Wait only upon God; my soul, be still,
and let thy God unfold His perfect will,
thou fain would’st follow Him throughout this year,
thou fain with listening heart His voice would’st hear,
thou fain would’st be a passive instrument
possessed by God, and ever Spirit-sent
upon His service sweet – then thou still,
for only thus can He in thee fullfill
His heart’s desire. Oh, hinder not His hand
from fashioning the vessel He hath planned.
Be silent unto God, and thou shalt know
the quiet, holy calm He doth bestow
on those who wait on Him; so shalt thou bear
His presence, and His life and light e’en where
the night is darkest, and thine earthly days
shall show His love, and sound His glorious praise.
And He will work with hand unfettered, free,
His high and holy purposes through thee.
First on thee must that hand of power be turned,
till in His love’s strong fire thy dross is burned,
and thou come forth a vessel for Thy Lord,
so frail and empty, yet, since He hath poured
into thine emptiness His life, His love,
henceforth through thee the power of God shall move
and He will work for thee. Stand still and see
the victories thy God will gain for thee;
so silent, yet so irresistible,
thy God shall do the thing impossible.
Oh, question not henceforth what thou canst do;
thou canst do nought. But He will carry through
the work where human energy failed,
where all thy best endeavors had availed
thee nothing. Then, my soul, wait and be still;
thy God shall work for thee His perfect will.
If thou wilt take no less, His best shall be
Thy portion now and through eternity.
~ Freda Hanbury ~
from Waiting on God by Andrew Murray