“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”

Psalm 5:3

“God Will Take Care of You”

(Please read Luke 12:6-7 and Matthew 7:7-11)

August 27

The preacher had accepted an invitation to speak at a church some distance away, but that Sunday morning in 1904 his wife became ill and he wavered about leaving her. Then his young son asked, “Father, don’t you think that if God wants you to preach today, He will take care of Mother while you are away?” So he kept the appointment.

Arriving home that evening, he found his wife greatly improved. In fact, inspired by her son’s comment, she had written a poem that afternoon. Her husband was so impressed with it that he promptly wrote music, completing the song bearing the title we borrowed, above — words by Civilla Durfee Martin and music by Walter Stillman Martin.

Years later a man we’ll first call Jim was on his way to a successful career when the Great Depression hit. His business turned sour, and he suffered from anxiety and insomnia and developed a painful case of hives which caused a brief hospital stay. He later related that he was broken nervously and physically and filled with despair, but one Sunday morning he heard singing coming from the little hospital chapel: “Be not dismayed whate’er betide/God will take care of you.” A descendant of a long line of preachers, he entered the chapel and listened to the song, a Scripture reading and a prayer. Reminded of how much Jesus cared for him, the man, James Cash Penney, lost his worry and later recalled that time in the chapel as “the most dramatic and glorious twenty minutes of my life.”

We hope that you too will find comfort and renewal in the truth expressed in this good song.

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