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Be Still My Soul

Here is a beautiful piano version by the talented Chris Rice of the old tune “Finlandia” and the great lyrics out of the Lutheran Hymnal.

“Be Still, My Soul”
by Catharina von Schlegel, 1697-?
Translated by Jane Borthwick, 1813-1897

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. Be still, my soul, though dearest friends depart
And all is darkened in the vale of tears;
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrows and thy fears.
Be still, my soul; thy Jesus can repay
From His own fulness all He takes away.

4. 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 blessed we shall meet at last.

Hymn #651
The Lutheran Hymnal
Text: Psalm 46:10
Author: Catharine Amalia Dorothea von Schlegel, 1752, cento
Translated by: Jane Borthwick, 1855
Titled: “Stille, mein Wille”
Composer: Jean Sibelius, b. 1865, arr.
Tune: “Finlandia”

And if you were raised in the Assemblies of God – like Greg and I were, you will remember these lyrics to the same tune by Gloria Gaither:

I Then Shall Live
Lyrics
Words by Gloria Gaither
Music by Jean Sibelius
FINLANDIA
I then shall live as one who’s been forgiven;
I’ll walk with joy to know my debts are paid.
I know my name is clear before my Father;
I am His child, and I am not afraid.
So greatly pardoned, I’ll forgive my brother,
The law of love I gladly will obey.
I then shall live as one who’s learned compassion;
I’ve been so loved that I’ll risk loving too.
I know how fear builds walls instead of bridges;
I’ll dare to see another’s point of view.
And when relationship demand commitment,
Then I’ll be there to care and follow through.
Your kingdom come around and through and in me;
Your power and glory, let them shine through me;
Your Hallowed name, O may I bear with honor,
And may You living Kingdom come in me.
The Bread of Life, O may I share with honor,
And may You feed a hungry world through me.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
Text © 1981 Gaither Music Company. Music © Breitkop
f & Hartel (Outside U.S.
only). All rights reserved.
Beautiful either way – Enjoy and God Bless
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Untitled Hymn

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I have often been asked what I think of  hymns, and invariably I will answer, “I like the ones that have been ‘re-done’ to have meaning for this generation.”  There are many examples of this. Some we do in our Sunday worship service – and some I hear from my favorite artists.

I believe that anytime you speak to a generation and make things relevant and meaningful, there needs to be flexibility on style – not on theology.

Many have argued that modern worship choruses tend to be “me centered” – and some of them can be – however, how many people really look closely at some of the hymns?  They are often very emotion and “me” driven too.  For example, “Love Lifted Me” – talks about the personal experience and emotions.  And for that matter, “Amazing Grace” speaks in a personal way as well.  Probably why it has gone the distance as everyone can relate with it and it has stood the test of time.  Some that I just personally do not care for, would have to be “When the roll is called up yonder” and others like this with very thin content – only repetitive verses and choruses.

Are there bad hymns?  Oh yes.  Are there bad modern worship songs?  Yes indeed.  I guess finding the balance between the two styles is really the key.  I don’t think anyone would claim to say that hymns have everything and should be used exclusively – and in fact they would admit that they do not have a place in most worship services today, if they are left in their traditional format.  But most would agree that if made relatable – then they are useful.  And  new generations can relate and have something passed down from generation to generation, making the old into something brand new.  In the same way, the modern worship song has its place today and has great theology and content – if choosing the right ones.

I’m a big fan of Gloria Gaither lyrics – as well as other brilliant lyricists like Dottie Rambo and Michael W. Smith from my generation who have graced us with their amazing ability to give us fresh new songs for our worship services and personal reflection.

And there are songs written clear back in 1917 that still have relevance for us today – like “The Love Of God”  by Frederick Lehman:  I just LOVE these lyrics – they are rich and have such beauty.

  • The love of God is greater far
    Than tongue or pen can ever tell;
    It goes beyond the highest star,
    And reaches to the lowest hell;
    The guilty pair, bowed down with care,
    God gave His Son to win;
    His erring child He reconciled,
    And pardoned from his sin.

    • Refrain:
      Oh, love of God, how rich and pure!
      How measureless and strong!
      It shall forevermore endure—
      The saints’ and angels’ song.
  • When hoary time shall pass away,
    And earthly thrones and kingdoms fall,
    When men who here refuse to pray,
    On rocks and hills and mountains call,
    God’s love so sure, shall still endure,
    All measureless and strong;
    Redeeming grace to Adam’s race—
    The saints’ and angels’ song.
  • Could we with ink the ocean fill,
    And were the skies of parchment made,
    Were every stalk on earth a quill,
    And every man a scribe by trade;
    To write the love of God above
    Would drain the ocean dry;
    Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
    Though stretched from sky to sky.
Now here is another fresh voice –  Chris Rice  in “Untitled Hymn”  These lyrics are simple and straightforward – but will speak directly to your heart as well.
Enjoy and God Bless

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