Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
  Leaning, leaning,
Safe and secure from all alarms;
  Leaning, leaning,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms.
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O how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
O how bright the path grows from day to day,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
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What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
I have peace complete with my Lord so near,
  Leaning on the Everlasting Arms!
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IrisCrystal Seok

South Korea

When I migrated to a foreign country many years ago, right after moving into a rental apartment upon arrival in that country, I came to realize that under the circumstance of the urgent need for finding out a place to stay, without any necessary information on that locality altogether, I myself had made a mistake of sign up for one year’s lease contract on the wrong place like a foreigner trap. People around me there told me that in their consideration of my case, my moving out from that wrong place appeared to be almost impossible and the only option for me to possibly take would be just enduring the situation until the end of the lease contract, which seemed to continually bring in much trouble in the home living before the Lord.

Then, one morning when I woke up, I found myself with this very hymn springing from my heart. Listening to and singing together this hymn from my heart at that time, I could be reminded of and reassured by the Lord’s trustworthy leading for each specific arrangement in the future steps, whatever the outward situation may be and people may say.

This hymn reminds me of His everlasting arms we can lean on as the protection in our daily pilgrim living here and the very fellowship, into which we were called (1Cor. 1:9) and which is supposed to take us in mutual dwelling (Dt. 33:27, Ps.90:1, 91:1~2, 9, Jn.15:4) and in mutual serving and enjoyment (Jn.12:26, Lk. 17:7~10, Ezk.44:15, Rev. 3:20, Lk.12:37) in His grace and mercy. We thank You and praise You, Lord, for Your amazing love for us (Rom. 8:32), which constrains us to live to You (2Cor. 5:14) and leads us into another realm here below for more than conjurers (Rom. 8:37) in You and You only.


Andrew Craig

Glasgow, East Dunbartonshire, United Kingdom

Thank you Steve Miller.

I have been looking into the history of this hymn to give a short 5 mins talk on it then sing it at a Lunch Club I go to tomorrow and while I found some information on its history I wondered what the bad news was that prompted the originator A.J. Showalter to think along these lines and you have answered the question in my mind "That he had heard from two former students who had both lost their wives on the same day".

I will add this to my notes.

Thank you once more!

May the Lord bless you.


Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

One afternoon in 1887, music teacher A. J. Showalter dismissed his class and returned to his rooming house in Hartsville, Alabama. There he found letters from 2 former students, each with a similar story. Both of them had lost their wives, and both wives had died on the same day. Showalter began writing letters of condolence. The Scripture that came to mind was Deuteronomy 33:26-27, the assurance of God's "everlasting arms" supporting us.

Then he wrote a 3rd letter, to Elisha Hoffman, a hymnwriter in Pennsylvania. Showalter suggested that Hoffman write a hymn on that theme. He even suggested the wording of the chorus. Hoffman responded quickly with 3 stanzas and Showalter supplied the music. - Great Songs of Faith by Brown & Norton

It seems this hymn was produced by a life caring for others, having the living word including the riches of the Old Testament, and fellowship.


Tom

Central Georgia, United States

This hymn takes me back to East Griffin Holiness Church. I still get chills listening to it. Thank God.


R. M. Campbell II

Valrico, Florida, United States

Rest Eternal, Senator McGovern, You have indeed rested in the Everlasting Arms of the Lord you served, both in your personal life and as servant of America. May we follow your example. May it be so.

Rmc II

"Leaning on the Everlasting Arms."


Rain

His arms have lifted me up.


Llyn Wheeler

Kentwood, MI, United States

Such a peace dwells in our hearts when our hope is in the Lord! In His everlasting Arms, we can hear love's sweet chords.


Amy

Midwest US

My favoite hymn of all times!!! Those Arms have lifted me and sustained me through both times of blessings and difficulties--Those Arms will carry me over the River Jordan someday and set me down in the Promised Land--All Praise to His Name!!!


Boaz Leong

Manila, Philippines

Thank the Lord that He's reliable, Someone we can lean on!


charles harewood

Bridgetown, Barbados

I love this song because it brings hope and inspiration to my soul. It is comforting to know that there is someone whose arms you can lean on when faced with the trials and tribulations of this life.