1 Many long years I sailed o'er life's ocean,
On its waves I was tossed to and fro;
Then my life was a constant commotion,
And for rest I had nowhere to go;
Then I heard a sweet voice gently saying,
"Come to me, all life's tumult will cease;"
Now no more on the waves I am straying,
But I live by the river of peace.
2 Let the great, busy world swing around me,
But no more do I dread its alarms;
For secure, since my Saviour has found me,
I am safe ever more in his arms;
For he came when sin's fetters did blind me,
And he gave to my soul sweet release;
Now the world and its cares are behind me,
For I live by the river of peace.
3 I do not live alone by the river,
For the army of God dwelleth there,
And the Lord God of hosts will deliver
From all foes that my feet would ensnare.
All my trust in the Lord I'm reposing
And I find that my joys here increase;
And I'll live with my Lord, at life's closing,
If I live by the river of peace.
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 >
Display Title: I Live by the River of PeaceFirst Line: Many long years I sailed o'er life's oceanTune Title: [Many long years I sailed o'er life's ocean]Author: Rev. Johnson Oatman, Jr.Date: 1898Subject: Praise |