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Our tenant had this song up on her facebook page the other day, I was having a rather rough day and it lifted my spirits a bit. I thought perhaps Will Your Anchor Hold might lift yours as well during this time of 2020 Covid-19 pandemic.
Lyrics to Will your anchor hold
Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,
when the clouds unfold their wings of strife?
When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,
will your anchor drift, or firm remain?
We have an anchor that keeps the soul
steadfast and sure while the billows roll;
fastened to the Rock which cannot move,
grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love!
Will your anchor hold in the straits of fear,
when the breakers roar and the reef is near?
While the surges rage, and the wild winds blow,
shall the angry waves then your bark o’erflow?
Will your anchor hold in the floods of death,
when the waters cold chill your latest breath?
On the rising tide you can never fail,
while your anchor holds within the veil.
Will your eyes behold through the morning light
the city of gold and the harbour bright?
Will you anchor safe by the heavenly shore,
when life’s storms are past for evermore?
Author and History
Priscilla Owens of Baltimore, Maryland is the author of this song. Most of the 230 songs Ms. Owens wrote were for children and youth. It makes sense since she not only taught as a schoolteacher, but also served as a Sunday School teacher. Her church was the Union Square Methodist Episcopal Church. There is a touching story about the effect of this song at Wordwise Hymns.
Did you know this song was based on Heb.6:19? That verse reads “We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain”.
I enjoyed listening to those little boys sing this song, when they finished I wondered if those boys knew well that anchor that we have. Do they feel grounded and secure?
You know what an anchor does right? It holds a boat securely. You drop it down to the bottom of the water bed, and the boat stays right with the anchor. The only time it doesn’t is when the anchor rope breaks.
So Christ is that anchor. He is the one the holds us securely. But unlike the ships’ anchor, there is no rope or chain to break. His hold on us is secure through and through.