This song presents a triumphant, even defiant view of life, death, and affliction. Henry Lyte understood the function of trials in the believer’s life. 2 Timothy 3:12 declares that “all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,” and James 1:2 encourages us to “consider it all joy when you encounter various trials.” Instead of worrying when trials loom over us, we should rejoice because it is the very evidence that God is at work in us. But even though we are instructed to take joy in trials, we are still to long to be free from sin and its effects. Verse two reminds us not to seek comfort from our trials in this world but in the next – the city where we have permanent residency, heaven. It is possible to have so much confidence in our destination because of our union with Christ that we can even taunt Satan and his army. As the song says “so let Satan’s army assail me full force.” The amazing truth is that even Satan’s plans to destroy us serve at the pleasure of the sovereign Lord of all who orchestrates every circumstance to bring us closer to glory. And the certainty of that glory is found in our union with Christ, that we have died with Him and are hidden in Him (Colossians 3).