Friday, June 24, 2016

We Rest on Thee

Yesterday as I was pondering the subject of finished,
completion and rest, I 'stumbled' across a hymn that
says it all:

'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.'

Yea, '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.

'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
Victors--we rest with Thee, through endless days.
Edith G Cherry, 1872-1897--died at age 25

"Edith was on crutches most of her life due to Polio
as a child.  Her songs were mostly spontaneous,
whether she sang under dark clouds or soared above
them. Her only sister, 15 months younger, died at
age five. Edith often wondered how they would
meet each other, 'in the bright heavenly home.'
Most of her poems were written before the age of

The poem I penned above was the last hymn sung by
Jim Elliot, Nate Saint and the others the night before
they were martyred by the Auca Indians. Five men
died that day in the jungles of Ecuador in the 1980's.
If you have not seen the End of the Spear, see if you
can find it. It is one of the best documentaries I have
seen and covers the deaths, the why and the salvation
of those who killed.

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender

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