Music Monday: We Rest on Thee

We sang this song last night at Church and later that evening Matt reminded me that this was the song the 5 missionaries to the Auca Indians: Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Pete Flemming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully all sang before entering the jungle only to be killed by the very people they were trying to reach with the gospel. Later the wives of the 5 went back into the jungle to share with their husband’s murderers and some amazing results followed. Note the last line is the title of Elisabeth Elliot’s book recounting the details. This is one of my all time favorite stories!

Jim Elliott is one of my heroes of the faith.

Nate Saint

 

We Rest on Thee

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.

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.
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

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.”

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 splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.

Words by: Edith G. Cherry

Music by: Jean Sibelius

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYjBWOz9kwM

“Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in thee..”                       St. Augustine

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