Under His Wings

I liked this hymn the first time I heard it. There is a sense of freedom and security both in the lyrics and in the melody.

The author of this hymn, William Orcutt Cushing, born in 1823, was a Christian pastor in New York. His wife died, and later, he had severe problems with his voice. He was forced out of the pastorate.

He asked God for a way to serve Him and turned to hymn writing. William wrote more than 300 hymns in this lifetime.

Lyrics: William O. Cushing
Music: Ira D. Sankey

Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.

Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.

Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.

Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.

In the Revival Hymns and Choruses, it has been renamed to:

Under the Care of My God, The Almighty

Lyrics: based on Psalm 91, United Presbyterian Bible Songs Hymnal, 1927
Music: Ira Sankey

Under the care of my God, the Almighty,
Safe in the secret place of the Most High!
He is my Refuge, the Lord is my Fortress,
Him I am trusting when trouble is nigh.

Under his wings, under his wings,
Safe in the refuge hide thee;
Trusting his truth and faithfulness,
No evil can betide thee.

Be not afraid for the terror of midnight,
Nor for the arrow that hasteth to slay;
Fear not the pestilence walking in darkness,
Nor the destroyer that wasteth by day.

Seek the Most High for thy sure habitation,
Unto Jehovah for refuge now fly;
There shall no evil befall thee nor harm thee,
Unto thy dwelling no plague shall come nigh.

Love thou the Lord, surely he will deliver;
He will exalt thee and answer thy prayer;
He will be with thee to honor and give thee
Life without end, his salvation to share.

May God help us amidst all the storms and trials of life.

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5 Responses to “Under His Wings”

  1. Elaine says:

    Although all the hymns that were played had an even tempo,I enjoyed listening to them from my laptop as I did my ‘stuff ‘at my workstation.
    Thanks for the sharing.

  2. Stuart Parks says:

    Enjoy listening to all the hymns. Also like to play my guitar along with your piano playing.
    Don’t know who plays the piano, but they do an outstanding job.

  3. Anna says:

    Thank you. I didn’t realise about the name change. That’s helpful.

  4. John says:

    I have been asked by an elderly gentleman in our church to sing this song. He gave me a song book with the song. Our pianist does not transpose and I need the song in lower key. I have software to transpose music. Your download link at the top creates a page and plays the music. How can I download the music to my computer. BTW – the playing is wonderful.

  5. Goldie says:

    Wonderful hymn! You’ve taught our family a large number of hymns through your great piano playing. Thank you for using your talents to bless others in this way.

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