Eternal Father, Strong to Save

So I was randomly looking up my Twitter’s Timeline when I found an interesting work by Hans Zimmer . Hans Zimmer is an award-winning composer famously noted for his work in movie scores , such as Inception, Batman Begins, Gladiator , and many more .  He composed Crimson Tides (1995) movie score, one of them titled Roll Tide . Roll Tide is the ending theme of this naval-themed movie . What amazed me is that this song includes an excerpt from the hymn “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” as written below :

Eternal Father, strong to save,
Whose arm hath bound the restless wave,
Who bidd’st the mighty ocean deep
Its own appointed limits keep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Christ! Whose voice the waters heard
And hushed their raging at Thy word,
Who walkedst on the foaming deep,
And calm amidst its rage didst sleep;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

Most Holy Spirit! Who didst brood
Upon the chaos dark and rude,
And bid its angry tumult cease,
And give, for wild confusion, peace;
Oh, hear us when we cry to Thee,
For those in peril on the sea!

O Trinity of love and power!
Our brethren shield in danger’s hour;
From rock and tempest, fire and foe,
Protect them wheresoe’er they go;
Thus evermore shall rise to Thee
Glad hymns of praise from land and sea.

This hymn  was written by William Whiting for his student who was about to travel to the US . The tune, composed by John B. Dykes, is called “Melita” , which is associated with the Malta Island. This hymn is strongly associated with the US and British naval services. They even have many versions for various jobs in the naval services 🙂

I like this hymn as it reminds me of how God never fails to save us in this peril on the sea of life . He holds the storms, He holds the wave, and He guides our boat along our life-long journey 🙂

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