"Have Faith in God"

"Have Faith in God"

Have faith in God when your pathway is lonely,
He sees and knows all the way you have trod;
Never alone are the least of His children;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God, He's on His throne;
Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail;
Have faith in God, have faith in God.

Have faith in God when your prayers are unanswered, 
Your earnest plea He will never forget;
Wait on the Lord, trust His Word and be patient;
Have faith in God, He'll answer yet.

Have faith in God in your pain and your sorrow,
His heart is touched with your grief and despair;
Cast all your cares and your burdens upon Him, 
And leave them there, oh, leave them there.

Have faith in God though all else fail about you;
Have faith in God, He provides for His own;
He cannot fail tho' all else kingdoms shall perish, 
He rules, He reigns upon His throne.

Have faith in God, He's on His throne, 
Have faith in God, He watches o'er His own;
He cannot fail, He must prevail;
Have faith in God, Have faith in God.

~B. B. McKinney

This hymn has been one of my favorites since childhood.  I think I first loved it because of the cool moving bass part in the chorus. :-D   My dad sang bass (for those who knew Daddy in his later years as a tenor...that's a story for another blog post. :)), and I loved to hear his deep bass voice singing this song.   As I got older, I grew to love the words.   As hard times came through the years, the words became more and more special.  

It's funny how God can give us layers of understanding sometimes.    Six years ago, I would have said I understood this song.  We had been through some very hard and trying days over the years.    The illness and death of my grandfather, financial struggles due to more than one extended period of unemployment for my dad, several major health scares with my dad, a traumatic and painful church split, to name a few.   But as we sang this song in church this morning, I realized that over the past 6 years or so, He has given an even deeper understanding of those words.   I was once again overcome with gratefulness for circumstances for which I would *never* have thought I could be grateful, as I thought about how much He has shown us of Himself and solidified our faith through them.  

What a blessing to know that no matter what we are going through, truly "He rules, He reigns upon His throne."  


Choate Family said...

Preach it, sister! You always seem to read my mind, like your post about authenticity.

Kecia said...

This song is special to me, too. I had a friend in college named Mandy, who used to sing this to me and with me when I would get discouraged. We also would ask one another, "What can wash away my sin?" and answer, "Nothing but the blood of Jesus." Her wedding gift to me was a "Have Faith in God" cross-stitch hanging. She was born with a heart defect, and died a few years after we graduated. I think about her with a smile every time I sing those hymns. Thank you for bringing back fond memories!

kel said...

Okay I was killing time why waiting for Braden's MRI to finish and pulled up your post on my phone to read. I needed it. Thanks