We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go against this multitude.@2 Chronicles 14:11
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Edith G. Cherry (1872–1897)

Ed­ith G. Cher­ry, cir­ca 1895.

Fin­lan­dia Jean Si­be­li­us, 1899 (🔊 pdf nwc).

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Jean Sibelius (1865–1957)

This hymn has a sad sto­ry as­so­ci­at­ed with it. In Jan­u­a­ry 1956, five mis­sion­ar­ies sang it be­fore en­ter­ing the jun­gles of east­ern Ecua­dor to bring the Gos­pel to the Wao­ra­ni In­di­ans (this tribe is some­times mis­tak­en­ly called the Au­ca, a per­jor­a­tive term mean­ing en­e­my or sav­ag­es).

The mis­sion­ar­ies were Nate Saint, Ed Mc­Cul­ly, Jim El­li­ott, Ro­ger Yo­der­i­an, & Pe­ter Flem­ing. Af­ter the men reached the Wao­ra­ni, the In­di­ans mur­dered them on the Cu­ra­ray Ri­ver.

However, the sto­ry has a hap­py end­ing. Years la­ter, con­tact with the Wao­ra­ni was re-es­tab­lished, and ma­ny came to Christ, in­cludi­ng the kill­ers, which is how first hand de­tails of the mis­sion­ar­ies’ deaths came to light.

One of the best known of the five mar­tyrs was Jim El­liot. A num­ber of his say­ings are still quot­ed (e.g., He is no fool who gives what he can­not keep, to gain what he can­not lose).

Elliot’s wife Elis­a­beth went on to fame as an au­thor and ra­dio broad­cas­ter. Her book Through the Gates of Splen­dor des­cribes the en­coun­ter with the Wao­ra­ni; its ti­tle comes from a line in this hymn.

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.

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.

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.

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 splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors, we rest with Thee, through endless days.