Saturday, April 12, 2008

Then Sings My Soul Saturday

I love hymns.

Such a beautiful heritage of theology, comfort, and encouragement can be found in these sweet old songs. I also love some of the recent interpretations of these blessed hymns, as often in church we would get so caught up in singing verse-chorus-verse-chorus (and always skipping the 3rd verse!) that it was easy to miss the powerful message in the words.

Here is one of my favorite groups, Selah, singing the wonderful hymn Be Still My Soul. The words they sing are on the video but I have included the full 3 verses below for your reflection. They also intertwine a portion of What a Friend We Have in Jesus in this arrangement; that itself may be a future Saturday focus, as it was my dad's favorite hymn.

In our hurried world focused on instant gratification and high-speed everything, from internet to microwaves, may we take some moments to still our souls, especially when we walk through difficult circumstances.

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 heav'nly Friend
Thro' 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 wind still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

Be still, my soul: the hour is hast' ning on
When we shall be forevr with the Lord,
When disappointment, grief, and fear are gone.
Sorrow forgot, love's purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when changes and tears are past,
All safe and blessed we shall meet at last.

Be sure to visit Signs, Miracles, & Wonders for more Saturday music for your soul!


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Xandra@Heart-of-Service said...

I just love Selah! They did a beautiful arrangement of this hymn...I enjoyed just reading the lyrics again.


Shari said...

The part they used of What a Friend We Have in Jesus, fits perfectly with Be Still My Soul. These are words that I needed to hear. I just need to take some time to be still.

Faith said...

I love Selah! And this is a great version of a beautiful hymn!!

ocean mommy said...

This is just beautiful!


~Ang said...

Love that. Thanks for sharing it! I especially loved the third verse.

Amy Wyatt said...

I wasn't familiar with this version. Just beautiful.
Thanks for sharing.

sharon brobst said...

that is so beautiful!

Tonya said...

I LOVE Selah too! Did you know that one of it's members just lost a child? His wife delivered a beautiful baby girl. She lived just a day. You can visit their family blog here...

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2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Oh, Linda, how I love hymns. My kids did not grow up hearing them like I did. Occasionally I hear an old one and am surprised that I remember the lyrics, and they have been a comfort to me along with the Bible. Thanks for sharing.

A Stone Gatherer said...

I posted that very song on my blog awhile back! It is by far one of my all time favorite hymns! I love the way Selah does it also! Thanks for sharing!

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