“Peace! Be Still”

Once Christ and his friends went out in a boat;
A bad storm arose and tossed them about.
Though Christ was close by,
His friends got so scared;
They woke him, he spoke,
And his words calmed the storm.

When Christ told the winds to be silent,
And he told the waves to be still,
The words he spoke calmed the fiercest storm,
And he calms storms even today.

Peace! Be still! Peace! Be still!
Whatever storms your life faces,
Won’t you let Christ help you calm them?
Peace! Be still!

As you live your life one day at a time,
Bad storms will arise and toss you about.
There’s no need to fear,
For Christ is close by;
When his time is right,
He’ll address every storm.

When Christ tells the winds to be silent,
And he tells the waves to be still,
The words he speaks calm the fiercest storms,
Yes, he calms storms even today.

Peace! Be still! Peace! Be still!
Whatever storms your life faces,
Won’t you let Christ help you calm them?
Peace! Be still!

About This Song:

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you’ve learned how much I love to take Scripture and reword it in a way I can set to music. “Peace!  Be Still” is one of my favorites.

It’s taken from Matthew 8: 23-27. . .

23 Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

26 He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

27 The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
(NIV)

I’ve also added something from Mark 4:39 about the same incident. . .

39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
(NIV)

Another familiar translation says, “Peace! Be still!”

I think this is one of the most reassuring passages in the New Testament. Jesus was asleep in the boat at a time His disciples were panicking. Not because Jesus was unconcerned about his friends, but because He knew His Heavenly Father was in control and worry was unwarranted. So He spoke to the storm at the appropriate time and the storm dissipated.

What about you? Does your life have storms that sometimes threaten to wash you out of your boat and sink you to the bottom of the sea, figuratively speaking?

Mine sure does. More than once when I’ve needed reassurance, I’ve turned to this Scripture, often by singing this song to myself. The comfort that comes from knowing Jesus can calm our storms is beyond description.

Can you think of a time when Jesus has calmed a storm in your life? How about sharing a comment?

Free lead sheets (lyrics, tune, and chords) are available for many of my songs. Click on the Lead Sheets tab at the top of this page to see whether one is available for this song. Videos for many of my songs, some recorded at home and some at our church’s nursing home ministry, can be accessed at my website, RogerBruner.com, under the Listen tab.

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Best regards,
Roger

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About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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