“Peace, Be Still”

The song and the tune that stands out this week is a hymn written in 1874 by Mary Ann Baker and was set to music by Dr. H. R. Palmer. It is also known by the opening sentence “Master, the tempest is raging”. It became an appropriate song because the pastor’s message is titled “Joy in suffering”.

When the tempest is raging and it seems the ship will be wrecked or the boat sunk and worship in our mouth turns “Carest Thou not that we perish?” be certain that He that watches you never sleep nor slumber.

This is how Mary Ann Baker describes it:

Verse 1.

Master, the tempest is raging!
The billows are tossing high!
The sky is o’ershadowed with blackness,
No shelter or help is nigh;
“Carest Thou not that we perish?”
How canst Thou lie asleep,
When each moment so madly is threatening
A grave in the angry deep?

Refrain

The winds and the waves obey Thy will,
Peace, be still!
Whether the wrath of the storm tossed sea,
Or demons or men, or whatever it be
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean, and earth, and skies;
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, be still! Peace, be still!
They all shall sweetly obey Thy will,
Peace, peace, be still!

Verse 2.

Master, with anguish of spirit
I bow in my grief today;
The depths of my sad heart are troubled
Oh, waken and save, I pray!
Torrents of sin and of anguish
Sweep o’er my sinking soul;
And I perish! I perish! dear Master
Oh, hasten, and take control.

Refrain

Verse 3.

Master, the terror is over,
The elements sweetly rest;
Earth’s sun in the calm lake is mirrored,
And heaven’s within my breast;
Linger, O blessed Redeemer!
Leave me alone no more;
And with joy I shall make the blest harbor,
And rest on the blissful shore.

Refrain

 

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