I have heard “It is Well” by Bethel Music four times this past week. FOUR.
For anyone that hasn’t heard this incredibly powerful worship ballad, copy and paste this link here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Txg5nOIZYO8&list=RDTxg5nOIZYO8#t=11
This song combines lyrics from the traditional hymn “It is Well With My Soul” along with Bethel’s original lyrics. Curious as to how the hymn was created, I researched the songwriter…what I discovered was truly moving. The song was composed by Horatio Spafford in 1873. He had recently suffered the tragic deaths of his five children, and was traveling to comfort his grieving wife Anna, when He wrote the lyrics that would come to touch millions of lives for over 140 years. He had recently lost his only son and four daughters, and YET he still had the faith to write
“When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.”
Wow. Talk about a beautiful relationship with Jesus. He chose praise over grief, and invited God to overwhelm his own earthly, broken hearted soul. How often do we sit and admire Jesus’ faithfulness in the midst of our earthly hardships? Do we have enough blind faith to truly praise God every single day, and invite Him to engage us with His presence?
Today, all I could meditate upon was this single line, “It is well with my soul.” And I marveled at how transforming this truth truly becomes when one takes the time to consider its power. I closed my eyes and allowed myself to become transfixed by God’s presence summoned by this invitation. It is WELL. It is WELL.
How faithful is He who has given everything for His beloved. How wonderful is He who wipes our tears and hears our cries. How wonderful is He who has walked through sufferings and still lived a blameless life unadulterated by sin. How beautiful is His creation, that even the trees seem to reach for His wonder.
I invite you to join me in reciting this truth every single day, without fail. Not because it’s always going to be easy to follow Jesus. Not because you will always feel “well” by whispering this song. But because the line “it is well with my soul” serves as an invitation to invite God’s presence to permeate our lives, and wreck our souls. It serves as a reminder of the impeccable Jesus that we so humbly serve.
It is well.
“My mouth is filled with your praise, declaring your splendor all day long.” Psalm 71:8