'WAIT only upon God;' my soul, be still
And let thy God unfold His perfect will,Thou fain would'st follow Him throughout this year,
Thou fain with listening heart His voice would'st hear,
Thou fain would'st be a passive instrument
Possessed by God, and ever Spirit-sentUpon His service sweet--then be thou still
For only thus can He in thee fulfil
His heart's desire. Oh, hinder not His handFrom fashioning the vessel He hath planned.
Be silent unto God,' and thou shalt know
The quiet, holy calm He doth bestow
On these who wait on Him; so shalt thou bear
His promises, and His life and light e'en where
The night is darkest, and thine earthly days
Shall shew His love, and sound His glorious praise
And He will work with head unfettered, free
His high and holy purposes through thee.
First on thee must that hand of power be turned,
Till in His love's strong fire thy dross is burned,
And thou come forth a vessel for thy Lord,
So frail and empty, yet, since He hath poured
Into thine emptiness His life, His love
Henceforth through thee the power of God shall move
And He will work for thee. Stand still and see
The victories thy God will gain for thee;
So silent, yet so irresistible,
Thy God shall do the thing impossible.
Oh, question not henceforth what thou canst do;
Thou canst do naught. But He will carry through
The work where human energy had failed
Where all thy best endeavours had availed
Thee nothing. Then, my soul, wait and be still;
Thy God shall work for thee His perfect will.
If thou will take no less, His best shall be
Thy portion now and through eternity.