March 10, 2021

‘We Rest on Thee’ (Congregational)

We Rest on Thee is about trusting in God and seeing our need of Him as our Saviour. This hymn is full of amazing truths and important reminders for Christians.

It reminds me that God is so much greater than me—He is my shield. I can lean on Him when I’m struggling, and He will hold me fast. It’s encouraging because it says “We rest on thee our shield and our defender. . . .” It reminds us we aren’t alone in our Christian walk. We have our church family to help and care for us.

In the third verse it says, “We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling”. Without Jesus, we are so weak and lost, and this song remind us of that.

My favourite verse is the final one.

We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors we rest with Thee through endless days.

The words and tune are so beautiful. This verse tells us that all glory belongs to God, because He made us and He protects us. The final two lines are an amazing picture of heaven. We will all be able to rest with God and our brothers and sisters in Christ.

Music Video

VERSE 1
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;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go.

VERSE 2
Yes, 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,
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

VERSE 3
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”;
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
“We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go.”

VERSE 4
We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender!
Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors we rest with Thee through endless days;
When passing through the gates of pearly splendour,
Victors we rest with Thee through endless days.

Lyrics: Edith G. Cherry (1872-1897)
Music: ‘FINLANDIA’ composed by Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)
Arrangement: Sol & Carlie Fenne
Lead Vocals: Lydia McConnell
Congregation: David Aird (Gracemount Community Church), Irene Aird (Gracemount Community Church), Cara Mairi Bell (Hope Community Church Barlanark), Cristi Black (Merkinch Free Church), Davey Ballam (Niddrie Community Church), Markie Bruce (Merkinch Free Church), Pete Bell (Hope Community Church Barlanark), Stephen Crenshaw (Victory Baptist Church), Natasha Davidson (Niddrie Community Church), Emily Green (Hope Church Bingham), Claire Hall (Merkinch Free Church), Natalie Hansen (The Heights Church), Marci Haydon (Redeemer Fellowship Bardstown), Anna MacRae (Niddrie Community Church), Miriam McConnell (Niddrie Community Church), Kayleigh Milligan (Niddrie Community Church), Jason Nelson (Niddrie Community Church), Donald Smith (Niddrie Community Church), Fontaine Selway (Gracemount Community Church), Holly Sloan (Redeemer Fellowship Bardstown), Mark Selway (Gracemount Community Church), Pete Stewart (Hope Community Church Barlanark), Judy Votaw (Redeemer Fellowship Bardstown)
  • Lydia McConnell
    Lydia McConnell is 18, a student in high school, and will be starting Uni in September to study forensic science. She's been a member of Niddrie Community Church for two years.Read All by Lydia McConnell ›