I fell in love with this Christian hymn or song, “In Times Like These” the very first time I heard it. It is a song that has comforted millions in their trying hour just as it has comforted me in my own challenges.
In a world full of turmoil we really need an anchor that will hold. We don’t need an anchor that will not hold in storms.
You know as people we try all sorts of things in our trying times. Some people resort to drugs and we all know the damage drugs have caused in our societies.
Governments are spending millions to fight drugs and to treat drug addicts. Drugs are therefore clearly not a solution in times of sorrow or turmoil.
Some try to drown their sorrows by drinking heavily. And we all know the accidents and health care cost of alcohol related hospital admissions.
In fact the drug that costs the government more is not cocaine but alcohol. More people die on our roads due to alcohol related causes than they do for cocaine and other drugs combined.
I think it high time the government put more money in the fight against alcohol abuse than they do now. It will make more economic sense.
The Origins of This Song “In Times Like These”
This beautiful song or hymn was written at the height of World War II by Ruth Caye Jones. It was inspired by newspaper stories of the casualties and mayhem the war was causing.
It was indeed a difficult time not just for the soldiers fighting in the war but their families and ordinary citizens alike.
Ruth Caye Jones said that while in the midst of a busy day as a housewife she felt a direct inspiration from the Holy Spirit giving the words to this song. She quickly stopped everything and sat down to put down the words and music to this hymn.
This hymn has been used at funerals, during illness and even during times of pleasure. It has led millions to Christ I am sure.
The composer was herself comforted by this song as she recovered from a major surgery a few years after she wrote it.
I think I Would be missing something if I did not include the lyrics of this song in this post. So here we go!
In Times Like These
(1) In times like these, you need a Savior,
In times like these, you need an anchor;
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock!
CHORUS: The Rock is Jesus, Yes, He’s the One,
The Rock is Jesus, The only One
Be very sure, be very sure, Your anchor holds,
And grips the Solid Rock.
(2) In times like these, you need the Bible,
In times like these, O be not idle!
Be very sure, be very sure,
Your anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.
(3) In times like these, I have a Savior,
In times like these, I have an anchor,
I’m very sure, I’m very sure,
My anchor holds and grips the Solid Rock.
Finally but not least he is a video featuring the Cadet Sisters of America singing this beautiful hymn “In Time Like These”