Stand By Me

“When the storm of life is raging, stand by me; when the storms of life are raging, stand by me; when the world is tossing me like a ship upon the sea; thou who rulest wind and water,

STAND BY ME!”

With hurricane season here in full swing, it is a good idea to talk to the Master of the Sea, the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the only one that I know of that can calm these storms. That notable Sea of Galilee became quiet and calm when Jesus of Nazareth spoke to it. Those hurricane force winds laid down at his feet at the sound of his voice. Another songwriter, Austin Miles wrote, “He speaks and the sound of his voice is so sweet the birds hush their singing.”  All Jesus has to do is speak and all nature heeds his commands. He can speak even now and calm these terrible storms across our land.

II Chronicles 7:14 comes to mind again—If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

He, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Savior of the world will hear the voices of prayers. If He hears prayer, and nature hears Him, then mankind ought to ask Him to speak to nature.

That old song “STAND BY ME” was written by Pastor Charles Albert Tindley (July 7, 1851 – July 26, 1933) was an American Methodist minister and gospel music composer. of the renowned AME church of Philadelphia, Bainbridge St. Methodist Episcopal Church. “Tindley’s father was a slave, but his mother was free. Tindley himself was thus considered to be free, but even so he grew up among slaves. After the Civil War, he moved to Philadelphia, where he found employment as a hod carrier (brick carrier). He and his wife Daisy attended the Bainbridge St. Methodist Episcopal Church. Charles later became the sexton, a job with no salary. Never able to go to school, Tindley learned independently and by asking people to tutor him. He enlisted the help of a Philadelphia synagogue on North Broad St. to learn Hebrew and learned Greek by taking a correspondence course through the Boston Theological School.” (Wikipedia) In 1902, he became the pastor of Bainbridge Street Methodist Church after personal education and after the War between the States.” “Tindley was a noted songwriter and composer of gospel hymns and is recognized as one of the founding fathers of American gospel music. Five of his hymns appear in the 1989 United Methodist Hymnal. His composition “I’ll Overcome Someday” is credited by some observers to be the basis for the U.S. Civil Rights anthem “We Shall Overcome,”. Another of his notable hymns is “(Take Your Burden to the Lord and) Leave It There” (1916), which has been included in several hymnals and has been recorded by numerous artists in a variety of styles. Others are “Stand by Me” (1905) and “What Are They Doing in Heaven?” (1901).” (Wikipedia)

In the midst of tribulation,

Stand by me (stand by me);

In the midst of tribulation,

Stand by me (stand by me);

When the hosts of hell assail,

And my strength begins to fail,

Thou Who never lost a battle,

Stand by me (stand by me).

May each of us cry out to the Master, Stand by Me! It is assumed that we will stand by Him.