It is well with my soul

Yesterday in a worship time we sang the old hymn Come Thou Fount Of Every Blessing, and it reminded me once again of how much I love many of the old hymns. I love the depth of the lyrics, the deep understanding of who God is and who we are in him, the search for more of him no matter the costs, and the understanding that it’s never about me, it’s always about God! 

I thought of the amazing hymn It Is Well With My Soul, and I found this wonderful youtube-video with the song and the story of Horatio Spafford who went through incredible trials as described in the video, but chose to continue to bless and love his Father in heaven. It reminds of the faith of an Old Testament hero such as Habakkuk who declared: “Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior” (Habakkuk 3:17-18). Watch the video to It is Well With My Soul and read the powerful lyrics. 

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

Chorus: It is well (it is well) with my soul (with my soul). It is well, it is well with my soul

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come. Let his blest assurance control that Christ hath regarded my helpless estate and hath shed his own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole is nailed to His cross, and I bear it no more, praise the Lord, praise the Lord, o my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live: If Jordan above me shall roll. No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life thou bit whisper thy peace to my soul

And Lord haste the day, when my 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 (it is well) with my soul (with my soul), it is well, it is well with my soul 

Torben – who can’t help but thinking about the small things that bug me and make me annoyed at God and can’t help but thanking God for his patience with me!

4 Responses to “It is well with my soul”

  1. July 6, 2010 at 11:44 pm

    As I was writing my first freelance assignment for the day, I googled “youtube it is well with my soul,” and your link was the second or third that came out. I’ve read the Spafford story in another youtube upload, but this one is much better. So touched. I shed tears again. So he was the one who wrote the lyrics. What a powerful story. More power to your site.

  2. July 26, 2010 at 3:27 pm

    i really relate to this video through one tragedy to another i have lost my little girl brittany she was 18 giving birth to her precios daughter brailee but she never got to hold her. i am a very sad mother. i miss her to the max my pain is so bad but i have to give it all to god. he makes the path i just follow and know he sent his own son to die on the cross for me. amen i go to this video alot and ask god to take this terriable pain away

  3. July 28, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Dear Tammy!

    Thanks for sharing so vulnerably about the tragedy that happened to you and your family. I have no words that can take your pain away. I won’t even try to explain anything away. I do know, as you write as well, that God is capable of bringing life and joy out of tragedy and death. But that will happen in his timing and in his way. I have the privilege of working as a discipleship counselor, and I know from countless peoples’ stories that I’ve witnessed firsthand and from my own life that God can and will bring life out of death when we surrender to him, and allow him to do his work even when we don’t understand or agree with his ways. I encourage you to check out some of the other entries on this blog that talks about real honesty with God, also when our feelings are ugly and uncomfortable.

    I will also encourage you to find someone who can sit with you, grieve with you, yell and cry with you as you go through this lonely place of mourning and coming to terms with the new reality of your life.

    “He restores our soul” (Psalm 23)

    Blessings, Torben

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