One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after;
that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life  (Psalm 27:4)
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Some Favourite Hymns
and the Stories Behind Them

We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender   |   Favourite Hymns

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We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender

"And Asa cried unto the LORD his God and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee" (2 Chronicles 14:11).

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 splendour / Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
[Edith Gilling Cherry, 1872-1897]

YOUTUBE:  We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender

"From the evening service on May 31, 2009"  /  Viewers' comments:  "This has been a blessing over and over"  /  "Very moving, thank you"  /  "The words speak so much truth"  /  "Beautiful"

YOUTUBE:  We Rest On Thee

A wonderful rendition but please note it does not include the second verse.  /  "A cappella rendition of We Rest On Thee by The Mennonite Hour Men's Chorus ... Basic Mennonite Hour sound with simple arrangement, solid harmony and clear diction"  /  Viewers' comments:  "This is by far my favourite hymn"  /  "This is a very, very special hymn"  /  "I was greatly impacted by these Christian missionary martyrs. I have sung this song many times"

YOUTUBE:  We Rest On Thee

This is a superb rendition but please note that it includes the first and fourth verses only.  /  Viewers' comments:  "Was this not the song that was sung as the five young men went to certain death by the Auca Indians? Such courageous faith"  /  "When days are hard, this song comforts me greatly"  /  "Reminding me of God's unfailing care"

YOUTUBE:  We Rest On Thee

This is a slightly quirky - and beautiful - version of this hymn. It also includes pictures of the film version of the story of Jim Elliot and the four missionaries with him.  /  Viewers' comments:  "Beautiful very beautiful"  /  "In love with this version"

The Midweek Hymn: We Rest On Thee  (06 March 2019)

"In 1893, when she was 23, [Edith Gilling Cherry] wrote We Rest On Thee, based on 2 Chronicles 14:11 ... Edith Cherry's words were paired with Jean Sibelius's Finlandia Hymn..."

We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender  (February 2019)

"One of the favourite hymns of our fellowship sung in our Sunday meetings is this wonderful hymn: We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender ... Like many hymns, this hymn has a story - in fact, it has two stories..."

YOUTUBE:  Elisabeth Elliot - A Pattern for Good  (06 July 2014)

@22:45 - 25:00:  "...[Jim and the other four men] made an attempt to reach the Auca Indians. You know the end of the story. The men had trusted God at every single point through the entire 3 or 4 months of dropping gifts to the Auca Indians to prove their friendship, praying that God would specifically show them how they should make an entrance, when they should make an entrance, who should go ... As [the men] went, they sang that hymn by Edith G. Cherry, We Rest On Thee, Our Shield and Our Defender.  And I want you to ask yourself tonight if it fits into your category of the way God does things; that He would allow five obedient servants of His to trust Him to be their Shield, and would then allow them to be speared to death..."

BOOK:  The Master's Touch and Other Poems  by Edith Gilling Cherry

Memory Notes of the Sweet Singer:  "What was she like, herself - this writer of The Master's Touch?  She was just a bright winsome girl ... with a spirit deeply taught in the truths of God. Sweet and gentle in disposition, but frail in body, yet that did not sadden her life - scarcely handicapped it - seemed rather to thin the casement through which the light of Heaven shone into her spirit so clearly as to make the Homeland almost more real than earth, things Eternal more visible and certain than the things of time ... gifted with the power of entering into the sorrows of others; ... Hence, some of her poems express a depth of experience in suffering that it would, otherwise, be difficult to accredit to one so young ... The Master's Touch ... was the outcome of bitter personal trial while engaged in Christian work ... The space reserved in this first small volume is too limited for many more Memory Notes ... Several of the poems in this collection were published during the life-time of the beloved writer, and she had the exquisite joy of knowing that her first efforts in the service of song were used and blessed of the Lord ... and how many sick and suffering ... have been helped by its comforting messages, none can tell..."

BOOK:  Through Gates of Splendour  by Elisabeth Elliot

"At the close of their prayers the five men sang one of their favourite hymns, 'We Rest On Thee', to the stirring tune of 'Finlandia'.  Jim and Ed had sung this hymn since college days and knew the verses by heart. On the last verse their voices rang out with deep conviction: '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'..."




Thus saith the LORD,
Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way,
and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls
(Jeremiah 6:16)



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