Hymns about Jesus Walking on the Water

This is a selection of hymns based on the story of Jesus walking on the water (Matthew 14: 22-33).

It includes hymns:
  • which have one or more verse specifically based on this story 
  • which use the metaphor of sinking or drowning an being saved by Jesus' hand
  • about safety at sea and on the water
but not hymns about other related topics, eg faith, trust. 

The list has two sections:  Free-use (either copyright has expired, or the author has allowed them to be freely used) and still subject to copyright and so can only be used if you are covered by a copyright license.

Both children's and adults hymns / songs are in each list, because except for the youngest of children, it is hard to draw a clear distinction between them.

Image based on a painting by Virgilio Mattoni (1842-1923)

About the story of Jesus walking on the water

In this story, Jesus sends the disciples by boat across the lake. He stays, dismisses the crowd and prays. Later at night, he sees the boat a distance from land, buffeted by the waves with the wind against it.  Just before dawn he walks on the lake out to the disciples They see him and are terrified, thinking he is a ghost.  Jesus responds “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

Peter challenges him “Lord, if it’s you, tell me to come to you on the water” and Jesus replies “Come” 
So Peter walks on the water toward Jesus - but then he sees the wind, is afraid and, begins sinking, crying “Lord, save me!”

Jesus reaches out and catches Peter saying “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”  Then they climb into the boat and the wind dies down.  The disciples in boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

It is similar, but also notably different to the story of Jesus calming the storm found in Mathew 8:23-27.

Songs and hymns which may be freely used

Be Not Afraid (Fear not the gloom of [the] midnight) - Parker

Dear Lord and Father of Mankind (verse 2)
Dear Savior, Stretch Thy Loving Arms - Smith

Fierce Raged Over the Tempest Deep - Thring

I Sought the Lord and Afterward I Knew - Ingelow
It Is I (When waves of trouble round me swell) - Elliot
It Is I (When Galilee was raging with a great tumultuous storm) - Warren
It Is I; Be Not Afraid - Smith

Jesus Calls Us, O'er the Tumult - Alexander
Jesus, Lover of My Soul - Wesley
Jesus, Saviour, Pilot Me - Hopper

Living by Faith (If on a quiet sea toward heaven we calmly sail) - Toplady
Looking Upwards in a Storm (The billows swell, the winds are high) - Cowper
Love Lifted Me (I was sinking deep in sin, far from the peaceful shore) - Rowe

O Savior, Rescue Me - Cole
O Sing a Song of Bethlehem  (verse 3)
O Thou that on the Billow - Cousin
O Where Is He That Trod the Sea? - Lynch

Peace, It Is I (Fierce was the wild billow, dark was the night) - Neale

Stand By Me - Tindley

The Disciples at Sea (Constrained by their Lord to embark) - Newton
The Firm Foundation (How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord) - Keith / Keen
Throw Out the Life Line - Ufford
'Tis I, Be Not Afraid - Niles

Why Thus my Soul Cast Down - Montgomery

Hymns and songs which may still be copyright

Fair Wind and the Sky Is Clear - Damon  (set to the tune of SLOOP JOHN B)

He Came Walking On The Water (I was sinking in sin) - unknown

He Came Walking on the Water (in the middle of the night) - Watson (video)

Jesus Walks On Water (All the apostles were in a sailboat) - video  - for children

In Old Galilee When Sweet Breezes Blew (Gariraya no kaze kaoru oka de) -  Befu / Gish 

Oceans (Where Feet May Fall - You call me out upon the waters) - Houston / Crocker

Pedro Va por el Mar (Peter Walks on the Sea) - Schutmaat, transl from Casal

See Him Walk on the Water - Ken Bible (ref)

Walking on Water - popular song by NeedtoBreathe (official video)

Walkin' on the Water - the Donut Man (video) - for children

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