It Is Well

We sang the hymn, “It Is Well” in church this past weekend (hymns are a rare thing these days, it seems, but I’ll save that discourse for another day), and I once again found myself stirred by the words. The song is a powerful reminder that no matter what may befall me, it is still well with my soul – even (especially?) when things are hard.

If you are unfamiliar with the tragic story that prompted Horatio Spafford to pen this classic hymn, you may want to take a minute to read about it here.

I’ll conclude with the full lyrics (which I found on for your own personal contemplation, but for emphasis, I have highlighted certain words and concepts in bold:

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

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 hath 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

That, 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!

14 thoughts on “It Is Well

  1. Thank you dailyhopeful for this. This was a wonderful way to start my mornin brother!

    This was also the favorite song of one of my former pastors.

    A segment of this song…”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!”

    …Was contradictory to what he preached though.

    He believed that Christians needed to continually seek ongoing forgiveness from God.

    Well enough of that.
    Good mornin to you dailythankful. 😀

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    1. Hi Lee! Thanks for your kind words. 🙂 I too really enjoy this song, as it helps to orient my perspective where it should be: on Jesus, and not on my shifting circumstances.

      I do believe that we are called to repent from our sins, but when we do so, our forgiveness from the Lord is always assured.

      Take care,
      SISTER Daily Thankfui 😉

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      1. Good mornin dailythankful. I appreciate your kindness, and your zeal for our Lord sister. ☺
        And I agree with you, we definitely should always be turning from our sins. Always. To not turn from our sins is rebellion against God, and will bring upon us His righteous chastening on us. 100% no question.
        But have you considered this where the issue of forgiveness is concerned:

        I present this not as a know it all, (because I’m not. I’m constantly learning, and I get stuff wrong all the time).
        I only present this to you from kindness, and from a heart that seeks to honor what Jesus did for us.

        Lord bless you sister.

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      2. Lee, we are in agreement on the issue of forgiveness! Yes, Christ atoned for all sin. However, when I know that I’ve hurt God, I like to say I’m sorry and confess it, and when I do, I know that His already-accomplished-on-Calvary forgiveness has covered my transgression fully.

        Aa Jesus said, “It is finished.”

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      3. Aww. I accidentally replied too soon! Long story short, we are on the same page. I tend to focus on confession and repentance, since the forgiveness is already in place.

        My apologies for being so unclear earlier!

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      4. Hey, that link I just now made to you wasn’t the link that I intended to attach. But, it’s on the same topic, so it’ll do I guess. And the smiley face that I inserted into my comment had hearts on the face, but the one that I selected only showed a smile, without hearts.
        So two of my attachments went awry didn’t they?

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