HE HIDETH MY SOUL written in 1890
As a blind person, Fanny Crosby (1820-1915) faced daily insecurity, which is why she found so much comfort in the book of Psalms… and why so many of her hymns point to the security we have in God.
This gospel song was one of her favorites… and she wrote more than 8,500 hymns! Like David in the wilderness, she sometimes felt alone and vulnerable. In the words of Scripture, she prayed, “Hide me”, and she found joy in Psalm 32:7, which says, “You are my hiding place”.
But, the verse that inspired this song is actually from the book of Exodus. Seeking to know God was with the Israelites in the wilderness, Moses asked the Lord to show him His presence. God granted Moses’ request and assured him, “I will put you in a cleft in the rock and cover you with My hand” (Ex. 33:22).
In the New Testament, we find Jesus is the cornerstone who was rejected for us, so – we who are Christians – are hidden in the cleft of the Rock. When we consider how the hand of God covers us and shields us from harm, we, too, can join in praise to God: “O glory to God/For such a Redeemer is mine!”
Read this hymn, and – today – find comfort in being tucked away in the care of God.
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, a wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, where rivers of pleasure I see.
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, that shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love, and covers me there with His hand,
and covers me there with His hand.
A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord, He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up and I shall not be moved, He giveth me strength as my day. (Refrain)
With numberless blessings each moment He crowns, and filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God! For such a Redeemer as mine. (Refrain)
When clothed with His brightness transported I rise to meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love, I’ll shout with the millions on high. (Refrain)