It Is Well (Hymn)
Introduction

Introduction
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Intro

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Verse 1

Db Bbm Gb Ab Db
When   peace like a   river at ten -   deth my   way
Ab/C Bbm Gb Absus Ab
When   sorrows like   sea billows   roll           
Db Gb Ebmaj Ab
What ever my l ot Thou hast   taught me to   say
Gb Db/F Gb Ab Db Dbsus Db
It   is    well it  is    well    with my   soul                       

Chorus 1

Gb Ab Db Dbsus Db
It is well       with   my so ul                       
Db/F Gb
It   is            well
Absus Ab Db
It is   well     with  my    soul

Verse 2

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My   sin oh the   bliss of this   glo -   rious   thought
Ab/C Bbm Gb Ab
My       sin not in   part but the   whole
Db Gb Ebmaj Ab
Was   nailed to the   cross and I   bear it no   more
Gb Db/F Gb Ab Db Dbsus Db
Praise   the      Lord praise the   Lord  oh my  soul                       

Chorus 1

Gb Ab Db Dbsus Db
It is well       with   my so ul                       
Db/F Gb
It   is            well
Absus Ab (Db)
It is   well     with  my    soul

Turn

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Verse 3

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  For   me be it   Christ be it   Christ   hence to   live
Ab/C Bbm Gb Ab
  If       Jordan a bove me shall   roll
Db Db/F Gb Ebmaj Ab
  No   pang shall   be       mine for in   death as in   life
Gb Db/F Gb Ab Db Dbsus Db
  Thou   wilt    whisper Thy   peace    to my   soul                       

Chorus 2

Db/F Gb Db
It   is well        with my   soul
Db/F Ebm Bbm
I   will      say to my   soul

Bridge

Ab Gb Db
Bless the Lo rd      oh my so ul
Gb Db
Bless the Lo rd      oh my so ul
Db/F Gb Db
Bless   the Lo rd      oh my so ul
Gb Ebm Db Dbsus Db
It is w ell   it is   well with my so ul                            

Verse 4

Db Bbm Gb Ab Db
And   Lord haste the   day when my   faith   shall be   sight
Ab/C Bbm Gb Ab
The     clouds be rolled   back as a   scroll
Db Gb Ebmaj Ab
The   trump shall re sound and the   Lord shall de scend
Gb Db/F Gb Ab Db
E ven    so   it is   well    with my   soul

Devotional

It Is Well (Bless the Lord)

Yes, and I will rejoice,  for I know that through your prayers and the help of the Spirit of Jesus Christ this will turn out for my deliverance,  as it is my eager expectation and hope that I will not be at all ashamed, but that with full courage now as always Christ will be honored in my body, whether by life or by death.  For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain. (Philippians 1:18–21)

In 1873, a man received a message from his wife, who had sailed with their four daughters to Europe, where he had planned to meet them soon. The note read, “Saved alone…” She and the girls had been in a terrible collision at sea and their ship had gone down. All four daughters died. It was just the latest awful news in three horrifying years for the family. They had lost their son in 1870, then a massive fire ruined them financially the next year, all before the horrors of the accident at sea.

The man was Horatio Spafford, and as he crossed the sea to meet his grieving wife, he penned the words, When peace, like a river, attendeth my way / When sorrows like sea billows roll / Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say / It is well, it is well with my soul.” It is well? What could anchor the mind and heart of a man in tragedies like these, and free him to sing, “well,” when everything he had was lost?

The Hopes in Spafford’s Hymn

The key to suffering well, at least for Horatio Spafford, was Christ. This father had met, and loved, and enjoyed, and worshipped the man, his Savior, Jesus Christ. And that love was able to carry him across the most violent waves of life. He knew the heart of Philippians 1:21, where Paul — a man who suffered more than most — wrote, “For me to live is Christ, and to die is gain.”

This Christ, the Son of God, humbled himself to become a flesh-and-bones man, like you or me (Philippians 2:7). And being a man — an innocent, sinless man — he humbled himself further to die a sinner’s death in our place on a cross (Philippians 2:8). He shed his own blood for my soul. His broken body and poured out blood paid the debt for my crimes. In the sacrifice of Jesus, my sin — not in part, but the whole — is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more.

Now, the last note in every loss is joy, because nothing — no news, no one, no event, no loss — can take Christ and his love from me. Not even death. When I close these eyes for the very last time, that moment of greatest, deepest loss will be, “Gain.” And Lord haste the day when my faith shall be sight. We can have peace, and faith, and even joy when we lose everything, because we never lose everything. Regardless of what happens here on this earth, we’ll spend eternity enjoying the God who became like us, gave his life for us, and rescued us from our sin.

It Is Well

God has given us a merciful gift in music authored in the midst of great tragedy. A song often has the power to express comfort and pain when words alone feel empty. Again and again, “It Is Well” has met and carried saints through the worst kinds of suffering, reminding us of the deep, abiding, sovereign Well at the bottom of our joy and life.

Have you known that kind of peace in the midst of chaos in your life? Have you felt God’s love when you’ve walked through a tragedy? Is there something big and strong and comforting at the bottom of your responses to discouragement, disappointment, and loss?

In Christ, it can be well for you whatever the circumstance. He died for you. He sympathizes with your pain. He stays with you. And he promises to deliver you to himself, where he will forever guard you perfectly from sin, death, suffering, and grief.