Scripture Verse

Thy will be done. Matthew 6:10


Johnson Oatman, Jr. (1856–1922)

Words: John­son Oat­man, Jr., 1902.

Music: Gad Charles H. Ga­bri­el (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

If you know where to get a bet­ter pho­to of Oat­man or Ga­bri­el,

Charles H. Gabriel (1856–1932)


I may not know the rea­son why
Dark clouds so oft­en veil the sky,
But though my sea be smooth or rough,
The Lord knows why, and that’s enough.


O yes, He knows, the Lord knows why
These things are or­dered from on high;
And though dark clouds may hide the sun,
The Lord knows why—His will be done.

I may not know why I am led
So oft­en in the paths I dread,
But, trust­ing Him, I’ll press my way;
The Lord knows why—I will ob­ey.


I may not know why death should come
To take the dear ones from my home,
But, though mine eyes with tears be dim,
The Lord knows why—I’ll trust in Him.


So, though I may not un­der­stand
The lead­ings of my Fa­ther’s hand,
I know to all He has the key—
He un­der­stands each mys­te­ry.