Sunday, May 25, 2008

I feel the winds of god

"...put a fresh wind in my sails."
Psalm 51:12 ~ The Message

We sang a beautiful old hymn in church last which was new to me.

It sounded so Celtic...and somehow made me feel like I was down by the sea on the east coast.

I did a little research...and found it is one of the great old maritime hymns...and is also on albums by Phil Keaggy and Steve Bell.

As you read the lyrics below...imagine a few fiddles for accompaniment.

But mostly...hear the words!

I Feel the Winds of God
~lyrics by Jesse Adams 1906

I feel the winds of God today
Today my sail I lift
Though heavy, oft with drenching spray
And torn with many a rift

If hope but light the water's crest
And Christ my bark will use
I'll seek the seas at His behest
And brave another cruise

It is the wind of God that dries
My vain regretful tears
Until with braver thoughts shall rise
The purer, brighter years

If cast on shores of selfish ease
Or pleasure I should be
Lord, let me feel Thy freshening breeze
And I'll put back to sea

If ever I forget Thy love
And how that love was shown
Lift high the blood red flag above
It bears Thy Name alone

Great Pilot of my onward way
Thou wilt not let me drift
I feel the winds of God today
Today my sail I lift


  1. Hi Judy, I could almost hear fiddles or bagpipes off in the distance, behind the words to this song! It is beautiful, and a good way to start off Sunday morning. Thank you. You are such an inspiration. Dairymary

  2. I have never heard the song but the words are simply beautiful. Wonderful post Judy.

  3. That was just lovely, and incredibly moving. I am not familiar with it either.

    Thank you for sharing.

  4. Judy, I've never heard that's wonderful and so appropriate for the Eastern Seaboard as you say. The words are themselves refreshing...I'll have to go looking for this one. If I find it, I'll let you know.

  5. What a beautiful hymn. I have never heard it, but I'm going to see if I can find the tune on the internet.

  6. Thank-you for your hospitality.
    It's always so wonderful to get together and wonder what happened to the time.
    Have a wonderful week.

  7. What a lovely picture. We sing this hymn quite regularly and the hymn tune, Kingsfold, is very versatile - there are many, many sets of words which go to it. In fact, last week I sent out a fake April 1st playlist where all the hymns - except All Glory Laud and Honour were set to Kingsfold. :-)

  8. Old school song in Jamaica back in the 60s and 70s.


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