A Shelter in the Time of Storm

Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer. From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy (Psalm 61:1-3).

Are you seeking shelter?

Vernon J. Charlesworth wrote “A Shelter in the Time of Storm” in a minor chord around 1880. Fishermen often sang the original tune when safely coming ashore amid a storm. Later, Ira D. Sanky removed several lines, added a refrain, and wrote another tune he thought people would find easier to sing.

If you’d like to read the original version, visit Hymnary.org.

A Shelter in the Time of Storm

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,
A shelter in the time of storm.
Refrain: Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, 
A weary land, a weary land; 
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land, 
A shelter in the time of storm.
A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no fears affright,
A shelter in the time of storm.
The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm;
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm.
O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.

Author: Vernon J. Charlesworth Public Domain

Tune: Shelter Ira D. Sankey

14 thoughts on “A Shelter in the Time of Storm

  1. Love this Psalm! For some reason, the site has not let me make comments the last couple of times.

    Linda”The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof…” Psm 24:1 Linda is the author of Christian Romantic Suspense novels. Her books can be found on Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/Linda-K.-Rodante/e/B012OITZ2Y/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0

    • Good morning, Linda. I’m so sorry you’re having trouble commenting. If it happens again, please let me know. I’m not sure what the problem is. But if I had to guess, I would say it’s your Amazon link in your tagline. Links usually get tagged. But then, I haven’t seen Your comments in my spam folder. So glad you were able to comment this time! This is one of my favorites too! Have a blessed day! ❤

    • You’re welcome! It is such a comforting song. And I love the way the gentlemen harmonize the message. Not in a slow and sad way, but an upbeat and uplifting declaration of Who our Savior is. Blessings!

  2. Tuesday, March 29th ~ Hi Gail, just to let you know that we shared your comforting message on our public Heart”wings” Ministry page this morning.

    Thank you for reaching out to hearts around the world to further His kingdom for His purpose and glory! Amen!

    Your message can be easily located by scrolling down on our page. You can also share it by clicking on the share buttom just under your message on our page. Here is the link where it was shared [https://www.facebook.com/HeartWingsMinistry]

    • You’re welcome, Jill. I’ve had the song on my heart for a couple of weeks. Honestly, I thought today was the first Tuesday, so I’m a week early with third devotion. But God has perfect timing. Have a blessed day, my friend. ❤

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