“All Must Be Well”

Ann Divine, writing in The Worshiping Church: Worship Leaders’ Edition (Carol Stream, IL: Hope, 1991), offered this assessment of the hymn:

“Through the love of God our Savior” is a text of comfort that speaks of the security believers have in Christ. While today’s society tends to expect the “quick fix” in emotional healing, Mary Peters’ hymn acknowledges that Christians will have difficulties (“tribulation”) in life that can produce severe anxiety. She first paints a picture of God’s plan to insulate his people from devastating hopelessness: “Strong the hand stretched out to shield us, all must be well.” The Apostle Paul advised his fellow believers at Philippi: “Do not be anxious for anything. … And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Through his Son, God has provided a constant, faithful protector whose blood heals and whose grace seals believers. And who is their guide? The Holy Spirit, the third person of the Trinity, leads them to spiritual maturity, to holiness of life. … The hymn is appropriate in any service where the emphasis is on the providence of God (p. 610).

TEXT: Mary Bowley Peters, Matthew S. Smith
MUSIC: Matthew S. Smith

Through the love of God our Savior, All will be well
Free and changeless is His favor, All is well
Precious is the blood that healed us
Perfect is the grace that sealed us
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us
All must be well

Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well
Ours is such a full salvation, All is well
Happy still in God confiding
Fruitful if in Christ abiding
Steadfast through the Spirit’s guiding
All must be well

We expect a bright tomorrow, All will be well
Faith can sing through days of sorrow, All is well
On our Father’s love relying
Jesus every need supplying
Yes in living or in dying
All must be well

© 2007 Detuned Radio Music (ASCAP). Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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