Safe in the arms of Jesus

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
  Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
  Sweetly my soul doth rest.
Hark! ’tis a song of heaven
  Borne in the sweetest voice,
Echoed by saints in spirit,
  Making my heart rejoice.
  Safe in the arms of Jesus,
  Safe on His gentle breast,
There by His love o’ershaded,
    Sweetly my soul doth rest.
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
  Safe from corroding care,
Safe from the world’s temptations,
  Sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
  Free from my doubts and fears;
Only a few more trials,
  Only a few more tears.
Jesus, my heart’s dear Refuge,
  Jesus has died for me;
Firm on the Rock of Ages
  Ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
  Wait till the night is o’er,
Wait till I see the morning
  Break on the golden shore.
Ben Joshua

Calabar, Cross River

While praying this morning, I was asking the Father why did Jesus come to die for me personally. Though I know generally for humanity from sin but I wanted something more concrete that I could telling my children looking directly Into their eyes with conviction and a sense of who holds my hands in this seeming cool war going on around me. I heard Him say 'I AM THE DOOR'. I Rushed to understand the mystery from the Bible in John 10:1-9, my spirit sprung up with this song 'Safe in the arms of Jesus'. I say a very big thank you to the Spirit behind this song and the humble vessel that yielded to the call. For the owners of this site thanks for being the gatekeepers for God's people.

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI, United States

This hymn was written in 1869 in New York City. Reportedly, Mr. Doane brought the music to Mrs. Crosby and asked her to write words for it.

"Let me hear it," she said. The blind woman sat attentively listening while he played his composition on a small organ. When he hand finished Mrs. Crosby told him:

"That says we are safe in the arms of Jesus. Let me see what I can do with it." Half an hour later, she was back with the lyrics as we know them more than 100 years hence. - George Beverly Shea in "Songs that Lift the Heart"


The 2nd 1/2 of the 1st stanza in the original says:

Hark! ’tis the voice of angels,

borne in a song to me.

Over the fields of glory,

over the jasper sea.


The last line of the chorus originally says:

sweetly my soul shall rest


Isuikwuato, Abia State, Nigeria

Thank You Jesus. I know I'm safe in Your hands, come what may.

Frederick Ellis

Columbus, Ohio, United States

When you are discourage and tempted and tossed thinking all is lost there came Jesus with His gentle arms to shelter you and caused you to rest in His peace knowing that it's He that sustained us; always remember the foot print in the sand when you don't see it He carries you on His shoulder so that you would soar like an eagle.


Ibadan, Oyo, Nigeria

I was thinking on the decadence of our generation, particularly how liberalism is eroding Christian values that built up nations. I whispered to the Lord to build up in me passionate hatred for whatever this generation accepts as good but which runs contrary to the teaching of Christ. And while I got to my office praying, this line 'Safe in the Arms of Jesus' flowed into my heart. I searched for it and it ministered greatly to my heart. It is an arsenal against the darts of corruption and immorality of all times.

Surely Jesus is there to see us through whatever tries to corrupt our faith.



Dubai, Karama, United Arab Emirates

Jesus Lord is our Saviour. He loves all of us. When we are in great difficulties and stress or sickness He can only give us relief and take care about each of us. In this earth everything has been created by His plan and so He has a plan for everybody.

Thank You Jesus to be in Your safe hands and show us every day to go ahead with Your plans, not with our plans.

Michael Ihemere

London, United Kingdom

I bless the name of Almight God for His grace upon me. I am truely safe in the arms of His son Jesus. This hymn relieves me of earthly burdens and the pains of heart knowning that I am safe. Thank You Lord.


Sydney, NSW, Australia

Great to be in His Arms day in and day out. Is there any other way to live?

Akinyinka Akinremi

Lagos, Nigeria

Dedicated to the memory of my Dad: Elder JS Akinbola Akinremi, who transited mortality to immortality exactly 3 years ago.

Abayomi Olaopa

Ijeshatedo, Lagos, Nigeria

Indeed, It is safe to be in His Arms every day of our life. I love You, Lord.

Do not consider this as a hymn used during a funeral. Do not wait until you die to enjoy the arms of Jesus when you can enjoy them today. The hymns we sing in the home meetings need not be fully in line with the fellowship in the meeting. Do not be legal. The hymns we select depend fully on whether we have the Spirit or not. If in your daily life you let the Lord make home in you, and if you are being transformed into His image by beholding His glory with unveiled face, then He will lead you. You will sense the nourishing and comforting within. The Lord may give you a hymn. Then you come to the meeting. You may be the first one in the meeting, but you do not need to wait for others. You just begin to sing, "Safe in the arms of Jesus...." As you sing you bring the spiritual atmosphere into the meeting. Those who come later will join the singing and the meeting will begin spontaneously.