“Morning by morning, O Lord, you hear my voice”
“Peace, Perfect Peace”
(Please read Isaiah 26:3)
One Sunday in August 1875, while vacationing in an English town, Edward H. Bickersteth, a preacher himself, listened to a sermon on our text: “Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee” (KJV). The speaker pointed out that in the Hebrew the phrase was “peace peace,” which had been correctly translated as “perfect peace,” meaning absolute perfection. Peace here meant calmness, serenity, tranquility.
That afternoon Bickersteth visited a dying relative in Liverpool. While there, Bickersteth read from his Bible and began discussing the scripture, our text, which was still fresh in his mind. Then he found a sheet of paper and quickly wrote a new poem which he read to the dying man. Edward Bickersteth’s son wrote years later that hardly a day passed after the poem was published without somebody telling his father how the words had helped him or her.
With music composed by George T. Caldbeck in 1878, the song, “Peace, Perfect Peace,” still appears in hymnbooks and brings peace to many hearts. Here are the five verses originally written:
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin; The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed; To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.
Peace, perfect peace, with sorrows surging round; On Jesus’ bosom naught but calm is found.
Peace, perfect peace, with loved ones far away; In Jesus’ keeping, we are safe, and they.
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown; Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.
We hope these words give you a lift too.