This was one of my favourite songs in 1975 when I became a Holy Spirit-baptised Christian. We only had songs on vinyl in those days. No videos. No CDs. No DVDs. Just vinyls.

 

 

 

“It Is Well With My Soul” is a hymn written by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. It was first published in 1876.

Below is a Wikipedia article outlining the hymns origins and history.

The hymn has a very sad history in its origins. Sad beyond belief and a testimony to Horation Spafford’s faith and godly character that he composed such a hymn at a time of the greatest Job-like series of tragedies in his life.

 

It Is Well with My Soul

From Wikipedia, the free Encyclopedia

 

(Original lyrics)

(When peace like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to know or saya
It is well, it is well, with my soul.)

Refrain:
It is well, (it is well),
With my soul, (with my soul)
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life,
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.

But Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
A song in the night, oh my soul! b

a “know” (at the end of the third line) was changed to “say”.
b “A song in the night, oh my soul” (last line)
was changed to “Even so, it is well with my soul”.

 

Wikipedia continued…

“”It Is Well With My Soul” is a hymn penned by hymnist Horatio Spafford and composed by Philip Bliss. First published in Gospel Songs No. 2 by Sankey and Bliss (1876), it is possibly the most influential and enduring in the Bliss repertoire and is often taken as a choral model, appearing in hymnals of a wide variety of Christian fellowships.

This hymn was written after traumatic events in Spafford’s life. The first was the death of his son at the age of 2 and the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which ruined him financially (he had been a successful lawyer and had invested significantly in property in the area of Chicago that was extensively damaged by the great fire). His business interests were further hit by the economic downturn of 1873, at which time he had planned to travel to Europe with his family on the SS Ville du Havre. In a late change of plan, he sent the family ahead while he was delayed on business concerning zoning problems following the Great Chicago Fire. While crossing the Atlantic, the ship sank rapidly after a collision with a sea vessel, the Loch Earn, and all four of Spafford’s daughters died. His wife Anna survived and sent him the now famous telegram, “Saved alone…”. Shortly afterwards, as Spafford traveled to meet his grieving wife, he was inspired to write these words as his ship passed near where his daughters had died.

Bliss called his tune Ville du Havre, from the name of the stricken vessel.

The Spaffords later had three more children. On February 11, 1880, their son, Horatio Goertner Spafford, died at the age of four, of scarlet fever. Their daughters were Bertha Hedges Spafford (born March 24, 1878) and Grace Spafford (born January 18, 1881). Their Presbyterian church regarded their tragedy as divine punishment. In response, the Spaffords formed their own Messianic sect, dubbed “the Overcomers” by American press. In 1881, the Spaffords, including baby Bertha and newborn Grace, set sail for Ottoman-Turkish Palestine. The Spaffords settled in Jerusalem and helped found a group called the American Colony. Colony members, later joined by Swedish Christians, engaged in philanthropic work among the people of Jerusalem regardless of their religious affiliation and without proselytizing motives—thereby gaining the trust of the local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian communities. During and immediately after World War I, the American Colony played a critical role in supporting these communities through the great suffering and deprivations by running soup kitchens, hospitals, orphanages and other charitable ventures. The colony later became the subject of Jerusalem by the Nobel prize-winning author, Swedish novelist Selma Lagerlöf.

Notable performances

The Georgia Southern University marching band Southern Pride plays the song at the end of each win.

1961: Tennessee Ernie Ford Hymns at Home
1963: Doris Akers Forever Faithful
1968: Mahalia Jackson A Mighty Fortress
1991: Don Moen Eternal God
1995: Jennifer Holliday On & On
1995: Crystal Lewis “(Hymns) My Life”
1999: Audio Adrenaline Underdog
1999: Selah “Be Still My Soul”
2000: 4Him Hymns: A Place of Worship
2001: Dwight Yoakam South of Heaven, West of Hell
2002: Rebecca St. James Worship God
2002: Amy Grant recorded a portion of the song along with “The River’s Gonna Keep On Rolling” (written by Vince Gill). It appears as “It Is Well with My Soul/The River’s Gonna Keep On Rolling” on her studio album Legacy… Hymns and Faith and was later included on her 2015 compilation album Be Still and Know… Hymns & Faith.
2003: The Three Tenors Bath 2003
2005: Jars of Clay Redemption Songs
2006: Chris Rice “Peace Like a River: The Hymns Project”
2008: Kristyn Getty YouTube
2009: Kutless It Is Well
2011: Hillsong Music (Darlene Zschech) single (new bridge added by Reuben Morgan & Ben Fielding); all proceeds from the recording go to help the Queensland Flood Relief Effort
2011: Josh Wilson See You, instrumental version, fingerstyle guitar
2013: Eleventyseven Good Spells (EP)
2014: Michael W. Smith Hymns
2014: Shane & Shane The Worship Initiative, Vol. 4
2014: Newsboys Hallelujah for the Cross
2014: Bro. Philemon featuring Morris Babyface
2015: Kristian Stanfill from the 2015 Passion Conferences’s album Even So Come
2015: The Reverend Senator Clementa Pinckney Homegoing Celebration in Charleston South Carolina
2016: Audrey Assad Inheritance”

 

Here is another beautiful sensitive rendition of “It is well with my soul” performed by Wintley Phipps accompanied by the Bill & Gloria Gaither musicians and singers.

 

 

Please listen to the above video of Bill and Gloria Gaither’s rendition of a hymn “It is well with my soul” written by hymnist Horatio Spafford.

The hymn was first published in 1876.

 

It Is Well With My Soul

When peace like a river attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

[Chorus]
It is well, It is well,
With my soul, with my soul,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.

Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blessed assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.

[Chorus]

My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!

[Chorus]

And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back like a scroll;
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul.

[Chorus]

Songwriters
HORATION G SPAFFORD /P.P BLISS

 

The only thing in this lost world; the only thing that satisfies our hearts and souls is the Christian message of hope and the sense of blessedness, love and hope that the Blessed Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus brings to our hearts and souls.

 

Our sin is nailed to the Cross

“My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!”

This is the very heart of the Christian gospel.

That we have a Saviour in the Lord Jesus Christ.

That we can be forgiven and that our sins can indeed be nailed metaphorically and spiritually to the Cross of Calvary.

Our “old man” can die, and has to die, and a new man is born in its place with a heart of flesh replacing the world-hard heart of stone.

 

That Great and Mighty Day

“And Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back like a scroll;
The trumpet shall sound and the Lord shall descend,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, oh my soul.”

 

The great Apostle Paul wrote these words in 1 Thessalonians 4:16:

“15 By the word of the Lord, we declare to you that we who are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord will by no means precede those who have fallen asleep. 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a loud command, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will be the first to rise. 17 After that, we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.…

Berean Study Bible

 

The great and revered Apostle John, John the Beloved, recorded prophetic visions on the Island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea:

Revelation 8

New International Version

The Seventh Seal and the Golden Censer

1 When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.

2 And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and seven trumpets were given to them.

3 Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5 Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

The Trumpets

6 Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them.

7 The first angel sounded his trumpet, and there came hail and fire mixed with blood, and it was hurled down on the earth. A third of the earth was burned up, a third of the trees were burned up, and all the green grass was burned up.

8 The second angel sounded his trumpet, and something like a huge mountain, all ablaze, was thrown into the sea. A third of the sea turned into blood, 9a third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed.

10 The third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star, blazing like a torch, fell from the sky on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water— 11 the name of the star is Wormwood.a A third of the waters turned bitter, and many people died from the waters that had become bitter.

12 The fourth angel sounded his trumpet, and a third of the sun was struck, a third of the moon, and a third of the stars, so that a third of them turned dark. A third of the day was without light, and also a third of the night.

13 As I watched, I heard an eagle that was flying in midair call out in a loud voice: “Woe! Woe! Woe to the inhabitants of the earth, because of the trumpet blasts about to be sounded by the other three angels!”

 

Below is a video “The King is Coming” by Bill and Gloria Gaither featuring the Gaither Vocal Band.