Peace, Perfect Peace | Hymn of the Week

Is it possible to have peace in the midst of all the darkness and brokenness of this world?
We think so.
This simple hymn reminds us where our peace is found. Notice how verses 1-4 each ask a question about whether peace can be present in a particular situation. The answer to each question is Jesus. He alone is our peace and hope.

Lyrics

Verse 1
Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?
The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

Verse 2
Peace, perfect peace, by thronging duties pressed?
To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

Verse 3
Peace, perfect peace, death shadowing us and ours?
Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

Verse 4
Peace, perfect peace, our future all unknown?
Jesus we know, and he is on the throne.

Verse 5
It is enough: earth’s struggles soon shall cease,
and Jesus call to heaven’s perfect peace.

Scripture Reference: Isaiah 26:3
Text: Edward H. Bickersteth (1875)
Music: PAX TECUM, George Thomas Caldbeck, arr. Charles J. Vincent (1877)
Meter: 10.10
Copyright: Public Domain

A quote from the hymn "Peace, Perfect Peace" is set against a photo of a dark hilly landscape. The quote reads "Peace, perfect peace, in this dark world of sin?"

This hymn is featured in our Hymn of the week playlist!

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Gary Chapman Video

Gary highlights the hymn “Peace, Perfect Peace,” giving some of its history and then singing his version of the song, which has a simple added refrain.


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