10 Powerful Hymns to Silence Satan's Lies

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Our spiritual enemy, Satan, is real, vicious, and relentless—but he is also defeated. In Christ, we have all we need to stand victorious against every attack. The lyrics in these ten hymns remind us of this faith-bolstering truth. These words sink us deeper into God Almighty’s embrace and therefore empower us to triumph.

1. “A Wonderful Savior” by Fanny Crosby

Sometimes, bombarded by calamity, we feel vulnerable and exposed. But Scripture tells us our lives are hidden in Christ with God (Colossians 3:30). When danger comes, God “will cover [us] with His feathers, and under His wings [we] will find refuge. His faithfulness will be [our] shield and rampart” (Psalm 91:4).

Referencing the biblical account of when God showed His servant Moses His glory, Fanny wrote, “He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock, That shadows a dry, thirsty land; He hideth my life in the depths of His love, And covers me there with His hand.”

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
a wonderful Savior to me;
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
where rivers of pleasure I see.

Refrain:
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
that shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
and covers me there with His hand,
and covers me there with His hand.

A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away;
He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day. [Refrain]

With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
and filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God
for such a Redeemer as mine! [Refrain]

When clothed in His brightness, transported I rise
to meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love
I'll shout with the millions on high. [Refrain]

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    2. “A Mighty Fortress Is Our Lord” by H. F Hedge


    Sometimes we’re deceived into believing our fears are bigger than our God, but this is far from true. He is the all-powerful, ever-present One who commands heaven’s armies. Psalm 147:4-5 tells us, “He determines the number of stars,” known to contain unfathomable amounts of energy, “and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; His understanding has no limit.”

    As Hedge’s hymn states, God truly is a mighty fortress, “a bulwark never failing. Our helper, He amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing.”

    Whatever we’re facing, God is bigger, and He’s always fighting for us.

    Lyrics:

    A mighty fortress is our God, a bulwark never failing
    Our Helper He, amid the flood of mortal ills prevailing
    For still our ancient foe doth seek to work us woe

    His craft and pow’r are great, and, armed with cruel hate
    On earth is not his equal

    Did we in our own strength confide, our striving would be losing
    Were not the right Man on our side, the Man of God’s own choosing
    Dost ask who that may be? Christ Jesus, it is He

    The Lord of hosts His name, from age to age the same
    And He must win the battle

    And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us
    We will not fear, for God hath willed His truth to triumph through us
    The Prince of Darkness grim, we tremble not for him

    His rage we can endure, for lo, his doom is sure
    One little word shall fell him

    That word above all earthly pow’rs, no thanks to them, abideth
    The Spirit and the gifts are ours through Him who with us sideth
    Let goods and kindred go, this mortal life also

    The body they may kill; God’s truth abideth still
    His kingdom is forever

    Credit: sovereigngracemusic.org

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    3. “Joyful Song” by Fanny Crosby


    Our foe attempts to defeat, paralyze, and terrorize us, but Scripture says he’s been defeated. Through the cross, Christ “disarmed the spiritual rulers and authorities. He shamed them publicly by His victory over them on the cross” (Colossians 2:15). While the war between good and evil rages on, in truth, the battle has already been won. 

    As Fanny wrote, “Victory, victory thro’ Him that redeemed us! Victory, victory thro’ Jesus Christ our Lord.”

    4. “Jesus Calls Thee” by S. A. Collin

    Satan tries to tell us that our sins are too great, too dark for God’s redeeming love. Unfortunately, many of our past experiences with other seems to confirm this lie. When we mess up, people are often quick to cast us aside and reject us, but that’s not how God responds. Whereas our worst behaviors might indeed push others aside, Jesus forever calls us to Himself, where we receive mercy, love, and peace. “Come to Me all who are weary and burdened,” He said, “and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28). Rest from striving, from trying to earn our salvation, and from the heavy weight of our sin.

    The nineteenth century hymn “Jesus Calls Thee” assures us that God’s invitation extends to all, us included. “Jesus, gracious One, calleth now to thee,” he wrote, “‘Come, O sinner come!’ Calls so tenderly, calls so lovingly, ‘Now, O sinner, come.’”

    Lyrics:

    Jesus, gracious one, calleth now to thee,
    "Come, O sinner, come!"
    Calls so tenderly, calls so lovingly,

    "Now, O sinner, come?"
    Words of peace and blessing,
    Christ's own love confessing;

    Refrain:

    Hear the sweet voice of Jesus,
    Full, full of love;
    Calling tenderly, calling lovingly,
    "Come, O sinner, come!"

    Still he waits for thee, pleading patiently,
    "Come, O come to me!
    Heavy-laden one, I thy grief have borne,

    Come and rest in me."
    Words of love o'erflowing,
    Life and bliss bestowing; [Refrain]

    Weary, sin-sick soul, called so graciously,
    Canst thou dare refuse?
    Mercy offered thee, freely, tenderly,

    Wilt thou still abuse?
    Come, for time is flying,
    Haste, thy lamp is dying; [Refrain]

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    5. “Cast Thy Bread Upon the Waters” by Phoebe J. Hanaford


    Many of us have led ministries and Bible studies, raised children, or prayed fervently for others with seemingly little effect. During those times, when our perseverance begins to wear thin, Satan tries to use our weakness to his advantage, whispering lies like, “Why try? She never listens to you. Her heart is too hard.” Or, “Why continue praying? Surely if they were going to receive God’s gift of salvation, they would have done so already.”

    We know, however, that God’s timing is often much different than ours and His patience much greater. Therefore, may we follow the advice recorded in Phoebe Hanaford’s hymn to “cast [our] bread upon the waters, thinking not ‘tis thrown away.” For “God has said thou shalt gather rich rewards some future day. … God shall send a bounteous harvest if thou sowest with lib’ral hand.”

    We’re to share the gospel, whenever and however we can. God alone has the power to bring fruit from our words.

    Lyrics:

    "Cast thy bread upon the waters,
    Ye who have but scant supply;
    Angel eyes will watch above it;
    You shall find it by and by;

    He who in his righteous balance,
    Doth each human action weigh,
    Will your sacrifice remember,
    Will your loving deeds repay.

    "Cast thy bread upon the waters;
    Sad and weary, worn with care,
    Wherefore sitting in the shadow?
    Surely you've a crumb to spare.

    Can you not to those around you
    Sing some little song of hope,
    As you look with longing vision
    Thro' faith's mighty telescope?

    "Cast thy bread upon the waters,"
    Ye who have abundant store;
    It may float on many a billow,
    It may strand on many a shore;

    You may think it lost forever,
    But, as sure as God is true,
    In this life, or in the other,
    It will yet return to you.

    Credit: hymnary.org

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    6. “What a Friend We Have in Jesus” by George Scriven


    When we’re hurting, experiencing difficulties, or dealing with human rejection, Satan tells us we’re all alone. We may even feel as if this is true, but Scripture says differently. In Christ, we are never alone, for He is always with us. Christ Himself promised, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). Therefore, regardless of our circumstances or what our fickle emotions or spiritual enemy might say, we can trust God remains at our side always.

    When loneliness invades our hearts, may we hold tight to the Friend that sticks closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:2). That friend is Jesus, and oh what a faithful friend He is. “What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer,” the song says. “Jesus knows our every weakness.” So “take it to the Lord in prayer.”

    Lyrics:

    What a friend we have in Jesus

    All our sins and griefs to be

    And what a privilege to carry

    Everything to God in prayer

    Oh, what peace we often forfeit

    Oh, what needless pain we bear

    All because we do not carry

    Everything to God in prayer

    Have we trials and temptations?

    Is there trouble anywhere?

    We should never be discouraged

    Take it to the Lord in prayer

    Can we find a friend so faithful

    Who will all our sorrows share?

    Jesus knows our every weakness

    Take it to the Lord in prayer

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    7. “Abiding and Confiding” by Albert B. Simpson


    On our own, we are weak and easily defeated. This is, in part, why Satan urges us to rely on ourselves. We find our greatest strength not through striving but rather through surrender. Jesus said He is the vine, our source of nourishment, and we are the branches, ever dependent on Him. When we remain connected to Him, we bear much fruit. Godly, life-changing fruit. Apart from Him, however, we “can do nothing” (John 15:5).

    We need Jesus to live and love like Him, and praise God, we have Him. Through faith, we have resurrection power within. That power gains force within through our ever-deepening relationship with Christ, through abiding and confiding, as this song states. Whenever a desire for control rises within us, may we sing these words from Simpson’s hymn: “I am crucified with Jesus, and He lives and dwells in me. I have ceased from all my struggling, tis no longer I but He; All my will is yielded to Him, and His Spirit reigns within, and His precious blood each moment keeps me cleansed and free from sin.”

    Lyrics:

    I have learn'd the wondrous secret
    Of abiding in the Lord;
    I have found the strength and sweetness
    Of confiding in his word;

    I have tasted life's pure fountain,
    I am trusting in his blood,
    I have lost myself in Jesus,
    I am sinking into God.

    Chorus:
    I'm abiding in the Lord,
    And confiding in his word,
    And I'm hiding, safely hiding,
    In the bosom of his love.

    I am crucified with Jesus,
    And he lives and dwells in me,
    I have ceased from all my struggling,
    'Tis no longer I, but he;

    All my will is yielded to him,
    And his Spirit reigns within,
    And his precious blood each moment
    Keeps me cleans'd and free from sin. [Chorus]

    All my cares I cast upon him,
    And he bears them all away;
    All my fears and griefs I tell him,
    All my needs from day to day.

    All my strength I draw from Jesus,
    By his breath I live and move;
    E'en his very mind he gives me,
    And his faith, and life, and love. [Chorus]

    For my words I take his wisdom,
    For my works his Spirit's pow'r,
    For my ways his gracious Presence
    Guards and guides me ev'ry hour.

    Of my heart he is the Portion,
    Of my joy the ceaseless Spring;
    Saviour, the Sanctifier, Keeper,
    Glorious Lord and coming King. [Chorus]

    Credit: hymnary.org

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    8. “His Eye is on the Sparrow” by Civilla D Martin


    Our constantly fluctuating economy can easily threaten our security, causing us to lose sight of our Provider. As our vision shifts and our anxiety mounts, fear-triggering lies take hold, causing us to place more faith in our checking account or job market than our faithful Father. But such worries weaken our hearts and distort our spiritual vision. This is why Jesus told us not to worry about what we’d eat, drink or wear. Our Heavenly Father, who feeds the birds and clothes the fields with beautiful flowers, knows what we need (Matthew 6).

    In this beloved song, artist Civilla Martin reminds us, the same God who cares for all of creation remains focused on us. “His eye is on the sparrow,” Martin wrote, “and I know He watches over me.”

    Lyrics:

    Why should I feel discouraged,
    Why should the shadows come,
    Why should my heart be lonely,
    And long for heaven, heaven and home,

    When, when Jesus is my portion,
    My constant Friend is He;
    Oh, oh-oh, his eye is on the sparrow,
    And I know He watched, watched it over me.

    I sing because I’m happy (happy)
    I sing because I’m free (free free free)
    For His eye, his eye is on the sparrow,
    And I know, I know He watches over me.

    Credit: lyricfind, isbaptist Toronto

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    9. “A Blessing in Prayer” by E. E. Hewitt


    Oh, the effort Satan will go to in order to distract us from prayer, one of our greatest spiritual weapons. James 5:16 assures us the prayer of a righteous person, which includes all who belong to Christ, is powerful and effective. The Greek word our Bibles translate as “powerful” describes a combative, overcoming force energized by God.

    No matter our struggle, concern, or temptation, may we always first turn to prayer. Because like Hewitt’s hymn states, “There is rest, sweet rest, at the Master’s feet, there is favor now at the mercy seat … There is grace to help in our time of need.” And “when the powers of sin would the soul ensnare, there is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.”

    Lyrics:

    There is rest, sweet rest, at the Master's feet.
    There is favor now at the mercy seat,
    For atoning blood has been sprinkled there.
    There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

    [Refrain]

    There's a blessing in prayer, in believing prayer,
    When our Saviour's name to the throne we bear.
    Then a Father's love will receive us there;
    There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer.

    There is grace to help in our time of need,
    For our Friend above is a Friend indeed.
    We may cast on Him ev'ry grief and care.
    There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer. [Refrain]

    When our songs are glad with the joy of life,
    When our hearts are sad with its ills and strife,
    When the pow'rs of sin would the soul ensnare,
    There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer. [Refrain]

    There is perfect peace tho' the wild waves roll;
    There are gifts of love for the seeking soul,
    Till we praise the Lord in His home so fair.
    There is always a blessing, a blessing in prayer. [Refrain]

    Credit: hymnary.org

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    10. “Heaven is My Home” by Thomas R. Taylor


    When trials hit, we may feel as if our hardships will never end. And Satan, seeking ever to discourage and defeat us, will whisper much the same. “Your pain will last forever,” he says. “Why keep fighting, enduring? Relief will never come.”

    But we know those statements are lies. While our heartache may seem unending, Scripture promises, one day Christ will return to pluck us out of this dark and sin-cursed land. Our pain might feel relentless, never-ending, but even so, our hope of heaven remains.

    May Taylor’s lyrics bolster our hearts as we sing, “I’m but a stranger here, Heaven is my home; Earth is a desert drear; heaven is my home.”

    Scripture tells us God inhabits the praises of His people. When we raise our voices to the King of kings, His presence surrounds and fills us, reminding us of who we are in Him and all He has given us. We’re not helpless, alone or powerless against all of Satan’s attacks. Rather, we’re empowered, protected, and victorious in Christ. As we reflectively echo the hymns sung in churches across the nation, may we remember and rest in these truths.

    Lyrics: 

    I'm but a stranger here,
    Heaven is my home;
    Earth is a desert drear;
    Heaven is my home:

    Danger and sorrow stand
    Round me on every hand;
    Heaven is my fatherland,
    Heaven is my home.

    What though the tempest rage,
    Heaven is my home;
    Short is my pilgrimage,
    Heaven is my home:

    And time's wild wintry blast
    Soon shall be overpast;
    I shall reach home at last,
    Heaven is my home.

    There at my Saviour's side,
    Heaven is my home;
    I shall be glorified,
    Heaven is my home.

    There are the good and blest,
    Those I love most and best;
    And there I too shall rest,
    Heaven is my home.

    Therefore I murmur not,
    Heaven is my home;
    Whate'er my earthly lot,
    Heaven is my home:

    And I shall surely stand
    There at my Lord's right hand:
    Heaven is my fatherland,
    Heaven is my home.

    Credit: The Scottish Festival Singers, hymnary.org

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    Jennifer Slattery is a writer and speaker who hosts the Faith Over Fear podcast. She’s addressed women’s groups, Bible studies, and writers across the nation. She’s the author of Building a Family and numerous other titles and maintains a devotional blog at JenniferSlatteryLivesOutLoud.com.

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