Be Still My Soul

from by Matt Norman

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This is a new melody for a lesser known hymn written centuries ago by Catharina von Schlegel, along with an original chorus added. I put this together because a chapter of "Seeing With New Eyes" by David Powlison impacted me deeply. It was the first time I was introduced to these words, and I absolutely love them.

"Be Still, My Soul" is a constant appeal to God's nature and promises to wean the soul from its preoccupations and tumults.


Be still, my soul, the Lord is on thy side
Bear patiently the cross of grief and 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
Through 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 winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.

O Israel hope in the Lord
Both now and forever more
Our refuge strong, our harbor sure
Hid safe are we and by His wounds secured

Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.

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


from Lifted, released December 19, 2015



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