If You but Trust in God to Guide You
Georg Neumark, Catherine Winkworth
Eddie Lewis on Trumpet
This week’s unadorned trumpet hymn is an old one, from 1657. I have been enjoying these very old hymns. They serve as a stabilizing force in my daily walk.
I know I rant about the new Christian music on these hymn posts too much. But, I come to this rant from a place of digging deeper into these old hymns. The line I was fed about why we should accept the new Christian music is that the hymns have too many lyrics in them that are not of sound doctrine.
This hymn talks about “trust in God”. Look at the lyrics. What is not doctrinally sound in these lyrics? I don’t see it.
A Rare Hymn in a Minor Key
Most hymns are not in a minor key. I am not an expert on hymnology, but my anecdotal experience suggests that about 95% of Christian hymns are in major keys.
That’s one of the reasons I chose to record If You but Trust in God to Guide You. I have enough new hymns now to make a new album (Unadorned Trumpet Hymns III). This will probably be our last album in the Unadorned Trumpet Hymns series. We will continue to make hymn videos, but we might not stick to this format.
For the sake of the third album in the series, it will be nice to have a minor hymn like this one in the play-list. It will add some pleasant contrast to the other hymns on the recording.
Trust in God
I have refined the process I use for recording these hymns. It’s part of the ongoing restructuring of my work life. For example, I am writing this blog first, before I record the hymn. That way I spend a little time digging deeper into its meaning before I sit down to record.
Well, one of the things I do first is actually read all of the lyrics. I do this so the hymns mean something more to me than just a beautiful melody. So, as I sit to record, the idea of “trust in God” is on my heart.
I pray that as you listen to this recording and read this blog post that you will turn to Him with your trust for every need and concern.
Here is the full text of the hym…
- If you but trust in God to guide you,
And place your confidence in Him,
You’ll find Him always there beside you
To give you hope and strength within;
For those who trust God’s changeless love
Build on the Rock that will not move.
- Only be still and wait His pleasure
In cheerful hope, with heart content:
He fills your needs to fullest measure
With what discerning love has sent;
Doubt not our inmost wants are known
To Him who chose us for His own.
- Sing, pray, and keep His ways unswerving,
Offer your service faithfully,
And trust His word; though undeserving,
You’ll find His promise true to be;
God never will forsake in need
The soul that trusts in Him indeed.