Day by day and with each passing moment,
strength I find to meet my trials here;
trusting in my father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He whose heart is kind beyond all measure
gives unto each day what He deems best –
lovingly, its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Every day the Lord Himself is near
me with a special mercy for each hour;
all my cares He fain would bear,
and cheer me, He whose name is Counselor and Power.
The protection of His child and treasure
is a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”
This is the pledge to me He made.
Help me then in every tribulation
so to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
that I loose not faith’s sweet consolation
offered me within Thy holy word.
Help me Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to take, as from a father’s hand,
one by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
‘Til I reach the promised land.
Psalm 46 declares, “God is my refuge, an ever present help in time of trouble.” There was once a young Swedish woman who, like the Psalmist, learned early in life to trust in the Lord’s strength each day to help her overcome her troubles and trials. Her name was Carolina Sandell Berg, and she was born on October 3, l832. She grew up to become Sweden’s most celebrated author of Gospel hymns, and wrote so many that she is often called “the Fanny Crosby of Sweden
It is often true that whenever revival fires begin to glow, there is satanic opposition. The writer of this hymn experienced trouble upon trouble. The waves of revival that swept the Scandinavian countries during the latter half of the nineteenth century were greatly influenced by the wealth of fine hymns which flowed from the pen of Lina Sandell. She wrote the text of this hymn in Swedish and it was translated into English from Swedish by Andrew L. Skoog. The music was written by Oscar Ahnfelt. Lina Sandell, was born on October 3, 1832 at Froderyd, Sweden. She was a daughter of the pastor of the parish church of that community. Being a frail youngster, she usually preferred to spend her time in her father’s study rather than to join her comrades in play.
Like many Christians, she learned that when pain and tragedy strike, God may use that experience to deepen our faith. When she was 26, Carolina–or Lina (pronounced Lie-nah) as she liked to be called–experienced a tragedy which profoundly affected the course of her life. She was with her father, a Lutheran pastor, crossing a Swedish lake. Suddenly the ship lurched, and before her eyes, her father was thrown overboard and drowned. Lina had written hymns before, but now she poured out her broken heart in an endless stream of beautiful songs. Her hymns mightily influenced the revival that swept across Scandanavia after l850.
The words of Lina Berg’s hymns were all the more popular because of the simple, beautiful melodies written for them, especially those of Oscar Ahnfelt who played his guitar and sang her hymns throughout Scandanavia. Lina Berg once said that Ahnfeld sang her songs “into the hearts of the people.”
Even Jenny Lind, the world-famous concert vocalist, visited factories and sang Lina’s beautiful hymns. In Matthew l2:34, Jesus said: “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh.” Lina Sandell Berg’s voice spoke more than 650 hymns from a heart filled abundantly with love for her Saviour. In one of them, “Day by Day,” she had this to say:
“Day by day and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,
I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.”