Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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.
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!
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!
Ogedengbe Nathaniel

Akure, Ondo, Nigeria

What have I to dread!!

What have I to fear!!!

Leaning on the everlasting arms.

I woke up with a the thought of this song this morning, after I searched for the lyrics I come out to say this is not just another song but a message of hope and comfort to a weary soul.

Last night I decided to separate myself by moving to the adjoining room in my apartment, away from my wife and children in order to have a fellowship with the Lord, as I woke up this morning this song came ringing in my heart and I have been singing it since then. What a fellowship, what a joy divine. The fear of death is gone when I sang this song alleluyah.


Nairobi, Kenya

What have you to dread, what have you to fear! Nothing at all! His arms are a safe haven. He will never let you down. He will love you to your last breath...and through all eternity...lean on the everlasting arms....you are safe and secure from all alarms...in His arms.

Frank Alcamo

Oceanside, NY, United States

May God help us to live the Words of this beautiful Hymn. It really means something to take these words seriously. God help us to live a God glorifying life in Christ Jesus our Lord.


San Antonio, Texas, United States

Blessed are His hands

For they give everlasting life

We serve a Living God

Let it be known to the mountaintop

Everlasting peace

Let it be known to man

Those who seek His salvation are blessed

For He is.

Dorcas T. Adesanya

London, England, United Kingdom

Happy New Year!!! May we lean on the everlasting arms of God throughout this year and beyond in Jesus mighty name. I pray that the peace of God will be our portion with God so near us this year in Jesus name. Thanks for uploading this song and God bless you all. Peace!!!

Dorcas T. Adesanya

London, England, United Kingdom

Praise the Lord!!! Oh how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way. More grace oh Lord to continue to rest on the everlasting arms of God in Jesus Name Amen. Thank God for the complete peace of God with my Lord so near. Thank you for uploading this song and God bless you all. Shalom!!!

Dorcas T.Adesanya

London, England, United Kingdom

Oh Lord help us to continue to rest on the everlasting arms of God in Jesus Name Amen. Thanks for uploading this song and God bless you all. Shalom!!!

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 signing up one year’s lease contract on the wrong place which was arranged like a trap for a naive foreigner. 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 take would be just to suffer from 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 listening to this very hymn springing from my heart. Listening to and singing together this hymn gushing up from my heart at that time, I could be reminded of and be reassured by the Lord’s trustworthy leading with 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. 5:14-15) and leads us into another realm for our being more than conjurers (Rom. 8:37) here below 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.