pour out arrogant words, speaking hard things; all the evildoers boast loftily.(A)
5They crush Your people, O Lord, and afflict Your heritage.
6They slay the widow and the transient stranger and murder the unprotected orphan.
7Yet they say, The Lord does not see, neither does the God of Jacob notice it.
8Consider and understand, you stupid ones among the people! And you [self-confident] fools, when will you become wise?
9He Who planted the ear, shall He not hear? He Who formed the eye, shall He not see?
10He Who disciplines and instructs the nations, shall He not punish, He Who teaches man knowledge?
11The Lord knows the thoughts of man, that they are vain (empty and futile–only a breath).(B)
12Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man whom You discipline and instruct, O Lord, and teach out of Your law,
13That You may give him power to keep himself calm in the days of adversity, until the [inevitable] pit of corruption is dug for the wicked.
14For the Lord will not cast off nor spurn His people, neither will He abandon His heritage.
15For justice will return to the [uncompromisingly] righteous, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? Who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity?
17Unless the Lord had been my help, I would soon have dwelt in [the land where there is] silence.
18When I said, My foot is slipping, Your mercy and loving-kindness, O Lord, held me up.
19In the multitude of my [anxious] thoughts within me, Your comforts cheer and delight my soul!
20Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with You–they who frame and hide their unrighteous doings under [the sacred name of] law?
21They band themselves together against the life of the [consistently] righteous and condemn the innocent to death.
22But the Lord has become my High Tower and Defense, and my God the Rock of my refuge.
23And He will turn back upon them their own iniquity and will wipe them out by means of their own wickedness; the Lord our God will wipe them out.
Father, we choose to walk by faith and not by sight as we trust You in the mysterious working of Your divine plan in our lives. You go before us, walk beside us, and uphold us with Your righteous hand as You direct us according to Your Word. AMEN