We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender;
  We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender.
  We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
Yea, in Thy Name, O Captain of salvation!
  In Thy dear Name, all other names above;
Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
  Our Prince of glory and our King of love.
We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
  And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing;
  We rest on Thee, and in Thy Name we go.
We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender:
  Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise
When reigning in the Kingdom of Thy splendor;
  Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
Donald Kinnie

White Rock, BC, Canada

This song was sung at my graduation from Bible College in 1966 - 52 years ago. The Lord brought it to my mind today from somewhere deep within my memory. So I looked it up online. Now retired from the ministry these words still move me deeply.

Ron Rogalski

Santa Ana, California, United States

This hymn, sung by Jim Elliot, Nate Saint, Pete Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Ed McCully on the night before they were killed in the jungles of Ecuador, is a part of the musical, AT ANY COST.

Lloyd Daniels

Lydney, Glos.

This incident (Mid Century Martyrs was the title of the original film) had a great impact on me as a young Christian in my late teens. It influenced my interest and involvement in missionary work. I praise God for that and for the opportunity to be arranging currently for the stage version "Reckless Abandon" to be hosted at my church in Bream, Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire on Monday 11th June this year. We shall be singing this hymn then - and possibly before that too!


I wasn't around 60 years ago. The movie you're talking about, was that about the missionaries or about Eric Liddell? For the former, I was only aware of "Tte End of the Spear". For the latter, "Chariots of Fire."

Toyin Diyan

London, United Kingdom

Hallelujah they followed in the steps of their Saviour - I refer to the story of the missionaries who were murdered for the sake of the gospel. Literally without the shedding of blood man cannot be saved. Lord Jesus we praise You for Your precious death and the death of all the saints You gave their lives to bring others to faith. Lord these things are Your doing and they are marvelous in our eyes! Thank You Saviour God. Amen

Joan Dennis

West Midlands, United Kingdom

I too saw the film when I was 12 years old. I am 73 years old now and I still remember the amazing words. What an awesome God we serve. And one day we shall see them.


Yes, what helpful and wonderful words. I think this was a favourite of Eric Liddell's too.


Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

Saw the film they made of this when I was a teenager and it had such an impact on me that at the great age of 69 I still remembered the lyrics of the first verse. Having just heard Finlandia on Classic Radio I decided to google the first line and found the story again. Now I've got to find the book!


Talent, OR, United States

Thank you. Nice having acccess to lyrics without using gigs for youtube.😌

Steve Miller

Detroit, MI

The power of this hymn is evident in the following story. In 1956, 5 missionaries in Ecuador tried to reach a warlike tribe in the jungles of South America. No one had been able to reach this tribe without being murdered. These men desired to make contact with these people in order to bring them the gospel. As 10 men from the tribe approached them on a secluded beach, they sang this song together. A day later, the 5 missionaries were all murdered. Less than 2 years later, Elisabeth Elliot, widow of one of the murdered missionaries, and Rachel Saint, sister of another murdered missionary, were able to live with this same tribe and bring them the gospel. Elisabeth Elliot later wrote the book "Through the Gates of Splendor", which documents the life and death of her missionary husband, Jim Elliot. The title for this book came from the original 4th stanza, 3rd line of this song. - Songs of the Spirit by Martin


The original 3rd line of the 4th stanza says:

When passing through the gates of pearly splendor