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|1-How long wilt thou forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long wilt thou hide thy face from me?|
2-How long shall I take counsel in my soul, having sorrow in my heart daily? how long shall mine enemy be exalted over me?
3-Consider and hear me, O LORD my God: lighten mine eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death;
4-Lest mine enemy say, I have prevailed against him; and those that trouble me rejoice when I am moved.
5-But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.
6-I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.
|This old hymn is on my heart this morning and it is what I want to give to you. Written by Edward Mote in the 1800s. "My hope is built on nothing less, Than Jesus’ blood and righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand. When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;|
In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil. His oath, His covenant, His blood support me in the whelming flood; When all around my soul gives way, He then is all my hope and stay. When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh, may I then in Him be found; Dressed in His righteousness alone, Faultless to stand before the throne. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; All other ground is sinking sand, All other ground is sinking sand." Amen!!
|Waiting has never been one of my strongest virtues. I've often thought of myself like the person who is okay for God to do the work, but just be fast about it. I guess we're all like that, aren't we? We are dealing with a situation now that we are forced to slow down. We can't make this situation move any quicker and it seems as though it creeps along so slowly. It reminds of what the psalmist says in Psalm27:14-Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart:wait, I say, on the LORD. Easier said than done, right? But the blessing that comes is worth it. He shall strengthen our hearts. It means to establish, fortify or make strong. I don't know about you, but that is exactly what I need during these days. For Him to make strong my heart. Waiting isn't easy, but the benefits of it will be the reward of gaining His strength within.
|Paul wrote in Galatians 6:14-But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ. It was Fanny Crosby that wrote the words, "In the cross, in the cross, be my glory ever; till my raptured soul shall find rest beyond the river." The cross reveals the amazing love that God has for sinners. Were it not for the cross, we would have no way of salvation. Billy Graham once said, "Once you have been to the cross, you will never be the same." I thank God today for the cross!|
|We live in this world of sin and sorrow but God has saved us and destined us for a better land. C.S. Lewis once said, "If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world." As the old hymn says, "This world is not my home, I'm just a passin' through." We are made for a better land and some day soon we'll arrive home safe and sound.|
It is often so much easier for us to focus on our difficulty or problem than it is to focus on the Lord. He is in complete control at all times. Nothing slips by Him; He knows all we face and all that we need to deal with it. Max Lucado tells the story of a time when he was with a missionary flying from village to village in the interior of Brazil. The missionary flew a small plane that worried him greatly. He says he wiggled and squirmed; holding on with fear. Finally, the pilot looked at him and said, “We won’t face anything that I can’t handle. You might as well trust me to fly the plane.” (“Anxious for Nothing”, Max Lucado) Maybe that is what you (and I) truly need to do today. We need to realize that there is nothing we won’t face that He can’t handle and just trust Him to see us through.
|Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
|"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength."
|The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock.
|"Jesus: Five letters. Six hours. One cross. Three nails. We live because he does, hope because he works, and matter because he matters. To be saved by grace is to be saved by him--not by an idea, doctrine, creed, or church membership, but by Jesus himself." - Max Lucado from "Jesus, the God Who Knows Your Name"|
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