O Lord, my best desire fulfill,
And help me to resign
Life, health, and comfort to Thy will,
And make Thy pleasure mine.

Why should I shrink at Thy command,
Whose love forbids my fears?
Or tremble at the gracious hand
That wipes away my tears?

No, rather let me freely yield
What most I prize to Thee;
Who never has a good withheld,
Or wilt withhold from me.

Thy favor, all my journey through,
Thou art engaged to grant;
What else I lack, or think I do,
'Tis better still to want.

Wisdom and mercy guide my way,
Shall I resist them both?
A poor blind creature of a day,
And crush'd before the moth!

But ah! my inward spirit cries,
Still bind me to Thy sway;
Else the next cloud that veils the skies
Drives all these thoughts away.

William Cowper
Olney Hymns

Psalm 84:11-12
For the LORD God is
a sun and shield:
the LORD will give grace and glory: no
good thing will he
withhold from them
that walk uprightly.
O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the man that
trusteth in thee.


graphics & background by Mary Stephens
updated 2019