I went looking for an impressive arrangement of this hold hymn and was NOT disappointed! We sang this song at church this morning and I felt that I had to share it on the blog. My favorite stanza is the very last one that says "That soul though all hell should endeavor to shake, I'll never, no never, no never, forsake". This morning as I sang along with our congregation, those words held fast with me. I think of the parable of the man who built his house on rock instead of sand. I think too of how Scriptures tell us that following Christ does not spare our lives from hardships, but that when our souls are indeed shaken, that firm foundation we have established on Christ, will not wash away. Troubles in life will come. Big, painful ones. What is your foundation built on?
What a gift it is to worship regularly with the body of Christ! When singing amidst large groups, I often find myself with my eyes shut, listening to the voices around me. I imagine what it will sound like when we all worship together in heaven and my eyes get all misty. I've been doing that a lot lately as this big pregnant belly has made it hard for me to have the lung capacity to sing out as I normally would. You should've heard our sanctuary fill up with the hundreds of voices praising Christ through this hymn today. It was something special for sure.
I love how this band performs it with such JOY! Just as it should be sung. I had never heard of the Norton Hall Band before coming across this video, but I do consider it a divine encounter now! I'm always on the hunt for musicians who pump life back into old hymns and these guys sure do know how to do it! If you love hymns like I do, be sure to check out their two albums.