When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed

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When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed,
When you are discouraged, thinking all is lost,
Count your many blessings name them one by one,
And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
  Count your blessings, name them one by one;
Count your blessings, see what God hath done;
Count your blessings, name them one by one,
    And it will surprise you what the Lord hath done.
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Are you ever burdened with a load of care?
Does the cross seem heavy you are called to bear?
Count your many blessings, every doubt will fly,
And you will be singing as the days go by.
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When you look at others with their lands and gold,
Think that Christ has promised you His wealth untold.
Count your many blessings, money cannot buy
Your reward in heaven, nor your Lord on high.
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So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
Do not be discouraged, God is over all;
Count your many blessings, angels will attend,
Help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.
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Dekou Noah

Lagos, Lagos State, Nigeria

The Lord is good all the time. Thank You Lord.


Joachim Adeyemi

Ketu, Lagos, Nigeria

Thank You Lord Jesus Christ for Your Holy Spirit that placed this song on my mind this morning. In the midst of all seemingly bleak situations, thank You for making me see like our Blessed Virgin Mother Mary, that I am blessed indeed. Thank You indeed O Lord Jesus Christ.


Lerla Joseph

Richmond, VA, United States

Thank You Lord Jesus for the Holy Spirit who placed this song in my heart this morning. No matter how bleak the circumstance, there is always a blessing or two or many to thank GOD for. Hallelujah!!!


Yinka Kilanko

Ikeja, Lagos, Nigeria

A soul lifting song indeed.


Florence Aderonke

Lagos, Nigeria

This is one of my favorite hymns. I can't count all my blessings because God has indeed been faithful. Today is my 30th birthday, how much blessings can I count. I will forever be grateful for all He has done.


Nzanbeni

Madgaon, Goa, India

Thank You Jesus for the countless blessings You have bestowed upon me and my family.


Darlene

Baguio City, Philippines

This is one of my favorite hymns...and I thank the Lord for His bountiful blessings...indeed a great encouragement in times of pain and sadness...it shows how great is God's love for His people...very meaningful song...I love it...


Lusale Simbao

Luanshya, Copperbelt, Zambia

Once again after 3 years am back to comment on this song. The Lord has allowed me to enter 2017. What a blessing. This song as I mentioned last time encourages me so much. It helps me defeat the devil as I start to count the many blessings the Lord has given me. The devil has been reminding me of how I have been struggling to build my personal house but that cannot be compared to the other blessings the Lord has given me for example I never ever remember being sick. Praise God. I have over 1000 small boys and girls I share fellowship with and are very close to me. What a blessing. I have a wonderful family and a good job. As the song goes they are too many to mention.


Precioushauwwy

Abuja, Nigeria

Thanking God for the gift of life, for the noiseless triumphs. For the stressless breakthroughs. For All His bountiful mercies and plentiful harvest and immeasurable compassion. Finally for being among the ransomed souls...


Lydia Aromolaran

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Less than 40 hours to my forty & fabulous birthday on 01-10-17. I am thankful for this new chapter in my life Reflecting on a powerful year 2016 filled with tremendous breakthroughs, new opportunities new ideas, new connections both local and international that have allowed me to be a blessing to women and youths. Now, I am excited to see what this new decade has prepared for me. Join me to celebrate.

In the Old Testament the basic thought with respect to blessing is that of bringing people into God's presence. But in the New Testament the Apostle, coming with God, not only brought people into the presence of God; he also brought God into them. There is a great difference between the Old Testament pattern of blessing by the priests and the New Testament pattern of blessing by the Apostle. The New Testament blessing is much higher and deeper. On the one hand, to bless others is to bring them into the presence of God; on the other hand, it is to bring God into them as love, grace, and fellowship.

All Christians are familiar with the word blessing. One hymn even says, "Count your blessings, name them one by one." Undoubtedly, the concept of blessing expressed in this hymn is that blessing is a matter of being given a good wife, children, education, promotions, houses, and cars. According to this hymn, these are the blessings we should count one by one. More than thirty-five years ago, I sang this hymn during the last few hours of the year. I would gather some together and say, "Let us count the blessings of this past year, one by one." But the blessing according to the pure Word is much different from this. According to the Old Testament pattern of the blessing by the priest and the New Testament pattern of blessing by the Apostle, the proper blessing is to bring people into the presence of God and to bring God into them as grace, love, and fellowship that they may enjoy the Triune God, the Father, the Son, and the Spirit. Hence, blessing is a matter of enjoying the Triune God.