The bud may have a bitter taste but sweet will be the flower

We sang this song in small group this morning, and I’ve been thinking of it all day. My husband and I have always liked it, but it wasn’t until we sang it today that I really focused on the weight of the words. It’s another perfect trial song. I invite you to read the words and listen to the sweet hymn.

Also, my husband was leading worship and shared about how the original writer of the words had a hard life and went insane, and what saved him was finding Christ. What an amazing testimony, and it only adds to the richness of the words. The man’s name is William Cowper, and he was alive in the 1700s. You might want to read more about him.

Here are the lyrics, followed by the song… I bolded the words that really touched my heart.

God Moves

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
Deep in His dark and hidden mines
With never-failing skill
He fashions all His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.

So God we trust in You 
O God we trust in You 

O fearful saints new courage take 
The clouds that you now dread 
Are big with mercy and will 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.

So God we trust in You 
O God we trust in You 
When tears are great 
And comforts few 
We hope in mercies ever new;
We trust in You. 

God’s 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.

*You can buy this song and album here: Sovereign Grace Music