God Will Take Care of You

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"God Will Take Care of You" was written by Civilla Martin after being inspired by her son to trust in the care God will provide. Now this beautiful hymn inspires us to trust in God's care and wisdom. Read the story below to find out more about how this hymn came to be!

1 Be not dismayed whate’er betide,
God will take care of you;
Beneath his wings of love abide,
God will take care of you.

Refrain:
God will take care of you,
Through ev'ry day,
O’er all the way;
He will take care of you,
God will take care of you.

2 Through days of toil when heart does fail,
God will take care of you;
When dangers fierce your path assail,
God will take care of you. [Refrain]

3 All you may need he will provide,
God will take care of you;
Nothing you ask will be denied,
God will take care of you. [Refrain]

4 No matter what may be the test,
God will take care of you;
Lean, weary one, upon his breast,
God will take care of you. [Refrain]

Songwriters Civilla Durfee Martin Published by Public Domain

The Story Behind God Will Take Care of You

Civilla Durfee Martin was a schoolteacher with simple musical experience. She and her husband, Walter Stillman Martin (1862-1935), often wrote gospel songs for revival meetings. “God Will Take Care of You” is an example of their teamwork.  

Hymnologist Kenneth Osbeck explains the circumstances of the hymn’s composition:

“It was composed while the Martins were spending several weeks as guests at the Practical Bible Training School at Lestershire, New York, where Mr. Martin was involved in helping the president of the school, John A. Davis, prepare a songbook. The Reverend W. Stillman Martin, a well-known Baptist evangelist, was invited to preach at a church some distance from the Bible school. That Sunday morning, Mrs. Martin became suddenly ill, making it impossible for her to accompany her husband to his speaking engagement. Mr. Martin seriously considered cancelling his speaking assignment, since it would be needful for him to be gone from her for a considerable time. Just then, however, their young son spoke up and said, ‘Father, don’t you think that if God wants you to preach today, He will take care of Mother while you are away?’”

Civilla Martin describes creating the composition after inspired by the words of her son:

“’God will take care of you’ was written on Sunday afternoon while my husband went to a preaching appointment. When he returned, I gave the words to him. He immediately sat down to his little Bilhorn organ and wrote the music. That evening, he and two of the teachers sang the completed song. It was then printed in the songbook he was compiling for the school.”

That songbook seems to have been Songs of Redemption and Praise (1905), curated by Walter Martin and the President of the school, John Davis.

 


 

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