Scripture Verse

Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2–4

Introduction

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Susan H. Peterson
1950–2004

Words: Su­san H. Pe­ter­son, 1998 (pub­lic do­main).

Music: Blott en Dag Os­kar Ahn­felt, 1872 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Oskar Ahnfelt
1813–1882

Lyrics

Count it joy, and ne­ver be dis­cour­aged,
When by tri­als your life is sore­ly pressed.
For you know that when your faith is test­ed,
Your en­dur­ance then de­vel­ops best.
Perseverance must com­plete its work­ing;
You will need to let it have its way.
When it’s done, you’ll be com­plete and per­fect,
Having all you need to meet each day.

So if any one of you lacks wis­dom,
Ask of God, who al­ways hears and cares.
He gives free­ly with­out ask­ing quest­ions;
His abun­dance will be­come your share.
But when ask­ing, you must ne­ver fal­ter,
Like a wave that’s blown and tossed about.
If you do, you’ll ne­ver gain God’s bless­ing;
Double-minded, you’ll suc­cumb to doubt.

Blest the man who per­se­veres in tri­al;
For you know the test­ing soon will pass.
When it’s o’er and you have stood un­mov­ing,
You’ll re­ceive the crown of life at last.
But when tempt­ed, ne­ver be ac­cus­ing;
It’s not God who leads you from the path.
Your own lusts se­duce you and en­tice you,
Giving birth to sin, and sin to death.

Do not let your­self yield to de­cep­tion;
God’s the source of ev­ery per­fect gift.
He’s the Maker of the stars in hea­ven,
Changing not as sha­dows move and shift.
For He chose a spi­rit birth to give you,
Through the Word of truth that you be­lieved.
Thus are you the first-fruits of His la­bors;
By His grace, sal­va­tion is achieved.