I liked this hymn the first time I heard it. There is a sense of freedom and security both in the lyrics and in the melody.
The author of this hymn, William Orcutt Cushing, born in 1823, was a Christian pastor in New York. His wife died, and later, he had severe problems with his voice. He was forced out of the pastorate.
He asked God for a way to serve Him and turned to hymn writing. William wrote more than 300 hymns in this lifetime.
Lyrics: William O. Cushing
Music: Ira D. Sankey
Under His wings I am safely abiding,
Though the night deepens and tempests are wild,
Still I can trust Him; I know He will keep me,
He has redeemed me, and I am His child.
Under His wings, under His wings,
Who from His love can sever?
Under His wings my soul shall abide,
Safely abide forever.
Under His wings, what a refuge in sorrow!
How the heart yearningly turns to His rest!
Often when earth has no balm for my healing,
There I find comfort, and there I am blessed.
Under His wings, oh, what precious enjoyment!
There will I hide till life’s trials are o’er;
Sheltered, protected, no evil can harm me,
Resting in Jesus, I’m safe evermore.
In the Revival Hymns and Choruses, it has been renamed to:
Under the Care of My God, The Almighty
Lyrics: based on Psalm 91, United Presbyterian Bible Songs Hymnal, 1927
Music: Ira Sankey
Under the care of my God, the Almighty,
Safe in the secret place of the Most High!
He is my Refuge, the Lord is my Fortress,
Him I am trusting when trouble is nigh.
Under his wings, under his wings,
Safe in the refuge hide thee;
Trusting his truth and faithfulness,
No evil can betide thee.
Be not afraid for the terror of midnight,
Nor for the arrow that hasteth to slay;
Fear not the pestilence walking in darkness,
Nor the destroyer that wasteth by day.
Seek the Most High for thy sure habitation,
Unto Jehovah for refuge now fly;
There shall no evil befall thee nor harm thee,
Unto thy dwelling no plague shall come nigh.
Love thou the Lord, surely he will deliver;
He will exalt thee and answer thy prayer;
He will be with thee to honor and give thee
Life without end, his salvation to share.
May God help us amidst all the storms and trials of life.