Sabbath Rest – It is Well with My Soul

This hymn, written in 1873 by Horatio Spafford following the tragic death of his four daughters as they traveled by ship to England, has long been a favorite of mine. Right now many of our dear friends are going through difficult times and one couple especially has been on our hearts and in our prayers as they have recently received some devastating cancer news. The powerful words of this hymn remind us of the Hope of Christ that upholds us, and that through Him we can say indeed, “It is well with my soul.”
Following are the complete lyrics – the video only includes three of the stanzas.

It is well with my soul

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.

Refrain:
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 this blest assurance control,
That Christ has 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 the 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 wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of 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,
Praise the Lord, Praise the Lord, Oh my soul!


Penned by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss, 1873
Performed by the Gaithers, featuring Guy Penrod and David Phelps
Video by GaitherVeo
Here is a little more about the story behind the words.

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