The last time I wrote something here I included the following quote from Rolland Baker :

He (God) is not subject to our own desires and plans, or our own prayers, declarations, and prophesies.

On a similar theme of the sovereignty of God I came across the following.

The first line prompted a dim reminder from the past and I thought maybe this was something new on the same theme. Looking up the words discovered they are the original by William Cowper written in 1773 and published by his friend John Newton, better known for the more joyful Amazing Grace.

God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform
He plants HIs footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm
Deep in unsearchable mines
Of never failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works HIs sovereign will
Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take
The clouds you so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings, in blessings
In blessings on your head
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense
But trust Him for His grace
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face
His purposes will ripen fast
Unfolding every hour
The bud may have a bitter taste
But sweet will be the flower
Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain
God is His own interpreter
And He will make it plain
In His own time
In His own way...
The phrases I have highlighted take me back to a scripture I have mentioned before.

Romans 12:1-2

... be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is ...

In John 3:3 we have this quote, on the same theme, from Jesus "unless you are born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God". The author of the song put it another way "you will scan His work in vain". Do you want to see the Kingdom of God, do you hunger and thirst for righteous? Do you repeat, like a parrot, "Your Kingdom come, Your will be done" in what is commonly known as 'The Lord's prayer' or do hunger and thirst for it ... give me or I die!

Slow song, suitable for funerals not weddings? To consign it to funerals does injustice to the truths declared. Needs to be followed by a firework display of worship to our God!