Clouds, Wind, Storms and Rain in Lutheran Hymns

In an effort to help a family member who has a very profound fear of bad weather, I have compiled a list of hymns verses from a couple Lutheran hymnals. Hopefully these poetic expressions of our Lord’s care and protection will help when the storm clouds gather. The two hymnals are Lutheran Service Book and Lutheran Worship. Both are published by Concordia Publishing House, St. Louis, Missouri.

First, from Lutheran Service Book

331 “The Advent of Our King” verse 4 (See Revelation 1:7)
As judge, on clouds of light, He soon will come again,
And his true members all unite, with Him in heav’n to reign.

336 “Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending” verse 1
Lo! He comes with clouds descending, once for every sinner slain;
Thousand, thousand saints attending, swell the triumph of His train:
Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia! Christ the Lord returns to reign.

355 “O Savior, Rend the Heavens Wide” verse 2
O Father, light from heaven send; as morning dew, O Son, descend.
Drop down, you clouds, the life of spring: to Jacob’s line rain down the King.

357 “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” verses 3 & 6 (See Exodus 19-20)
O come, O come, Thou Lord of might, Who to Thy tribes on Sinai’s height;
In ancient times didst give the Law, in cloud and majesty and awe.

O come Thou Dayspring from on high, and cheer us by Thy drawing nigh;
Disperse the gloomy clouds of night, and death’s dark shadows put to flight.

397 “As With Gladness Men of Old” verse 4
Holy Jesus, ev’ry day keep us in the narrow way;
And when earthly things are past, bring our ransomed souls at last.
Where they need no star to guide, where no clouds Thy glory hide.

413 “O Wondrous Type! O Vision Fair” verse 2 (See Luke 9:28-36)
With Moses and Elijah nigh, the-incarnate Lord holds converse high;
And from the cloud the Holy One bears record to the only Son.

467 “Awake, My Heart, with Gladness” verse 4
Now hell, its prince, the devil, of all their pow’r are shorn;
Now I am safe from evil, and sin I laugh to scorn.
Grim death with all its might cannot my soul affright;
It is a pow’rless form, howe’er it rave and storm.

513 “The Clouds of Judgment Gather” verse 1
The clouds of judgment gather, the time is growing late;
Be sober and be watchful, our judge is at the gate.
The judge who comes in mercy, the judge who comes in might;
To put an end to evil, and diadem the right.

523 “O Word of God Incarnate” verse 3
O make Your Church, dear Savior, a lamp of burnished gold.
To bear before the nations Your true light as of old!
O teach Your wand’ring pilgrims, by this their path to trace,
Till clouds and darkness ended, they see You face to face!

533 “Jesus Has Come and Brings Pleasure” verse 2
Jesus has come! Now see bonds rent asunder!
Fetters of death now dissolve, disappear,
See Him burst through with a voice as of thunder!
He sets us free from our guilt and our fear,
Lifts us from shame to the place of His honor,
Jesus has come! Hear the roll of God’s thunder.

539 “Christ Is the World’s Redeemer” verse 2 (See Hebrews 12:2)
Christ has our host surrounded, with clouds of martyrs bright,
Who wave their palms in triumph, and fire us for the fight.
Then Christ the cross ascended, to save a world undone.
And, suff’ring for the sinful, our full redemption won.

575 “My Hope Is Built on Nothing Less” verse 2
When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;
In ev’ry high and stormy gale my anchor holds within the veil.
On Christ, the solid rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand.

590 “Baptized Into Your Name Most Holy” verse 2
My loving Father, here You take me, to be hence-forth Your child and heir.
My faithful Savior, here You make me, the fruit of all Your sorrows share.
O Holy Spirit, comfort me, when threat’ning clouds around I see.

648 “Glorious Things of You Are Spoken” verse 3 (See Exodus 13:21-22)
Round each habitation hov’ring, see the cloud and fire appear.
For a glory and a cov’ring, showing that the Lord is near.
Thus deriving from their banner, light by night and shade by day,
Safe they feed upon the manna, which God gives them on their way.

658 “Preserve Your Word, O Savior” verse 5
Preserve in wave and tempest, Your storm-tossed little flock;
Assailed by wind and weather, may it endure each shock.
Stand at the helm, our pilot, and set the course aright;
Then we will reach the harbor in Your eternal light.

683 “Jesus, Thy Boundless Love to Me” verse 4
In suff’ring be Thy love my peace, in weakness by Thy love my pow’r;
And when the storms of life shall cease, O Jesus, in that final hour,
Be Thou my rod and staff and guide, and draw me safely to Thy side!

715 “Jesus, Savior, Pilot Me” All
Jesus, Savior, pilot me, over life’s tempestuous sea.
Unknown waves before me roll, hiding rock and treacherous shoal.
Chart and compass come from Thee, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

As a mother stills her child, Thou canst hush the ocean wild.
Boist’rous waves obey Thy will; when Thou sayest to them, “Be still.”
Wondrous Sov’reign of the sea, Jesus, Savior, pilot me.

When, at last, I near the shore, and the fearful breakers roar.
Twixt me and the peaceful rest, then, while leaning on Thy breast,
May I hear Thee say to me, “Fear not, I will pilot thee.”

716 “I Walk in Danger All the Way” verse 2
I pass through trials all the way, with sin and ills contending;
In patience I must bear each day the cross of God’s own sending.
When in adversity I know not where to flee, when storms of woe my soul dismay,
I pass through trials all the way.

722 “Lord, Take My Hand and Lead Me” verse 2
Lord, when the tempest rages I need not fear,
For You the Rock of Ages, are always near.
Close by Your side abiding, I fear no foe,
For when Your hand is guiding, in peace I go.

733 O God, Our Help in Ages Past” verse 1
O God, our help in ages past, our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast, and our eternal home:

743 “Jesus, Priceless Treasure” verses 2 & 6
In Thine arms I rest me; foes who would molest me, cannot reach me here.
Though the earth be shaking, ev’ry heart be quaking, Jesus clams my fear.
Lightnings flash and thunders crash; yet, though sin and hell assail me,
Jesus will not fail me.

Hence, all fear and sadness! For the Lord of gladness, Jesus, enters in.
Those who love the Father, though the storms may gather,
Still have peace within.
Yea, whate’er I here must bear, Thou art still my purest pleasure,
Jesus, priceless treasure.

748 “I’m But a Stranger Here” verse 2
What though the tempests rage, heav’n is my home;
Short is my pilgrimage, heav’n is my home.
And time’s wild wintry blast, soon shall be overpast;
I shall reach home at last, heav’n is my home.

754 “Entrust Your Days and Burdens” verse 1
Entrust your days and burdens to God’s most loving hand;
He cares for you while ruling the sky, the sea, the land.
For He who guides the tempests along their thund’rous ways;
Will find for you a pathway and guide you all your days.

760 “What God Ordains Is Always Good” verse 4
What God ordains is always good: He is my friend and Father;
He suffers naught to do me harm though many storms my gather.
Now I may know both joy and woe; someday I shall see clearly,
That He has loved me dearly.

765 “God Moves in a Mysterious Way” verse 5
(One of my favorites, See Matthew 8:23-27)
You fearful saints, fresh courage take; the clouds you so much dread;
Are big with mercy and will break in blessings on your head.

785 “We Praise You, O God” verse 2
We worship You, God of our fathers, we bless You;
Through trial and tempest our guide you have been.
When perils o’ertake us, You will not forsake us,
And with Your help, O Lord, our stuggles we win.

801 “How Great Thou Art” verse 1
O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder,
Consider all the works Thy hand hath made,
I see the stars, I hear the mighty thunder,
Thy pow’r throughout the universe displayed
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!
Then sings my soul, my Savior God to Thee,
How great Thou art! How great Thou art!

802 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise” verse 2 (Another favorite)
Unresting, unhasting and silent as light,
Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
Thy justice like mountains high soaring above,
Thy clouds which are fountains of goodness and love.

804 “O Worship the King” verses 2 & 4 (Thunderclouds!)
O tell of His might, O sing of His grace,
Whose robe is the light, whose canopy space;
His chariots of wrath the deep thunderclouds form,
And dark is His path on the wings of the storm.

Thy bountiful care what tongue can recite?
It breathes in the air, it shines in the light,
It streams from the hills, it descends to the plain,
And sweetly distills in the dew and the rain.

817 “Earth and All Stars” verse 2
Hail, wind and rain, loud blowing snowstorm! Sing to the Lord a new song!
Flowers and trees! Loud rustling dry leaves! Sing to the Lord a new song!
He has done marvelous things. I too will praise him with a new song!

842 “Son of God, Eternal Savior” verse 3
Come, O Christ, and reign among us, King of love and Prince of peace;
Hush the storm of strife and passion, bid its cruel discords cease.
By Your patient years of toiling, by Your silent hours of pain,
Quench our fevered thirst of pleasure, stem our selfish greed of gain.

878 “Abide With Me” verse 2
I need thy presence ev’ry passing hour;
What but Thy grace can foil the tempter’s pow’r?
Who like Thyself my guide and stay can be?
Through cloud and sunshine, O abide with me.

892 “Come, Ye Thankful People, Come” verse 1
Come, ye thankful people come; raise the song of harvest home.
All be safely gathered in ere the winter storms begin;
God, our maker, doth provide for our wants to be supplied.
Come to God’s own temple, come; raise the song of harvest home.

893 “Sing to the Lord of Harvest” verse 2
God makes the clouds rain goodness, the deserts bloom and spring,
The hills leap up in gladness, the valleys laugh and sing.
God fills them with his fullness, all things with large increase;
He crowns the year with blessing, with plenty and with peace.

965 “God Bless Our Native Land” verse 1
God bless our native land, firm may she ever stand, through storm and night.
When the wild tempests rave, ruler of wind and wave, do Thou our country save,
By Thy great might.

And from Lutheran Worship:

436 “All Creatures of Our God and King” verse 2
O rushing wind and breezes soft, O clouds that ride the winds aloft;
Oh, praise Him! Alleluia! O rising morn in praise rejoice,
O lights of evening, find a voice.
Oh, praise Him! Oh praise Him! Alleluia, alleluia, alleluia!

441 “We Sing the Almighty Power of God” verse 5
There’s not a plant or flow’r below, but makes your glories known;
And clouds arise and tempests blow, by order from your throne.

488 “Sun of My Soul, O Savior Dear” verse 1
Sun of my soul, O Savior dear, it is not night if you are near.
Oh, may no earth-bound cloud arise, to hide you from your servant’s eyes.

508 “Jesus Lover of My Soul” verse 1
Jesus, lover of my soul, let me to Thy mercy fly.
While the nearer waters roll, while the tempest still is high.
Hide me, O my Savior, hide, till the storm of life is past;
Safe into the haven guide, Oh, receive my soul at last!

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