This past Sunday was full of blessing for me, and I just wanted to share just one of the things that topped it all off and helped me so much, with hopes that it will comfort and strengthen you as powerfully as it did me.
The closing hymn for the evening service was “How Firm A Foundation”. I can’t remember ever actually following the line of thought all the way through before (which is really shameful, considering the number of times I’ve sung it), but it was surely a blessing to do so this time. The first stanza is basically an introduction, drawing our attention to the rich, sweet promises that we have in Scripture. Then each succeeding stanza is written as though our Lord is speaking one of those promises directly to us.
I don’t know about you, but I am often overcome by anxiety and dread about difficult situations the Lord has lovingly allowed in my life. If I am honest, I call that miserable habit by a much uglier name: unbelief-the opposite of faith (belief). As I have thought about it, I’ve come to realize that when I allow myself to dwell on my fears, I’m basically refusing the comfort God offers so lovingly and despising His precious, precious promises. How much better to pour out my soul to Him in prayer, counsel myself (or more accurately, allow Him to counsel me) from His Word, and comfort myself in the Lord my God! Because when I really think about all the amazing things He has promised, truly “What more can He say?”
How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you, who to Jesus for refuge have fled?
“In every condition, in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.”
“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen and help thee, and cause thee to stand
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”
“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.”
“When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie,
My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.”
“The soul that on Jesus has leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to its foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”