Thy will be done in earth, as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10
Words: Attributed to Albrecht von Brandenburg, circa 1554 (Was mein Gott will, das g’scheh’ allzeit). Composite translation from German to English.
Music: Was mein Gott will, French tune. Harmonized by Johann S. Bach, 1750 (🔊 pdf nwc).
The will of God is always best
And shall be done forever;
And they who trust in Him are blest,
He will forsake them never.
He helps indeed in time of need
He chastens with forbearing;
They who depend on God, their friend,
Shall not be left despairing.
God is my comfort and my trust,
My hope and life abiding;
And to His counsel, wise and just,
I yield, in Him confiding.
The very hairs, His Word declares,
Upon my head He numbers.
By night and day God is my stay,
He never sleeps nor slumbers.
Lord Jesus, this I ask of Thee,
Deny me not this favor;
When Satan sorely troubles me,
Then do not let me waver.
Keep watch and ward, O gracious Lord,
Fulfill Thy faithful saying:
Who doth believe He shall receive
An answer to his praying.
When life’s brief course on earth is run
And I this world am leaving,
Grant me to say,
Thy will be done,
By faith to Thee still cleaving.
My heav’nly friend, I now commend
My soul into Thy keeping,
O’er sin and hell, and death as well,
Thro’ Thee the vict’ry reaping.