How God Gave Me Song Lyrics From 1676

The year was 1676. 100 years before the Declaration of Independence.

German composer Samuel Rodigast composed a hymn, “Whatever My God Ordains is Right,” to encourage a friend who was suffering. Almost 200 years later, in 1863, Catherine Winkworth translated the hymn into English.

Fast forward to 2007. My daughter, who had suffered with migraines for 7 years found herself 250 miles from home shooting photos at a friend’s wedding. The past couple years had been painful for her in many ways – a good friend had lost her 2-year old daughter to cancer and another friend’s car accident left him in a coma.

Sunday morning she attended a local church and heard a message on – surprise – God’s sovereignty in suffering. In his message, the pastor quoted a hymn, “Whatever My God Ordains is Right”. Beth brought the lyrics home to me, asking, “Dad, can you try put music to these words?” I wrote a melody and tweaked the lyrics a bit and the song was recorded and published by Sovereign Grace Music. Since then, a number of people have told me how much the lyrics have comforted them. Little did Samuel Rodigast suspect in 1676 that his lyrics would comfort my daughter and many others over 300 years later. God’s providence never ceases to amaze me.

I hope these lyrics comfort you.

Whatever My God Ordains is Right

Whatever my God ordains is right
In his love I am abiding
I will be still in all he does
And follow where he is guiding
He is my God; though dark my road
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to him I leave it all.

Whatever my God ordains is right
He never will deceive me
He leads me by the proper path
I know he will not leave me
I take content, what he has sent
His hand can turn my griefs away
And patiently I wait his day.

Whatever my God ordains is right
Though now this cup in drinking
Bitter it seems to my faint heart
I take it all unshrinking
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart
And pain and sorrow shall depart.

Whatever my God ordains is right
Here shall my stand be taken
Though sorrow, or need, or death be mine
Yet I am not forsaken
My Father’s care circles me there
He holds me that I shall not fall
And so to him I leave it all.

Original lyrics by Samuel Rodigast and translated by Catherine Winkworth -Trinity Hymnal #94. Alternate lyrics and music by Mark Altrogge 2.18.07. Here’s an mp3 of the song if you’d like to listen to it.


I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.