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A word for the day: “I shall not be moved”

August 20, 2013


The Verse of the Day for August 20 is taken from Psalm 16:8 in the King James Version:

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

Immediately the First Psalm came to mind, the first passage of scripture I ever committed to memory. More than 60 years ago, back in the day, in what we called “junior high school,” I remember that Mrs. Little, the local undertaker’s wife, gathered kids from the neighborhood and told us to memorize Psalm 1, which I did and still recall by heart to this day. Psalm 16:8 brought to mind Psalm 1:3:

 And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.

Psalm 16:8 and Psalm 1:3 merge in the familiar gospel song “I shall not be moved” that is sung by children on this video.

Another version of the song is rendered by the Gaithers at one of their Homecoming celebrations, featuring the lyrics to the song along with other scriptures on this video:


There is a similar exhortation to remain “steadfast and unmovable” found in I Corinthians 15:58 whose message is augmented in the Amplified Bible:

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be firm (steadfast), immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord [always being superior, excelling, doing more than enough in the service of the Lord], knowing and being continually aware that your labor in the Lord is not futile [it is never wasted or to no purpose].

That verse was the inspiration for one of the first scripture memory songs that I ever composed:

Be Steadfast, Unmovable

(I Corinthians 15:58)


Be steadfast, unmovable,

Always abounding in the work of the Lord.

For as much as you that

Your labor’s not in vain in the Lord.


Don’t be discouraged

When mountains block your way.

In times of doubt

He’ll bring you out.

Stand fast, watch and pray.

Repeat Chorus:

When problems press you,

Your back’s against the wall,

Cast fear aside.

God’s on your side.

Keep on standing tall.

Repeat Chorus:

In the darkest night

God will give you a song.

Never give up.

He’ll fill your cup.

Trust God and be strong.

Repeat Chorus:

In the midst of the turbulent times that surround us and seek to overwhelm us, God encourages us to remain steadfast and unmovable.