Be Still, My Soul


Be Still, My Soul

This has been one of my favorite songs over the years. It touches the heart and calms the spirit. It is serious and sobering, rather than light and frivolous.

The words of this old favorite are from Katharina von Schlegel (1752), translated by Jane Borthwick (1855).

If you are facing trouble in life, this song will express your emotions. If you are suffering grief, pain, or rejection because of your faith in Christ, surely this song says what is on your heart. We suggest that you sing it at night, when all is quiet, and there is no loud commotion or discussions in the background. Some songs like this are meant to be sung from the abundance of the heart. Pay special attention to the lyrics:

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 heavenly 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.

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.

–Kathrina von Schlegel




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