The other day I was looking through my hymnal — playing some old favorites, learning some new hymns. I had never heard this hymn before, but the lyrics really stood out to me. The tune is in 3/4 time and sounds a bit like a lullaby. That’s how I think of this song, as a lullaby written for a care-torn little heart.
More Secure Is No One Ever
by Lina Sandell Berg
(1) More secure is no one ever
than the loved ones of the Savior —
Not yon star on high abiding
Nor the bird in home-nest hiding.
(2) God His own doth tend and nourish,
In His holy courts they flourish;
Like a father kind He spares them,
In His loving arms He bears them.
(3) Neither life nor death can ever
From the Lord His children sever,
For His love and deep compassion
Comforts them in tribulation.
(4) Little flock, to joy then yield thee!
Jacob’s God will ever shield thee;
Rest secure with this Defender —
At His will all foes surrender.
(5) What He takes or what He gives us
Shows the Father’s love so precious;
We may trust His purpose wholly —
‘Tis His children’s welfare soley.
(alternate 5th verse)
Tho’ He giveth or He taketh,
God His children ne’er forsaketh;
His the loving purpose solely
To preserve them pure and holy.