Scripture Verse

He was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, Lord, save me! Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. You of little faith, He said, why did you doubt? Matthew 14:29–31

Introduction

portrait
Avis M. Christiansen
(1895–1985)

Words: Av­is M. Chris­tian­sen, 1916.

Music: Hal­dor Lil­le­nas (🔊 pdf nwc).

Lillenas orig­in­al­ly wrote the tune for a song by Al­fred Barrett, Let It Be You and I. The tune made its way to Ar­thur McKee, but Mc­Kee didn’t care for the lyr­ics, & asked Chris­tian­sen to try her hand at writ­ing new words. The re­sult was pub­lished in 1916 in Ta­ber­na­cle Prais­es (ed­it­ed by McKee). Lil­le­nas was­n’t happy about the change in lyr­ics, but ev­en­tu­al­ly ac­cept­ed them when the song be­came pop­u­lar.

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Christ Walks on Water
Ivan Aivazovsky, 1888

Lyrics

Out of the depths to the glory above,
I have been lifted in wonderful love;
From every fetter my spirit is free,
For Jesus has lifted me!

Refrain

Jesus has lifted me!
Jesus has lifted me!
Out of the night into glorious light,
Yes, Jesus has lifted me!

Out of the world into heavenly rest,
Into the land of the ransomed and blessed,
There in the glory with Him I shall be,
For Jesus has lifted me!

Refrain

Out of myself into Him I adore,
There to hide in His love evermore;
Through endless ages His glory to see,
My Jesus has lifted me!

Refrain