Many things I’ve wrestled with on and off for most of my life have been on my mind in these passing days of Winter; big things, difficult things, eternal things. I seem to revisit old wounds, past failures, and uncertainties every year when the days turn dreary and thick, cold, gray clouds come to stand between us and the warm golden glow of the Summer’s sun.
As I’ve pondered these old things this go around and spent time praying and asking the Lord for wisdom, an old song has eased its way up from my heart and settled into my mind, imprinting truth and peace in a place where they are welcomely embraced. “What more can He say, than to you He hath said, Ye who unto Jesus for refuge have fled.” Those are the words that first came to mind, but I want to share more for anyone who needs a reminder of what matters most and what has already been settled for all time, as I often do.
“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, Ye who unto Jesus for refuge have fled. In every condition, in sickness and health, In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth, At home or 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; I- I am thy God, and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee help thee and cause thee to stand, upheld by my righteous Omnipotent hand.The soul that on Jesus doth lean for repose, I will not, I will not desert to his foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake.”
How blessed I am to have grown up with these old hymns, rooted as they are in the eternal truths of scripture, they are a lovely companion on the journey down through life’s many valleys. They are a reminder of God’s faithfulness and of His unfailing promises. He will never, no never, no never forsake…
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.”