Singing through the Year: Be Still, My Soul
This week's hymn, "Be Still, My Soul," can be sung as an extended response to this Sunday's Psalm text: "Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth" (Ps 124:8).
Because our help is in God, we can be at peace—we can "be still"—even in troubled times.
There are so many beautiful recordings of "Be Still, My Soul"—but this choir and harp setting is so lovely that I'm only posting the one, in hopes it's what you'll listen to!
Be Still, My Soul
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,
who through all changes 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 surely as 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.
Singing through the Year features a hymn related to next Sunday's readings from the Revised Common Lectionary. Each hymn will be sung at Immanuel Presbyterian Church (Cincinnati, Ohio) where I am the organist.