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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John Ikorat

Mukono, Central, Uganda

Praise the Lord. This hymn brings back my hope in Christ Jesus with its soul soothing lyrics. The Lord has done so much for me and my family. May his holy name be Praised.


Adedamola Adedotun

Ileifd, Osun, Nigeria

God is faithful.


Emerem

Aba, State, Nigeria

Indeed God is faithful


Care Prudentia

Nairobi, Kenya

In my primary school we used sing hymns every morning but I never got the revelation. Now I count my blessings, one being in that school and taught how to sing hymns. Glory to God Almighty. I am so blessed right now singing in my night watch, hallelujah!!!


Josephine Ughegbe

Lagos State, Nigeria

Hmmmmm. This is not just a song but a revelation and vision. The lyrics sooths my nerves all the time.... 😁😀.


Bariadoora Wiwa

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Praise the Lord. This song inspired me so much this morning. When I was praying counting all that the Lord had done for me.


Maggy Praise

Nairobi, Kericho, Kenya

Praise be to God this song as really changed my life thanking God counting our blessings.


Thapelo Monyeke Wa Ha Chere

Vereeniging, Gauteng, South Africa

Appreciation is the greatest compliment, I thank you Jehovah for all your blessings especially for sparing me to serve You.


Arimze

Enugu, Nigeria

We got to church this morning were anticipating the praise session but this not so good news came but God lifted us up through the praise session and this song was sooooo timely. Thank you LORD JESUS


Emmanuel Oke

Lagos, Nigeria

The Lord through the Hymn, "Count your blessings" moved my church into the realm of thanksgiving this morning; it was an awesome moment. Hallelujah!

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.