Tuesday, July 19, 2005

It Is Well With My Soul

I love this hymn:

It Is Well With My Soul
Text: Horatio G. Spafford
Music: Philip P. Bliss

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot Thou hast taught me to say:
"It is well, it is well with my soul."

It is well with my soul;
It is well, it is well with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, tho' trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control -
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well, it is well with my soul.

My sin - O, the bliss of this glorious thought,
My sin - not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more -
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, O my soul!

It is well with my soul;
It is well, it is well with my soul.

And, Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll -
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
"Even so" - it is well with my soul.

It is well with my soul;
It is well, it is well with my soul.

The above hymn calls to mind this beautiful psalm:

Psalm 103

Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is holy within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.

The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Not punished us according to our iniquities.

For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
As a father who pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children's children,
To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

3 comments:

Serena said...

I love that hymn, too, and when you learn the story behind it, it is even more precious. I love the Psalms. They are my balm when going through difficult times. Thanks for the reminders!
Love and shalom,
Serena

Morris said...

What Serena said. Couldn't agree more. The Psalms can be such a balm to the hurting heart.

Lois said...

This has been my favorite song since I was a little girl, when I was 16 years old they found a tumor on my tongue the size of a hard ball, they were able to remove it and the one song that has always been a inspiration to me is this song, since then I have had 3 more surgeries for the same thing, my husband left me and I was left with nothing- But it is well with my soul