"SAVIOR, GRANT ME REST AND PEACE"
"…That ye may be found of Him in peace, without spot, and blameless" (2 Pet. 3.13-14)
INTRO.: A hymn which encourages us to think and live in such a way that we may be found of Him in peace both day and night is "Savior, Grant Me Rest and Peace" (#695 in Hymns for Worship Revised, and #406 in Sacred Selections for the Church). The text was written by Grace Glenn, which was a pseudonym for Lucinda M. Beal Bateman, who was born in Dec., 1843, probably in Michigan. Associated with the publishing firm of Fillmore Brothers Music House of Cincinnati, OH, she was the author of a number of Sunday school hymns. This one was apparently produced around 1877 with the tune (Bateman) composed by James Henry Fillmore (1849-1936). The earliest collection in which it has been found is Fillmore’s Hours of Song: Revised, A Book of Rudiments and a Collection of New Music, Sacred and Secular for Singing Classes and Conventions, published in 1879 (the original edition had been published in 1875).
Many of Mrs. Bateman’s songs were included in the Fillmore publication The Musical Messenger and in their hymnbooks, such as Grateful Praise of 1884. Another of her songs which has been very popular with children is "I Washed My Hands This Morning" from 1886. Also, she was involved in the temperance movement, and Fillmore published her 1889 work The Prohibition Speaker, A Collection of Readings, Recitations, Dialogues, Tableaux and Songs for Temperance and Prohibition Entertainments, Original and Written. In 1891, she lived at Ionia, MI, where she and her husband, Zadok H. Bateman, operated a secondhand furniture store. Other songs by her appear in Fillmore’s Gems and Jewels of 1890 and Christian Work Songs of 1892.
By 1900, Mrs. Bateman, possibly a widow by then, was living in Detroit, MI, apparently with her daughter, Grace M. Bateman, who was a music teacher. The date and place of her death are unknown. Among hymnbooks published by members of the Lord’s church during the twentieth century for use in churches of Christ, the song appeared in the 1921 Great Songs of the Church (No. 1) and the 1937 Great Songs of the Church No. 2 both edited by E. L. Jorgenson; the 1935 Christian Hymns (No. 1), the 1948 Christian Hymns No. 2, and the 1966 Christian Hymns No. 3 all edited by L. O. Sanderson; the 1963 Abiding Hymns edited by Robert C. Welch; and the 1963 Christian Hymnal edited by J. Nelson Slater. Today, it appears in the 1971 Songs of the Church, the 1990 Songs of the Church 21st C. Ed., and the 1994 Songs of Faith and Praise all edited by Alton H. Howard; the 1978/1983 (Church) Gospel Songs and Hymns edited by V. E. Howard; the 1986 Great Songs Revised edited by Forrest M. McCann; and the 1992 Praise for the Lord edited by John P. Wiegand; in addition to Hymns for Worship, Sacred Selections, and the 2007 Sacred Songs of the Church edited by William D. Jeffcoat.
This hymn asks the Lord to bless us through each night until the morning and through the next day.
I. Stanza 1 points out our need for the Lord’s presence as we prepare for the night
"Savior, grant me rest and peace; Let my troubled dreamings cease.
With the chiming midnight bell, Teach my heart that ‘all is well.’"
A. Only by having the Lord’s presence in our lives can we have the peace that passes all understanding: Phil. 4.6-7
B. Therefore, whenever our hearts are troubled, we should put our faith in Christ: Jn. 14.1
C. Then, we can know that "all is well" even in the darkest night: Ps. 91.1-5
II. Stanza 2 points out our need for the Lord’s presence thorugh the night until the dawn
"I would trust my all to Thee, All my cares and sorrows flee,
Till the breaking light shall tell Night is past, and ‘all is well.’"
A. God wants us to trust in Him that His presence might be with us: Ps. 37.3-5, Prov. 3.5
B. When we thus put our trust in the Lord, all our cares and sorrows will flee because we have cast them on Him: 1 Pet. 5.7
C. Therefore, we can know that "all is well" as we awaken to the morning light: Ps. 139.17-18
III. Stanza 3 points out out need for the Lord’s presence the next day in our service to Him
"I would seek Thy service, Lord, Leaning on Thy promise word;
Let my hourly labors tell I am Thine, and ‘all is well.’"
A. God wants us not only to trust Him but to serve Him as well: Heb. 12.28
B. To do this, we must lean on His promise word because the scriptures provide everything we need to be equipped for every good work: 2 Tim. 3.16-17
C. Therefore, we can let show that "all is well" by our hourly labors for the Lord, knowing that they are not in vain: 1 Cor. 15.58
CONCL.: Each day that I live belongs to God and should be given to Him. Whatever problems or trials that I may face during the day, I can cast them on the Lord as I pillow my head at night. And my desire, as I look forward to my rest and then the dawning of the new day, should be, "Savior, Grant Me Rest And Peace."