Frances R. Havergal, 1836-1879

O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:
Isaiah 48:18

Our gift of salvation includes more than pardon from sin, deliverance from Hell, and a guarantee to Heaven. It includes everything we need to live victorious lives of "perfect peace and rest" here and now. Peace is a fruit of the Holy Spirit of God, and thus an untroubled mind is one of life's godliest goals. Many seek peace by ungodly means, however, pursuing money, success, drugs, or alcohol; but all such roads end in failure and frustration. Contentment has been described as that inner satisfaction that enables us to live in quietness, peace, and contentment. The secret of contentment does not depend on our material possessions; rather, it depends on our spiritual awareness and the appropriation of what we possess by being members of the heavenly family through salvation in Christ!

Miss Havergal was known as the "consecration poet", her entire life characterized by simple faith and spiritual saintliness. In spite of frail health, she lived an active life until her death at the age of 43. On her tombstone was the Scripture verse she claimed as her own: The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth us from all sin. I John 1:7. She wrote many beautifully phrased hymn texts, including "Take My Life and Let It Be", I Gave My Life for Thee", and "Who is on the LORD's Side?". The music to "Like a River Glorious" was composed by James Mountain, an English Baptist pastor, evangelist, and musician. The hymn first appeared in its present form in the Hymns of Consecration and Faith, published in 1876. The song was titled "Perfect Peace".

These choice words have made this a favorite hymn of many of God's people through the years, especially when called upon to face difficult problems.

Like a river glorious, is Godís perfect peace,
Over all victorious, in its bright increase;
Perfect, yet it floweth, fuller every day,
Perfect, yet it groweth, deeper all the way.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Hidden in the hollow of His blessed hand,
Never foe can follow, never traitor stand;
Not a surge of worry, not a shade of care,
Not a blast of hurry touch the spirit there.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

Every joy or trial falleth from above,
Traced upon our dial by the Sun of Love;
We may trust Him fully all for us to do.
They who trust Him wholly find Him wholly true.
Stayed upon Jehovah, hearts are fully blest
Finding, as He promised, perfect peace and rest.

*For Today*: Psalm 29:11; Isaiah 26:3; John 14:27; Philippians 4:11; Colossians 3:15; James 3:17

Reflect on this statement--"A mind stayed on God produces a sound mind for daily living."

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Taken from Amazing Grace -- 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions © Copyright 1990 by Kenneth W. Osbeck. Published by Kregel Publications, Grand Rapids, MI. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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