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25 Relevant Hymns to Sing in Troubled Times

3. Behold Our God

“Who has given counsel to the Lord?
Who can question any of His words?
Who can teach the One Who knows all things?
Who can fathom all His wondrous deeds?”

(Jonathan Baird, Meghan Baird, Ryan Baird, and Stephen Altrogge, 2011)

4. O God, Our Help in Ages Past

“Under the shadow of your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is your arm alone,
And our defense is sure.”

(Isaac Watts, 1719, based on Psalm 90:1–5)

5. God Moves in a Mysterious Way

“Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy, and shall break
In blessings on your head.
Judge not the Lord by feeble sense,
But trust him for his grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.”

(William Cowper, 1774)

6. Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

“Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under his wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what he ordaineth?”

(Joachim Neander, 1680; Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1863)

BonusA Sov’reign Protector I Have

This song isn’t widely known or sung, and I don’t know of a recording of it, but the text is a moving expression of trust in God in the midst of peril.

“Inspirer and hearer of prayer,
Thou Shepherd and Guardian of Thine,
My all to Thy covenant care
I sleeping and waking resign.

If Thou art my Shield and my Sun,
The night is no darkness to me;
And fast as my moments roll on,
They bring me but nearer to Thee.”

(Augustus Toplady, 1774)

Relevant Hymns of Waiting, Lament, and Endurance

7. Abide with Me

“I fear no foe with thee at hand to bless,
Ills have no weight, and tears no bitterness.
Where is death’s sting? Where, grave, thy victory?
I triumph still, if thou abide with me.”

(Henry Francis Lyte, 1847)

8. I Will Wait for You (Psalm 130)

“Out of the depths I cry to You,
In darkest places I will call;
Incline Your ear to me anew,
And hear my cry for mercy, Lord.”

(Stuart Townend, Keith Getty, Jordan Kauflin, and Matt Merker, 2018)

9. Christ the Sure and Steady Anchor

“Christ, the sure and steady anchor
Through the floods of unbelief;
Hopeless somehow, O my soul,
Now lift your eyes to Calvary.
This, my ballast of assurance;
See His love forever proved;
I will hold fast to the anchor;
It shall never be removed.”

(Matt Boswell and Matt Papa, 2014)

10. Be Still, My Soul

“Be still, my soul: your God will undertake
to guide the future as he has the past.
Your hope, your 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.”

(Katharina von Schlegel, 1855; Translated by Jane Bothwick)

11. He Will Hold Me Fast

“Those He saves are His delight,
Christ will hold me fast;
Precious in His holy sight,
He will hold me fast.
He’ll not let my soul be lost;
His promises shall last;
Bought by Him at such a cost,
He will hold me fast.”

(Ada Habershon, 1861–1918)

12. When Trials Come

“I turn to Wisdom not my own
For every battle You have known;
My confidence will rest in You,
Your love endures, Your ways are good;
Your love endures, Your ways are good.”

(Keith and Kristyn Getty, 2005)

13. Afflicted Saint, to Christ Draw Near

“Afflicted saint, to Christ draw near,
Your Savior’s gracious promise hear;
His faithful Word you can believe:
That as your days your strength shall be.”

(John Fawcett, 1740–1817)

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Matt Merker is a Pastoral Assistant at Capitol Hill Baptist Church in Washington, DC, where his responsibilities include music and service preparation. A native of Long Island, NY, Matt studied at Vanderbilt University and is currently an M.Div candidate at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He and his wife Erica are in the process of adopting a child.