Verse 4 of “It is Well”
4. And, Lord, haste the day when my faith shall be sight,
the clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
the trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
even so, it is well with my soul.
Verse 4 of “How Great Thou Art”
4. When Christ shall come with shout of acclamation
And take me home- what joy shall fill my heart!
Then I shall bow in humble adoration
And there proclaim, my God, how great thou art!
Maybe you’re like me and you too grew up in church singing these great hymns. I will always remember the worship leader, Mr. Roland, saying, “Now let’s lift the rafters of the church.” For a second I thought we had a rafting team I didn’t know about, but instead everyone knew what he meant; “Sing it, shout it, loud and long…”
Either way, these songs were not just to sing, shout, or be loud, they were also meant to teach and educate the congregation on matters of theological importance. Historically in most hymns, verse 4 is where we learn about the return of Christ. So if we were to take this principle and look just at these two hymns, what do we learn about the Second Coming?