I remember I was writing about knowing the peace of God at October of 2011. Not too long ago, i was listening to a sharing regarding a hymn from my church.

Many of the Chinese hymns written in my hymnbook are the results of the first believers who were moved by the Holy Spirit, they reworded some of the popular Christian hymn of their time and there were also occasions where they took tunes from Chinese folk music and and wrote the lyrics.

Sometimes we are  unable to figure out where did they get the tune from or was the tune composed by them.

One of the hymns that is like that is titled  “主赐真平安”. Our modern hymnbook translated the title as “Jesus gives me peace” but as I was looking at the lyrics written, it seems to me that the translation is very far away from the intended meaning.

The first believers who wrote the hymn was singing about the things that happen when they chose to follow Jesus, and how some of the problems were more than what they can bear. They were in fact singing about how how they receive their peace from Jesus.

The lyrics of the hymns was not a fantastically worded.. but it is written so that anyone can easily understood the meaning conveyed. One does not need to be a literacy talent in order to understand what our first believers wrote.

As I was singing this, I remembered the time when I was feeling all alone in my work for God, and i was facing countless of oppositions from other members of the church.. and i was despairing and I asked God to comfort me.

So that morning when i was reading through the hymnbook.. i suddenly started to sing the words of this simple hymn.. and when I sing it with my heart. I realised that the peace of God is not one that is like this world, it is not about escaping from suffering, but rather it is to give us strength to face it.

I just would like to post this simple lyrics out. I have decided to re-translate the hymn so that the English speaking brothers and sisters can understand the original lyrics better.

Title: 主赐真平安zhǔ cì​ zhēn píng​’ān
Inspired Verse: Jn 14:27

Stanza 1

为信主遇逼迫, wèi xìn​ zhǔ​ yù​ bī ​pò
我心似作难; wǒ​ xīn​ sì zuò nán​;
想念主被鞭打, xiǎng ​niàn zhǔ bèi biān ​dǎ
我心便平安。 wǒ​ xīn biàn píng​’ān

Stanza 2

为跟主撇一切, wèi​ gēn zhǔ piě​ yī ​qiè
我心似作难; wǒ​ xīn​ sì zuò nán​;
想念主无枕处, xiǎng ​niàn zhǔ wú​ zhěn chù​
我心便平安。 wǒ​ xīn biàn píng​’ān

Stanza 3

为传道受苦难 wèi chuán ​dào shòu kǔ ​nàn
我心似作难; wǒ​ xīn​ sì zuò nán​;
想念主钉十架, xiǎng​ niàn​ zhǔ dīng shí jià
我心便平安。 wǒ​ xīn biàn píng​’ān

*Chorus

主赐我真平安 zhǔ cì​ wǒ zhēn píng​’ān
主赐我真平安, zhǔ cì​ wǒ zhēn píng​’ān
主所赐的平安, zhǔ suǒ cì dì​ píng​’ān
与世福无关; yú​ shì fú​ wú ​guān​
在主里蒙保守, zài zhǔ lǐ​ méng​ bǎo ​shǒu​
永远的平安。 yǒng​ yuǎn dì​ píng​’ān​

Title : The True Peace From God
Inspiration Verse : Jn 14:27

Stanza 1
To be  persecuted for my belief,
that’s more than I can bear
But whenever I recall the stripes of my Lord
I found peace within my heart

Stanza 2
To lose my possession for the sake of following God,
that’s more than I can bear
But when I recall my Lord without a place to rest his head
I found peace within my heart

Stanza 3
To suffer for the sake of preaching the gospel
that’s more than I can bear
But when I recall my Lord nailed on the cross
I found peace within my heart

*Chorus
My Lord blessed me with true peace
My Lord blessed me with true peace
The peace which the Lord blessed me with
has nothing to do with material blessings on earth
To be preserved in the grace of the Lord
will be peace forever.

As the tune of this hymn is unique to my church, there is no way i can find a youtube that sound similar to it, hence I can only share the lyrics.

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