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Friday, February 7, 2014

"Master, the Tempest is Raging!"

One of my favorite musical numbers in the October 2013 General Conference was the Mormon Tabernacle Choir's performance of what is maybe a lesser-sung hymn, "Master, the Tempest is Raging!" My experience with discouragement makes this hymn personal to me. The setting is from Matthew 8:23-27:
And when he was entered into a ship, his disciples followed him. And, behold, there arose a great tempest in the sea, insomuch that the ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep. And his disciples came to him, and awoke him, saying, Lord, save us: we perish. And he saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then he arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey him!
The beautiful chorus shows Jesus' assurance that with His help, we can be calm and overcome any tempests in our life.

The winds and the waves shall obey thy will:
Peace, be still.
Whether the wrath of the storm-tossed sea
Or demons or men or whatever it be,
No waters can swallow the ship where lies
The Master of ocean and earth and skies.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, be still; peace, be still.
They all shall sweetly obey thy will:
Peace, peace, be still.

I know that Jesus Christ is far more powerful than Satan will ever be. Through His Atonement, we will overcome all challenges if we follow His commandments, just as Joseph Smith and Jesus' Apostles did.

1 comment:

  1. Why do you think the storm has to rage in the first place Elder Young?