This new tune for Georg Neumark’s wonderful old text was commissioned by my former church, First Baptist Church of Lebanon, PA, for their pastor’s retirement. George Mackey, for whom the tune is named, retired this month after 45 years of full-time ministry, including 15 years at FBC. The church desired to honor him with a song based on his life verses, Proverbs 3:5-6. After some searching, this 17th century text stood out.
If you will only let God guide you,
And hope in Him through all your ways,
Whatever comes, He’ll stand beside you,
To bear you through the evil days;
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the Rock that cannot move.
Only be still, and wait His leisure
In cheerful hope, with heart content
To take whatever the Father’s pleasure
And all discerning love have sent;
Nor doubt our inmost wants are known
To Him Who chose us for His own.
Sing, pray, and swerve not from His ways,
But do your part in conscience true;
Trust His rich promises of grace,
So shall they be fulfilled in you;
God hears the call of those in need,
The souls that trust in Him indeed.