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Sunday, July 3, 2016

We Rest on Thee– A Poem and Reminder

We Rest on Thee

"We rest on thee" - our shield and our defender!
We go not forth alone against the foe;
Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
"We rest on thee, and in thy name we go."

Yea, "in thy name," O Captain of salvation!
In Thy dear name, all other names above:
Jesus our righteousness, our sure foundation,
Our Prince of glory and our King of love.

"We go" in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
And needing more each day Thy grace to know:
Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
"We rest on thee, and in thy name we go."

"We rest on thee" - our shield and our defender!
Thine is the battle, thine shall be the praise
When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
Victors - we rest with Thee, through endless days.

Edith Cherry, ca. 1895

2Chronicles 14:11 And Asa cried unto the LORD his God, and said, LORD, it is nothing with thee to help, whether with many, or with them that have no power: help us, O LORD our God; for we rest on thee, and in thy name we go against this multitude. O LORD, thou art our God; let not man prevail against thee.

Notice how Asa says in this verse, “let not man prevail against thee.” It is a good reminder that when we are standing where God wants us to be, and doing and being what He wants us to do and be, then when the enemy comes against us it is not against us that he is coming but against the LORD God Himself.  This is a knowledge we can rest in.

Psalms 37:7  Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.


First published here Nov. 2011. Edited.


  1. Excellent reminder, Mary - thank you!

  2. Hi Mary! I am so thankful to have a Heavenly Father we can rest on. I love this poem! I'm visiting from The Art of Home linkup.

    1. Welcome! Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you were encouraged. :-)