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25 Relevant Hymns to Sing in Troubled Times

Relevant Hymns of Trust and Commitment

14. All My Help Comes from the Lord

“When I am weak, he gives me strength.
When I am lonely, he comforts me.
When I am tired of the load that I am bearing,
He gives me courage, courage, courage to bear my share.”

(Cleophus Robinson, 1932–1998)

15. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

“What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.”

(Elisha Hoffman, 1887)

16. He Leadeth Me

“Sometimes mid scenes of deepest gloom,
Sometimes where Eden’s flowers bloom,
By waters calm, o’er troubled sea,
Still ’tis God’s hand that leadeth me.”

(Joseph H. Gilmore, 1862)

17. My Shepherd Will Supply My Need

“When I walk through the shades of death
Thy presence is my stay;
One word of Thy supporting breath
Drives all my fears away.
Thy hand, in sight of all my foes,
Doth still my table spread;
My cup with blessings overflows,
Thine oil anoints my head.”

(Isaac Watts, 1719, based on Psalm 23)

18. ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus

“Jesus, Jesus, how I trust him!
How I’ve proved him o’er and o’er!
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust him more!”

(Louisa Stead, 1882)

19. Whate’er My God Ordains Is Right

“Whate’er my God ordains is right:
Though now this cup, in drinking,
May bitter seem to my faint heart,
I take it, all unshrinking.
My God is true; each morn anew
Sweet comfort yet shall fill my heart,
And pain and sorrow shall depart.”

(Samuel Rodigast, 1675, Translated by Catherine Winkworth, 1827–1878)

Relevant Hymns on Hope, Everlasting life, and the New Creation

20. On Jordan’s Stormy Banks I Stand

“No chilling winds or poisonous breath
Can reach that healthful shore;
Sickness and sorrow, pain and death,
Are felt and feared no more.”

(Samuel Stennett, 1787) 

21. There Is a Hope

“There is a hope that lifts my weary head,
A consolation strong against despair,
That when the world has plunged me in its deepest pit,
I find the Savior there!
Through present sufferings, future’s fear,
He whispers ‘courage’ in my ear.
For I am safe in everlasting arms,
And they will lead me home.”

(Stuart Townend and Mark Edwards, 2007) 

22. Where Shall I Be?

“All trouble done, all conflict past,
Where shall I be?
And old Apolyon bound at last,
Where shall I be?
When Christ shall reign from shore to shore,
Where shall I be?
And peace abide forevermore,
Where shall I be?”

(Charles Price Jones, 1865–1949)

23. Christ Is Mine Forevermore

“Mine are tears in times of sorrow
Darkness not yet understood
Through the valley I must travel
Where I see no earthly good
But mine is peace that flows from heaven
And the strength in times of need
I know my pain will not be wasted
Christ completes his work in me”

(Jonny Robinson and Rich Thompson, 2016)

24. We Will Feast in the House of Zion

“We will not be burned by the fire;
He is the LORD our God.
We are not consumed, by the flood;
Upheld, protected, gathered up,
We will feast in the house of Zion.
We will sing with our hearts restored.
‘He has done great things,’ we will say together;
We will feast and weep no more.”

(Sandra McCracken and Joshua Moore, 2015)

25. The Sands of Time Are Sinking

“The sands of time are sinking,
The dawn of heaven breaks,
The summer morn I’ve sighed for,
The fair sweet morn awakes;
Dark, dark hath been the midnight,
But day-spring is at hand,
And glory, glory dwelleth
In Emmanuel’s land.”

(Anne Ross Cousin, 1857, based on the letters of Samuel Rutherford)

Bonus: Christ Our Hope in Life and Death

“What truth can calm the troubled soul?
God is good, God is good.
Where is his grace and goodness known?
In our great Redeemer’s blood.
Who holds our faith when fears arise?
Who stands above the stormy trial?
Who sends the waves that bring us nigh
Unto the shore, the rock of Christ?”

(Keith Getty, Matt Boswell, Jordan Kauflin, Matt Merker, Matt Papa, 2020)

This article about relevant hymns originally appeared here.

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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.