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Jesus Will Keep Every Promise

If waves of affliction should over thee roll

Author: Johnson Oatman
Tune: [If waves of affliction should over thee roll] (Ward)
Published in 3 hymnals

Printable scores: PDF, Noteworthy Composer
Audio files: MIDI

Representative Text

1 If waves of affliction should over thee roll,
Tho’ tempests around thee may sweep,
No storms on life’s oceans can injure thy soul,
The Savior has promised to keep.

Then hold thy faith steady, my brother,
And be not afraid;
For Jesus will keep
Every promise He’s made.

2 Whene’er thou art weary, and long seems the road,
If laden with care thou art pressed,
Thy Savior has promised to carry thy load,
Has promised to give thee His rest. [Refrain]

3 If thou hast been praying for more of His grace,
Hast prayed to know more of His will,
Or prayed to be held in His loving embrace,
He’s promised such prayers to fulfill. [Refrain]

4 Thy dear, loving Savior has gone to prepare
A mansion in glory for thee;
He’s promised to take thee to live with Him there,
If thou only faithful wilt be. [Refrain]

Source: The Cyber Hymnal #11736

Author: Johnson Oatman

Johnson Oatman, Jr., son of Johnson and Rachel Ann Oatman, was born near Medford, N. J., April 21, 1856. His father was an excellent singer, and it always delighted the son to sit by his side and hear him sing the songs of the church. Outside of the usual time spent in the public schools, Mr. Oatman received his education at Herbert's Academy, Princetown, N. J., and the New Jersey Collegiate Institute, Bordentown, N. J. At the age of nineteen he joined the M.E. Church, and a few years later he was granted a license to preach the Gospel, and still later he was regularly ordained by Bishop Merrill. However, Mr. Oatman only serves as a local preacher. For many years he was engaged with his father in the mercantile business at Lumberton… Go to person page >

Text Information

First Line: If waves of affliction should over thee roll
Title: Jesus Will Keep Every Promise
Author: Johnson Oatman
Refrain First Line: Then hold thy faith steady
Publication Date: 1900
Copyright: Public Domain



The Cyber Hymnal #11736
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The Cyber Hymnal #11736

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