Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Shelter in the Storm - Hymn


It's been snowing for more than 24 hours here in Maine. Schools and businesses are closed, we're advised not to travel. We are "hunkered" down with our provisions, "weathering the storm" until it passes.

This particular storm is uncharacteristic for this time of year, as are many of the sudden "storms" that come upon our lives - Jesus can be our shelter during these rough times.

The hymn below was said to be a favorite song of the fisherman on the north coast of England, and they were often heard singing it as they approached their harbors in the time of storm.

A SHELTER IN THE TIME OF STORM
by Vernon Charlesworth, 1880

The Lord’s our rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Chorus
Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.

A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes afright,
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

O rock divine, O refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A Shelter in the time of storm.

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You have been a refuge for the poor,
a refuge for the needy in their distress,
a shelter from the storm
and a shade from the heat.

Isaiah 25:4a

2 comments:

Barbara said...

Singing and praying this with you (in a storm other than the weather here).
Wonderful song and comforting verse. Thank you.

Vee said...

Wouldn’t it be wonderful to hear those men singing as they pulled into harbor? I am sure that singing the refrain all together that way encouraged them. I enjoyed singing it all by my lonesome. And I do need shelter for my weary head that is just plain scrambled by these late season storms. It’s the disappointment of having to start all over from scratch when we were so close to an early spring. Life can be like that!