This hymn is short, sweet, and simple. So much so that I think we sometimes take for granted, or even overlook, its profound meaning.
The words of the hymn basically amount to an “if/then” statement. IF we keep the commandments, THEN He (Heavenly Father) will send blessings. Just as with any other “if/then” statement, we cannot expect the result to come before or without the condition being met. We must keep the commandments if we desire to receive all of the blessings available to us.
So how does one “keep the commandments?” First of all, we must realize that everything Heavenly Father tells us to do is a commandment, not just the ten rules on Moses’ stone tablets. He commands us to be as little children, to forgive, to serve and love one another. These commandments are less cut and dry than “Thou shalt not kill” and can be much harder to obey. Forgiveness, especially, can be very difficult at times. However, we need to do our best to at least keep these commandments in our hearts and our minds. We need to make them a part of us to the point that, even when it is difficult, we still know what we need to do. And then we must do it.
This brings us to the “then” part of the statement. Our part is to keep the commandments. Heavenly Father fulfills his part of the deal by sending blessings. Keeping in mind that he has already blessed you with a physical body and countless other things, He will send more blessings if you do your part. Isn’t that amazing?
While the hymn promises that there is safety and peace in keeping the commandments, I truly believe that the blessings He will send are separate. By keeping the commandments, we bring peace and safety to our own lives. That’s just the nature of the commandments given by a loving God who wants us to be happy. I believe that, in addition to providing us with a way to live our lives in a safe, peaceful manner, He will send even greater blessings as a reward for keeping them.
This conditional statement comes from the “words of a prophet.” We are taught in D&C 1:38 that the words of the prophets are the same as the word of God. Therefore, it is by way of a prophet that Heavenly Father himself has extended the offer of His blessings on the condition of our obedience. When I think of it that way, it makes me want to try even harder to do His will.