September 23, 2015
IF Salvation Army song books could be catalogued genealogically, I'd own a great-great grandfather– the March 1, 1930, edition. Its 1003 songs and 730 choruses make it the largest song book the Army ever published. O Boundless Salvation uses up page one, under the heading THE FOUNDER'S SONG.
Often, on stormy, winter nights, and occasionally on warm summer days in our boat on the bay, my mother sang some of those songs to us.
Chorus 400, no longer sung, was a solace all those years ago may still be a solace to someone standing in life's shadows.
Have faith in God, the sun will shine;
Though dark the clouds may be today.
His heart has planned your path and mine,
Have faith in God, have faith always.
I remember hearing one old comrade in Gambo, include in her testimony, Sunday after Sunday, verse three of song 570.
I have a peace: it is calm as a river,
A peace that the friends of this world never knew;
My Saviour alone is its Author and Giver;
And oh, could I know it was given to you.
Verse one begins:
I have a Saviour, He's pleading in Glory. Small wonder we can claim a peace that is calm as a river. The chorus: For you I am praying. And the song ends: Prayer will be answered! Hallelujah! Don't worry you are in good, PRAYING, hands!