It Is Well with My Soul

"It Is Well with My Soul"


Lyrics

 

Verse 1
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 with my soul
It is well, it is well with my soul

Verse 2
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come
Let this blest assurance control
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate
And hath shed his own blood for my soul

Chorus

Verse 3
My sin, oh, 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

Chorus

Verse 4
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 

About this Hymn: Horatio Gates Spafford, born in New York on October 20th, 1828, wrote this famous hymn.  Horatio decided to take a trip to Europe to hear his friend, Moody, preach in England.  However, business matters kept Mr. Spafford behind, and his wife and their four daughters were sent ahead on the journey.  Their vessel was struck by a large industrial ship taking the lives of 226 passengers including all four of the Spafford daughters.  His wife Anna survived and sent a telegram to her husband with only two words, "Saved Alone".  It is said that Mr. Spafford sailed to England to rejoin his wife and wrote this hymn while on the voyage across the ocean as he was made aware of the approximate spot where the accident had occurred.  The hymn was first sung in 1876.  As spoken by Dr. Hawn, professor of sacred music at Perkins School of Theology, while singing this hymn with the Vietnamese congregation gathered to worship,  "I understood the power of a hymn to transcend time and culture to address human tragedy with assurance.  Though the hymn begins with loss, it ends in eschatological hope for the day when faith shall be sight."  

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Colossians 3:16

"Let the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.