I. (v.1) When peace like a river attendth my way, when sorrows like sea billows roll, whatever my lot
A. In peace and in sorrows
1. When we are surrounded by peace the Lord has provided this environment for us, thus it is well with our soul.
I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.
2. And, when we are covered in sorrows and pain, the Lord makes this well with our soul also. He makes it bearable and a path of escape
(Ps 32:10, 1 Cor 10:13).
Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; But he who trusts in the Lord, mercy shall surround him. Psalms 32:10
No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
1 Corinthians 10:13
B. Whatever my (“our”) lot
1. No matter what place we find ourselves God makes it all well with our soul
Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives His beloved sleep.
2. With God there is calm, with God there is wellness for our soul