Why should life discourage you so?
Why despair when you’re feeling low?
Let the Lord be the strength of your heart.
Call upon His name.
Troubles in this world never cease,
But the Lord wants to give you His peace.
Take heart; He has conquered the world.
Call upon His name. Call on His name.
Let God be your shelter and your strength,
An ever-present help when life’s at its worst.
There’s no need to fear, though the world fall about you.
Calm down and know that He is still the Lord.
Do not worry about anything.
Pray instead about everything.
Tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank Him
For His each and every answer.
About this song:
I wrote this song many years ago–the verses, that is. Stanza one is based on Psalm 46:1-2. . .”God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. And so we need not fear even if the world blows up, and the mountains crumble into the sea.” (Living Bible).
The second stanza is adapted from Philippians 4:6. . .”Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank him for his answers.” (Living Bible)
In the original version of this song–then titled Do Not Worry–the two stanzas were reversed.
It always seemed too short, though. So a year or two ago, I started searching through the Bible for some related ideas. The problem wasn’t finding enough appropriate Scriptures, but finding too many.
John 16:33 was perfect: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
So was Psalm 73:26. . .”My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”
So I took these Scriptures–perhaps several others–and mixed them up in my usual prayerful way and came up with the refrain for the new and current version of this song. As strange as it seems, several times in recent years I’ve gone back to having at least a little bit of rhyming in my lyrics, this refrain being one example.
It was interesting coming up with a tune for the refrain after having sung the old version of the song for so many years.
Please join me again next Wednesday for another set of lyrics. In the meantime, you may be interested in checking out my other blog, “On Aging Gracelessly.”