SCRIPTURE TEXT: “For this is what the LORD says: “I will extend peace to her like a river, and the wealth of nations like a flooding stream: you will nurse and be carried on her arm and dandled on her knees. As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you and you will be comforted over Jerusalem”.” -Isaiah 66: 12-13
Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace, Over all victorious, in its bright increase; Perfect, yet it floweth fuller everyday, Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
Refrain: Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.
Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand, Never foe can follow, never traitor stand; Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care, Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
Every joy or trial falleth from above, Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love; We may trust Him fully all for us to do; They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.
This hymn text by Frances Havergal, often called “England’s Consecration Poet,” reflects so well her personal lifestyle. Her brief life of 43 years was said to be completely dedicated to God and His service.
The music was composed for this text by James Mountain, an English Baptist pastor, evangelist and musician. The hymn first appeared in its present form in the Hymns of Consecration and Faith, published in 1876. The song was titled “Perfect Peace.” Frances said on one occasion: “Writing is praying with me. You know a child will look up at every sentence and say, ‘And what shall I say next?’ That is just what I do; I ask Him that at every line He would give me not merely thoughts and power, but also every word, even the very rhymes.”
Peace with God in Christ through His blood, in a way of believing, and as the fruit and effect of His righteousness being received by faith; this is not always felt, received, and enjoyed in the soul; yet the foundation of it always is, and is perfect.
Prayer point: Pray and ask for peace, peace in your home, peace in your workplace, peace in your country and peace in the world.
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS