Today, I preached on Isaiah 26:3: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee. ”
We closed by singing “We Rest On Thee.” It is often sung to the tune Finlandia. Because we use Finlandia for “Be Still My Soul,” we decided to set this one to Mendelssohn’s lovely piece, Consolation (embedded video with music below):
1 We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
2 Yes, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.
3 We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
‘We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.’
4 We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
Edith G. Cherry, 1872-1897
Music: Felix Mendelssohn, 1809-1847
The video includes Mendelssohn’s entire piece. The whole thing is beautiful, but the hymn is sung to the first 50 seconds. (Another hymn, “Still, Still With Thee,” is often sung to this music as well.)