The text for “Though Trouble Assail Us” was written by John Newton who is most known for writing “Amazing Grace.” Of all the hymnals in my library, only one still contains this particular hymn.
Our pastor is currently preaching through the book of 1 Peter, the major theme of which is “Trouble” so this hymn seems appropriate for our time in this book. The main message of the hymn is that no matter what troubles come our way, the Lord will provide — physically, spiritually, emotionally — all that we need.
It is set to the hymn tune “St. Denio” (the same tune used for “Immortal, Invisible”) so I’ve included a video of an instrumental recording of the music.
“Though Troubles Assail Us”
Though troubles assail us and dangers affright,
Though friends should all fail us and foes all unite,
Yet one thing secures us, whatever betide
The promise assures us, The Lord will provide.
The birds, without garner or storehouse, are fed;
from them let us learn to trust God for our bread.
His saints what is fitting shall ne’er be denied
So long as ’tis written, The Lord will provide.
When Satan assails us to stop up our path,
and courage all fails us, we triumph by faith.
He cannot take from us, though oft he has tried,
this heart-cheering promise, The Lord will provide.
No strength of our own and no goodness we claim;
Yet, since we have known of the Savior’s great name,
In this our strong tower for safety we hide:
The Lord is our power, The Lord will provide.