Today’s video features the well-known hymn, Be Still, My Soul. Katharina von Schlegel wrote the lyrics during the latter half of the 17th century. The music was composed in 1899 by Jean Sibelias, and comes from a widely recognized movement of Finlandia. It was reworked into a stand-alone hymn in 1941.
Katharina lived some 100 years following Luther’s Reformation during a time when the churches were becoming stale and ritualistic again. The lyrics speak to God’s faithfulness to provide no matter what the circumstance; His guidance of past, present and future events; and the hope believers have to spend an eternity with Him filled with joy.
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 ev’ry change He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul–Thy best, thy heav’nly Friend
Thru 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 blessed we shall meet at last.
May we look to God to be our help and our comfort in these times of trouble. Thank you for listening!
“1 God is our refuge and strength,Psalms 46:1-3,10-11 (NKJV Strong’s)
A very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear,
Even though the earth be removed,
And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;
3 Though its waters roar and be troubled,
Though the mountains shake with its swelling.”
“10 Be still, and know that I am God;Psalms 46:10-11 (NKJV Strong’s)
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
11 The LORD of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.”
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