There are two powerful figures of speech (similes) in the first stanza, which capture the Christian’s understanding. If our hearts are humble, we can say we accept whatever the LORD has for us. Our Creator knows best.
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say (orig. know),
It is well, it is well with my soul.
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL
“But God will redeem my soul from the power of the grave, for He shall receive me” (Ps. 49:15)
INTRO.: A song which gives us hope by reminding us that God will redeem our souls from the power of the grave and receive us is “It Is Well With My Soul” (#626 in Hymns for Worship Revised, #561 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by Horatio Gates Spafford, who was born on Oct. 20, 1828, in North Troy, NY, the son of Gazetteer author Horatio Gates Spafford Sr. and Elizabeth Clark Hewitt Spafford. After an early life in New York, he moved while still a young man to Chicago, IL, where he married Anna Larsen of Stavanger, Norway, on September 5, 1861. The Spaffords were well known in 1860s Chicago. Establishing a most successful legal practice, he was…
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