Hope in the Lord
One of the very first verses I learned as a Christian was:
But those who hope in the Lord
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. Is 40:31
This verse taught me to look to the Lord and to look in hope. For the past 40 years, things have not changed in that. I look in hope for the Lord to continue to work and to fulfill His promises. And I love to read and hear words of hope.
One thing I love about the great hymns of the faith is that there is something written for every type of circumstance we might encounter. Hymns of praise, of thanksgiving, of faith, of sorrow. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite hymns of hope.
Hope and courage are often linked in the old hymns. Let’s face it, when we find hope dying in our hearts, we lose courage and shrink back in fear. But take heart! There are songs that are rich with doctrine, truth and vision for who God is in our darkest times and show His faithfulness when all seems lost.
This particular song was written by a woman that little is known about. Kathrina von Shlegel apparently wrote 29 hymns in the 1700s but only this one has been translated and remains in common use. The melody was written by Jean Sibelius and is called Finlandia.
Be Still My Soul
I hope you find words of hope and courage to lift your heart today and remind you that God IS on your side!
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
The group singing is Naturally 7. I don’t know where they stand in their faith, but their rendition is absolutely spectacular!
Be sure to read my other Hymns of the Faith.