A HYMN FOR TODAY – A Foretaste of Your Rest


A Foretaste of Your Rest

Gracious Father, Friend divine,
Consolation of the blessed,
You have touched this day of mine
With a foretaste of Your rest.
Though tomorrow care may come,
Trial arise and grief ensue,
Now I thank You for the time
I have spent in joy with You.

Should this hour of rest depart
And the joy it brings me cease,
I will bear it in my heart
As a promise of Your peace.
When I strain beneath new woe
Or contend with future sin,
From this moment I may know
You will bless my life again.

Father, though I cannot see
How my path will end below,
Still I know You wait for me
Where my heart has longed to go.
When my body cannot stand,
Take my spirit to Your breast;
With a father’s gentle hands,
Bear my soul to Sabbath rest. – M.W. Bassford, 2003

Tune: COPELAND – Matthew L. Harber, 2003

#374 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012

A FORETASTE OF YOUR REST thanks God for the times of peace that sometimes appear in our lives. Those moments promise both that God will also be with us in tumultuous times, and that He will give us final rest in Heaven. (Isaiah 26:3; Hebrews 4:7-10)

A HYMN FOR TODAY – Savior, Again To Thy Dear Name We Raise


Savior, again to Thy dear name we raise
With one accord our parting hymn of praise;
We stand to bless Thee ere our worship cease,
Then, lowly kneeling, wait Thy word of peace.

Grant us Thy peace upon our homeward way;
With Thee began, with Thee shall end the day.
Guard thou the lips from sin, the hearts from shame,
That in this house have called upon Thy name.

Grant us Thy peace, Lord, through the coming night;
Turn Thou for us its darkness into light;
From harm and danger keep Thy children free,
For dark and light are both alike to Thee.

Grant us Thy peace throughout our earthly life,
Peace to Thy church from error and from strife,
Peace to our land, the fruit of truth and love,
Peace in each heart, Thy Spirit from above.

Thy peace in life, the balm of every pain;
Thy peace in death, the hope to rise again;
Then, when Thy voice shall bid our conflict cease,
Call us, O Lord, to Thine eternal peace. – John Ellerton, 1868

Tune: ELLERS – Edward J. Hopkins, 1869

#475 in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, 2012