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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Marjorie Easton

Halifax, West Yorkshire, United Kingdom

Such an encouraging song.


Esther

The song is so encouraging.


Edosa

Benin, Edo, Nigeria

This song to me is a comfort zone. I smiled out my worries when I sang the last paragraph of the hymn. What a song at the right moment. I am hopeful in Christ Jesus.


Elnukoya

Osun State, Nigeria

This song came to me this morning and brought with it so much relief.


Omodele Olayinka

Lagos, Lekki, Ajah, Nigeria

All the verses in the song carried meaningful weight that anytime I listen to it, it always reassures me of where God is taking me. My God is over all, I’ll not be discouraged, bcoz help and comfort, He’ll give me to the end: WHAT A PROMISE!


Henshaw

Lagos, Nigeria

Thank You Jesus Christ for You are always around my family even at all odds. This song is awesome and always give me hope.


Colombo Glago

Accra, Bibiani, Ghana

This song is a blessing to me and my family. We love to sing it every morning before we go out in search for our daily bread. And we never lack, for Yahweh is our provider. You can also try it.


John.e

Dubai

Praise the Lord! This song is a great blessing.


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.

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.