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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Hilda Ngisisrei

Nairobi, Kenya

We sang this song on Sunday 2nd December 2018 and it was really blessings to me since I was discouraged and felt like God had forsaken me, but after this particular song was sang I felt God has answered my prayer.


Hon. Yemmy Aramide

Abuja Fct, FCT, Nigeria

After my motor accident 2 times in 2 months. He saved me. Glory to the most high.


Genevieve Rueegger

Accra, Ghana

What is the hymal number of this great song? Very soothing and reassuring.


Nyeche Solomon

Port-Harcourt, Rivers State, Nigeria

In the church the Rv Simon topic was to count your blessings and name them one by one, in first Chronicles 29 where King David thought about where he was coming from to the point of been a king and said for all this blessings from God that I have seen I will build a temple where souls will be win for heaven.


Onovo-Agbo David

Abuja, Federal Capital Territory, Nigeria

Last night, I went to bed with so great a burden in my heart and numberless complaints. But throughout the hours I slept, the Lord repeatedly said to me in still, clear accent: "David, count your blessings and name them one by one. It'd amaze you what great deeds I've done." Then I knew God was whispering His sweet peace to my soul. I woke up, opened this page immediately and sang through the lines rapturously. Believe me, all the cares and anxieties have evaporated. Hallelujah!


Precious

Ph, Riverstate, Nigeria

I really need to know where I can locate this song in the hymnal.


Grace

Benin, Edo, Nigeria

God bless you for this. One of the hymns I grew up with.

Stanza 3, third sentence is.... Count your many blessings WEALTH can never buy, your reward in heaven nor your home on high.


Uchechukwu Maxwell

Abuja, Abia State, Nigeria

This song is like an oasis in the desert, thank You Jesus the Lover of my soul.


Joshua Ibrahim

Gwagwalada, Abuja, Nigeria

Beautiful and inspirational.


Grace Ibeawuchi

Abuja, FCT, Nigeria

Last line of no 3 is

Your reward in heaven, nor your home on high.

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.