Like a River Glorious

Connie Sanchez

Frances Ridley Havergal 1836-1879 studied in Worchester learning many languages including Greek and Hebrew. She was not a prominent but desired to share her religious views in the form of poetry. Her work displayed a passionate love for Jesus and a desire to share the gospel with anyone who would receive it. She wrote the first two lines of this poem using Isaiah 66: 12  For the Lord says this, “Behold I extend peace to her (Jerusalem) like a river, and the glory of the nations like an overflowing stream;” The last line and the music were added later. So next time you are standing at the band of a river be reminded how God’s peace overflows to us.

 Isn’t it interesting that several hymns use a river to describe peace? The most popular of these would be It is Well in the first line, “When peace like a river attendeth my way.”  As I looked at some of those hymns they are taken from scripture.  Take a few minutes to just look up river in your copy of God’s Word and see how often it is used to give an example of peace.

  1. Like a river glorious is God’s perfect peace, Over all victorious, in its bright increase; Perfect, yet it floweth fuller every day, Perfect, yet it groweth deeper all the way.
  • Refrain: 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.
  • 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

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