It Is Well…

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11

Every time that there have been valleys in my life, I can think of a song that God used to carry me through those moments. Often it was a song that I had never heard before that specifically applied to the situation I was going through. During these times, I would play the song (or songs) over and over again, for days, weeks, or months. These songs have become life songs and I love listening to them and reflecting on how God has worked in my life over the years.

My all time favorite hymn is: It Is Well With My Soul. It was written by: Horatio G. Spafford while he was experiencing great tragedy. Like Job, he lost his property and his family. Back in 2010, I posted the history behind this great hymn and link to the song sung by 4Him. You can see that post if you click HERE. It is a good reminder that even when things go horribly wrong, we can look to Jesus to comfort us and carry us through the valley.

A couple of weeks ago, my friend Keli sang a song at church that I had never heard before. The song was beautiful and powerful but then she sang my all time favorite lyrics… It is well, It is well, with my soul! and my heart leap for joy! I felt the Holy Spirit reassuring my spirit. I have been feeling that I have not really moving in my spirituality but still feeling content with my life. Right now, I am not in a valley. Nor am I on a mountain top. This song reminded me that Through It All… good or bad, mountain or valley, joy or sorrow, moving or not moving… It Is Well With My Soul… because I can trust in Jesus… Through It All!

It Is Well

By: Kristene DiMarco & Bethel Music

Grander earth has quaked before
Moved by the sound of His voice
Seas that are shaken and stirred
Can be calmed and broken for my regard

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
It is well with me

Far be it from me to not believe
Even when my eyes can’t see

And this mountain that’s in front of me
Will be thrown into the midst of the sea

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You
Through it all, through it all
It is well

So let go my soul and trust in Him
The waves and wind still know His name

It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul
It is well with my soul

It is well it is well with my soul

Through it all, through it all
My eyes are on You Lord
Through it all, through it all
It is well with me.

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Disclaimer: By posting this video and song lyrics, I am not endorsing all of Bethel’s songs and/or all of the theology that Bethel teaches at their church.

Is Your Soul Well?

More often then not we hear bad things on the news. It is nice to hear a touching news story every once in awhile. If you are able to; watch this short clip…

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/american-heart-neighbors-morgan-mill-texas/story?id=10323278

This woman and her family experienced a tragedy which changed their lives forever in a blink of an eye. Brandi has amazing strength that I only hope that I would have in her situation. Not only does she have faith that she and her family will be ok; but she also expresses concern for the man who randomly picked her as his victim.

At the end of the clip; words from Brandi’s favorite hymn are quoted. “It Is Well With My Soulhappens to be my favorite hymn as well.

This song was written by Horatio G. Spafford but has been sung in many churches and recorded by many artists. In 1873, Spafford sent his wife and four daughters (his son had died a few years before) to England and he was going to follow them soon after. When their ship collided with another ship and sunk; all four of his daughters died. His wife miraculously survived. After hearing the news; Spafford immediately got on a ship to meet his wife. At some point during the voyage; the captain called him to the bridge and told him that they were passing over where his daughter’s ship had wrecked. Horatio wrote “It Is Well With My Soul” when he went back to his cabin. (To read a more details see here.)

The lyrics to this song have brought me comfort many, many times. They are a reminder that we should be looking toward heaven even when things here on earth go horribly wrong. Jesus will bring you comfort if you lean on him during your times of sorrow.

“Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalm 42:11

“It Is Well With My Soul” Sung by: 4 Him

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Refrain:
It is well, 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!

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.