Sunday, May 22, 2005

Peace, Perfect Peace

This is in response to a new friend, Mike Hall, and his blog, Seek God Now.

"You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thought are fixed on you!" Is. 26:3

"The song, "Peace, Perfect Peace" was written by Edward Henry Bickersteth under unusual circumstances. He was visiting his aged relative, Archdeacon Hill of Liverpool, who was sick unto death and his mind greatly clouded. Eager to comfort him, the Bishop read to him the text from Isaiah, and then in a few minutes at the bedside composed this hymn and read it to the dying man......The questions form a series of challenges to our faith: in each case Jesus is the key that resolves the dilemma." Quoted from the book "The Gospel in Hymns:
Backgrounds and Interpretations" by Albert Edward Bailey copyright 1950.

Here are the words:

"Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus--this is rest.

Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round?
On Jesus bosom naught but calm is found.

Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away?
In Jesus keeping we are safe, and they.

Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.

It is enough; earth's struggles soon shall cease,
And Jesus call us to heav'n's perfect peace."

Mike, may you continue to be blessed and find all kinds of peace in believing!!


mh said...

Thank you for sharing the words to thay hymn...the words are so much more powerful when you know the stories surrounding the writing of them.

Be Blessed,

Jayleigh said...

That's one of my favorites, Joyce. Thank you for sharing.

Ladybug Dennis said...

I'm writing a ladies Bible Study and would LOVE to use that quote about Peace Perfect Peace in one of the chapters. Do you own Bailey's The Gospel in Hymns? Do you have a page number for the quote? Any info would be most appreciated. And, by the way Mercy Me is one of my favorite Christian groups!