Sometimes a light surprises

Sometimes a light surprises
  The Christian while he sings;
It is the Lord who rises
  With healing in His wings;
When comforts are declining,
  He grants the soul again
A season of clear shining,
  To cheer it after rain.
In holy contemplation
  We sweetly then pursue
The theme of God’s salvation,
  And find it ever new;
Set free from present sorrow,
  We cheerfully can say—
E’en let the unknown morrow
  Bring with it what it may.
It can bring with it nothing,
  But He will bear us through;
Who gives the lilies clothing,
  Will clothe His people too:
Beneath the spreading heavens
  No creature but is fed;
And He, who feeds the ravens,
  Will give His children bread.
Though vine nor fig tree neither
  Their wonted fruit shall bear;
Though all the fields should wither
  Nor flocks nor herds be there;
Yet God the same abiding,
  His praise shall tune my voice,
For, while in Him confiding,
  I cannot but rejoice.

Lagos, Nigeria

One of my late father's favourite hymns and I love it even more for that reason. I find vs. 4 really inspiring!

Ohemaa Akosua Safowaa

Accra, Ghana

I heard this song today at the funeral of a great woman through whom God has lifted several people from grass to grace. Beautiful hymn.


Surulere, Lagos, Nigeria

The hymn always lifts my spirit up.

The wordings are so apt as I know that with God I am fine. I am blessed with very good thing. That God is my provider and I can trust Him.

It is awesome.

As the last words of the hymn

For while in Him confiding, I can not but rejoice. What a promise.

Temitope Faleti

United Kingdom

I remember singing this in boarding school in Nigeria and since then, I have been remembering in on the odd occasion.

Adenike Onibokun


This is one of my inspiring, soul-lifting hymns whenever I feel low and lonely.

Folorunso Ajayi

Southoport, Merseyside, United Kingdom

I heard this hymn sung for the first time at my father's funeral in 1994 - it has since become one of my favourite hymns. I agree with the prophet Malachi that, rain or shine, poverty or plenty, we must praise the Lord.

Nene osita

Lagos, Nigeria

This song I learnt in my secondary school days, even up till now I am still enjoying it. Yes, He who feeds the raven will also give His bread. Praise the Lord.

Efua Goode-Obeng Kyei

Accra, Ghana

Surely our faithful God will never fail. He who feeds the ravens will give His people bread. Jehovah Rophi, breath healing on us, Lord.

Our God is more than able.

Florence Amiesimaka


I love this song though not with this tune. It's assurance is clear. It comes with a lot of healing and challenge to trust in God.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

I prefer the tune, "Petition" by Franz Josef Haydn, which is what most hymnals use. The tune used here by Doane is too fast for the "holy contemplation" of this hymn.