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Sabbath Rest – Take Shelter

If you’ve been stopping by here on Sundays for the past several years, you’ve probably noticed how much I’ve enjoy the music coming out of Getty Music. And maybe you’ve also noticed that I’m an Andrew Peterson groupie. So when I saw this new hymn from the Getty Team and Skye Peterson (Andrew’s daughter), I had to take a listen. And I’m so glad I did! Praying this hymn blesses you also!


When the nations rage and death is at the door
When the wars are waged as they have been before
There’s a refuge that I run to
A respite from my fear
Nothing in this world can harm me here

When my song of hope is swallowed by the pain
As the weariness of grief floods in again
Will you find me in the valley
Oh hear my helpless cry
Hold me as a mother holds her child

And I’ll take shelter
Take shelter in the loving arms of God
And I’ll take shelter
Take shelter in the loving arms of God

When a greater war had torn apart my soul
And the iron hold of sin would not let go
All of heaven stormed the darkness
In the power of the cross
I’m freed beneath the banner of His love

And I’ll take shelter
Take shelter in the loving arms of God
And I’ll take shelter
Take shelter in the loving arms of God

When the labors of this fleeting life are done
As the shadows fall we’ll see the lights of home
And then all our present troubles
Will be stories of the past
Safe within His gates we’ll find our rest

And I’ll take shelter
Take shelter in the loving arms of God
And I’ll take shelter
Take shelter in the loving arms of God

Written by Kristyn Getty, Skye Peterson, & Ben Shive. © 2022 Getty Music Publishing (BMI) / Getty Music Hymns and Songs (ASCAP) / Junkbox Music (ASCAP) / adm at MusicServices.org.

Sabbath Rest – Psalm 23

It’s so well known that sometimes we lose sight of the great promises found in the beautiful psalm –

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

This rendition is a bit more current, but lovely and true none the less!

Psalm 23 (Surely Goodness, Surely Mercy)
with lyrics
by Shane & Shane

Sabbath Rest – God of the Ages

We worshiped this morning at our favorite little church – the Bradford Evangelical Free Church (Bradford, VT).  My sister Elna was the official ‘hymn organizer’ there and while I don’t know whether this was scheduled before she entered Heaven in April, it still reminds me of the trust she always had – that God is [our]  history maker, planning our pathways and holding us fast!

Try as I might I couldn’t find a ‘performance’ of this hymn. I did find a lyric video with just the instrumental accompaniment and I’ve linked it below.  But before you scroll down to the video, I encourage you to read through these verses.
Lord of the Past, Lord of tomorrow, and Lord of today!  

God of the ages, History’s Maker,
Planning our pathway, Holding us fast,
Shaping in mercy All that concerns us:
Father, we praise You, Lord of the past.

God of this morning, Gladly Your children
Worship before you, Trustingly bow:
Teach us to know You Always among us,
Quietly sov’reign-Lord of our now.

God of tomorrow, Strong Overcomer,
Princes of darkness Own Your command:
What then can harm us? We are Your people,
Now and forever Kept by Your hand.

Lord of past ages, Lord of this morning,
Lord of the future, Help us, we pray:
Teach us to trust You, Love and obey You,
Crown You each moment Lord of today.

Words: Margaret Clarkson
Music: Gaelic Melody
Arranged by Coffey Ministries

Sabbath Rest – Give Me Jesus

Sometimes when there are no words, all I can say is “Give me Jesus.”

In the morning when I rise,
in the morning when I rise,
in the morning when I rise,
give me Jesus.

Refrain:
Give me Jesus, give me Jesus.
You can have all this world, give me Jesus.

And when I am alone,
And when I am alone,
And when I am alone,
Give me Jesus. [Refrain]

Oh, when I come to die,
oh, when I come to die,
oh, when I come to die,
give me Jesus. [Refrain]

Sabbath Rest – This is My Father’s World

This hymn may be over 100 years old, but still these words ring true – “O let me ne’er forget that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the Ruler yet.”
Hallelujah – This is my Father’s World!

This is my Father’s world,
And to my listening ears
All nature sings, and round me rings
The music of the spheres.
This is my Father’s world:
I rest me in the thought
Of rocks and trees, of skies and seas–
His hand the wonders wrought.

This is my Father’s world:
The birds their carols raise,
The morning light, the lily white,
Declare their Maker’s praise.
This is my Father’s world:
He shines in all that’s fair;
In the rustling grass I hear Him pass,
He speaks to me everywhere.

This is my Father’s world:
O let me ne’er forget
That though the wrong seems oft so strong,
God is the Ruler yet.
This is my Father’s world
The battle is not done
Jesus who died shall be satisfied
And earth and Heav’n be one

This is my Father’s world:
Why should my heart be sad?
The Lord is King: let the heavens ring!
God reigns; let earth be glad!

Author: Maltbie D. Babcock (1901)
Tune: TERRA BEATA
This Is My Father’s World Lyric Video – Keith & Kristyn Getty