TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Such confidence we have through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant– not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life”  -2 Corinthians 3:4-6

‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His words; Just to rest upon His promise, Just t o know, ‘Thus saith the Lord.’

Chorus: Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him! How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more!

O how sweet to trust in Jesus, Just to trust His cleansing blood: Just in simple faith to plunge me ‘Neath the healing, cleansing blood!

Yes ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus, Just from sin and self to cease; Just from Jesus simply taking Life and rest, and joy and peace

Out of one of the darkest hours of her life-the tragic drowning of her husband-a young mother proclaimed through her tears, ” ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus…and I know that Thou art with me, wilt be with me to the end.” As Louisa Stead, her husband, and their little daughter were enjoying an ocean side picnic one day, a drowning boy cried for help. Mr. Stead rushed to save him but was pulled under by the terrified boy. Both drowned as Louisa and her daughter watched helplessly.

During the sorrowful days that followed, the words of this hymn came from the grief stricken wife’s heart. Soon after this, Mrs. Stead and her daughter left for missionary work in South Africa. After more than 25 years of fruitful service, Louisa was forced to retire because of ill health. She died a few years later in Southern Rhodesia. Her fellow missionaries had always loved ” ‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus” and wrote this tribute after her death:

“We miss her very much but her influence goes on as about five thousand native Christians continually sing this hymn in their native language. Out of a deep human tragedy early in her life, Louisa Stead learned to trust simply in her Lord.”

Many people, including me, have trusted Jesus Christ in times of need, and He has proved Himself by miraculously meeting the needs. He never disappoint those who genuinely trust in Him. In spite of his predicament, the Psalmist in Psalm 22 recounted how God had saved those that trusted in Him. No wonder, Louisa Stead could write, “Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him; how I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er! Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus! O for grace to trust Him more.”

What is your predicament? Does it seem that God has forsaken you? Have you put your total trust in Jesus Christ? He will meet you at the point of your need. Trust Him! You will sing like Louisa Stead, “TIS SO SWEET TO TRUST IN JESUS.”

Prayer point: Ask God to let you hear His voice when He calls.

JESUS CALLS US

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”  -Jeremiah 33:3

Jesus calls us over the tumult of our life’s wild, restless, sea; Day by day His sweet voice soundeth, saying, “Christian, follow me! ”

As of old Saint Andrew heard it by the Galilean lake, Turned from home and toil and kindred, Leaving all for Jesus’ sake

Jesus calls us! By Thy mercies, Savior may we hear Thy call, Give our hearts to Thine obedience, Serve and love Thee best of all

Cecil Frances Alexander was an outstanding young woman by virtue of ability, education, and service. While still quite young, she and her sister operated a school for the deaf, and she also published a highly successful book of hymns for children—designating the profits for the benefits of the school. She married William Alexander, an Anglican clergyman who later became the Anglican Archbishop of Ireland. Impressed by her hymns, he asked her to write a hymn for use during a coming Sunday worship based on the call of Simon, Andrew, James, and John (Matthew 4:18-22; Mark 1: 16-18).

She wrote this hymn “Jesus Calls Us” for that occasion. She wrote 400 hymns during her lifetime—mostly children’s hymns— but “Jesus Calls Us” and “All Things Bright and Beautiful” are the best known.

The first verse of this hymn begins, “Jesus calls us over the tumult of our life’s wild, restless, sea”— acknowledging the call of those first disciples by the Sea of Galilea. A recurring theme is “Christian, love me more”— “Christian, love me more than these”—”serve and love thee best of all.”

Those words were inspired by John 21:15, where Jesus, after the resurrection, asked Peter, “Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these?” The hymn therefore acknowledges Jesus’ claim, not only over the lives of those first four disciples, but over the lives of every Christian. From the beginning, God’s plan for our life has been to “rise up” just as Jesus did. If we are going to rise up and do anything for God, we have to take charge and control our lives.

God has already given us everything that He is going to give. He has given us His best to help us Rise Up. He has given us Jesus. God has done His part. Now we need to do our part. One way for us to do our part, is by going to a Church that teaches His word and fellowshipping with believers.

 

Prayer point: Ask God to let you hear His voice when He calls.

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SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

 

 

 

WHAT IS WISDOM?

SCRIPTURE

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and instruction. – Proverbs 1:7

INTRODUCTION

We often think of wisdom as intelligence, but we would be mistaken to bring that definition to this literature. When we look at the vast number of topics covered under the heading of “wisdom,” it is easy to despair of finding common ground, for the heading covers artisan skills, scientific knowledge, etiquette, philosophy, psychology, politics, sociology and jurisprudence, just to name a few. Furthermore, the text insists on more than one occasion that the “fear of the Lord” is the beginning or foundation of wisdom (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33). Does this suggest that none of those disciplines could be successfully engaged without fear of the Lord?

BIBLICAL VIEW

As we consider the way that people thought in the ancient world, perhaps we can best capture the Biblical way of understanding all of this by thinking in terms of worldview integration. In the ancient world, including Israel, order was an important value.

  • Creation brought order to the cosmos;
  • Law brought order to society;
  • Etiquette brought order to human relationships;
  • Politics brought order to governance and authority.

Ancient wisdom can then be understood as the pursuit of understanding and preserving order in the world. Wisdom is present when order is perceived, pursued and preserved. The people of the day wanted their worldview to fit together like a puzzle — fully integrated, with each piece placed in proper relation to the others. They saw the fear of the Lord as the keystone to this integration process. To “fear the Lord” means to take His person and role seriously.

Order in the cosmos could only be understood through acknowledgment of the One who brought order. Order could only be preserved in society and in life by understanding God’s requirements and expectations. In this way, wisdom can be seen to transcend the basic knowledge or skill related to particular disciplines.

A fool (or any of the other synonyms used to describe such a person): was one who brought disorder into any of the pertinent realms by their behavior or thinking. Furthermore, a fool would be one who did not fear the Lord and therefore tried to find coherence in something or someone else — usually themselves.

THE FEAR OF THE LORD

A reverent awe (holy wonder and respect) of God’s power, majesty, authority and holiness produces in us a godly fear of disobeying or ignoring what He has revealed to us in His Word. This attitude is essential to gaining true wisdom that makes a difference in our thoughts and behaviours. It keeps us from doing things that will destroy us spiritually. The New Testament indicates that a true fear of the Lord in our hearts will be joined by the comfort of the Holy Spirit.

THE FEAR OF THE LORD IS THE BEGINNING OF WISDOM, AND KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY ONE IS UNDERSTANDING. – Proverbs 9:10

Are you a mocker or a wise person? You can tell by the way we respond to criticism. If we are truly wise people who want to please God, we will accept correction. Constructive challenges orr correction from a friend, family member or pastor are some of the ways God uses to mold and strengthen our character according to His plans.

Learning from our critics; is certainly the path to wisdom. Wisdom begins with knowing God. He gives insight into living because He created life. To know God we must not just know the facts about Him; we must have a personal relationship with Him. Do you really want to be wise? Get to know God better and better.

THE FEAR OF THE LORD TEACHES A MAN WISDOM, AND HUMILITY COMES BEFORE HONOUR. – PROVERBS 15:33

If we love wisdom and seek the favor of God and men, then here are the rules for our lives: We need to humble yourself before God and men in the fear of God.

What is humility? It is the knowledge that we are very fallible, very foolish, and very weak. It is the willingness to reject our own thoughts and opinions in order to be taught by God or men wiser than ourselves. It is the ability to take correction, confess our faults, and change our methods based on the instruction of others. It is the discipline to keep our mouths shut, to avoid the conflicts of others, and to forgive their offences against us.

The importance of these two prerequisites cannot be overstated. Moses taught the fear of the Lord (Deuteronomy 10:12), and so did Joshua (Joshua 24:14), Samuel (I Samuel 12:14,20,24), David (Psalm 34:9-11), and Solomon (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). It was the conclusion of Solomon’s experimentation where he states that the whole duty of man is the fear of God: without it we cannot even get started.

When we fear the Lord, we have no fear of man, which corrupts the hearts of most men (Proverbs 29:25). If peer pressure does not bother us, and if threats do not intimidate us, then we will be proportionately wiser by not wasting mental effort or making moral compromise based on what others might think or do. Can we grasp this wisdom?

HOW TO BECOME WISE

Wisdom is, in fact, a divine gift that is granted by God to any believer who asks for it. This is the clear teaching of James: If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. – James 1:5

Yet, how many of us ask? How many of us pray? Solomon asked for wisdom and it is this prayer that unlocked the riches of the world. We read in 1 Kings 3:8 – 13 (ESV):

“And your servant is in the midst of your people whom you have chosen, a great people, too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.  Give your servant therefore an understanding mind to govern your people, that I may discern between good and evil, for who is able to govern this your great people?” It pleased the Lord that Solomon had asked this. And God said to him, “Because you have asked this, and have not asked for yourself long life or riches or the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself understanding to discern what is right, behold, I now do according to your word. Behold, I give you a wise and discerning mind, so that none like you has been before you and none like you shall arise after you. I give you also what you have not asked, both riches and honor.”

The wisdom that we need has three distinct characteristics:

  1. It is Practical. The wisdom from God relates to life even during the most trying times. It is not wisdom isolated from suffering and trials. This wisdom is the tool by which trials are overcome. An intelligent person may have profound ideas, but a wise person puts profound ideas into action. Intelligence will allow someone to describe several reasons why the car broke down. The wise person chooses the most likely reason and proceeds to take action.

 

  1. It is Divine. God’s wisdom goes beyond common sense. Common sense does not lead us to choose joy in the middle of trials. This wisdom begins with respect for God, leads to living by God’s direction, and results in the ability to tell right from wrong.

 

 

  1. It is Christlike. Asking for wisdom is ultimately asking to be like Christ. The Bible identifies Christ as the “wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24; 2:1-7)

CONCLUSION

Yes, wisdom is a bountiful blessing that is available to all. We have only to go to the Lord God and ask for this wisdom. As Paul prayed that the Colossians be granted wisdom, so I also pray for those who read this:

“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding” – Colossians 1:9-10 (ESV).

Let us always remember that Jesus is the fullness of God’s wisdom. To receive the anointing of wisdom, then, is, in some way, to know the mind of God and to draw close to the one who is wisdom incarnate, even Jesus Christ our Lord:

“but we preach Christ crucified: a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to Gentiles, but to those whom God has called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God.”-1 Corinthians 1:23-24.

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A REFINER AND PURIFIER

SCRIPTURE

He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver; He will purify the Levites and refine them like gold and silver. Then the Lord will have men who will bring offerings in righteousness – Malachi 3:3

INTRODUCTION

God’s goal for every redeemed soul this side of heaven is spiritual purity and growth. He longs to cleanse us of those spiritual “germs” that ultimately would rob us of purity. That’s why our faith is sometimes “tried with fire” as Peter suggests in 1 Peter 1:7, “These have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honour when Jesus Christ is revealed.”

Indeed, God is ever drawing us closer to the fire of His purifying essence so we would be more like Him.  And surely there is much within the nature of us all that needs purifying!!

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God as we read in Romans 3:23. And even after we’ve surrendered our lives to Christ, there are frequent reminders that each of us is human. Most can identify with the bumper sticker that reads, “Lead me not into temptation. I can find it for myself!” I’m sure all committed Christians would agree: We need a cleansing, purifying agent to help us grow. And in Jesus’ name, our Refiner and Purifier, we will find this agent!

KNOWING THIS NAME

It is Malachi who paints a picture of our Lord, a Refiner and Purifier. He gives this description in a prophecy meant to deal with complaining people who had forgotten God’s faithfulness. This scene from the final book of the Old Testament is one of stagnation. It is a scene revealing people who are accustomed to being around godliness, but unwilling to grow up. Yet, amid this picture of a passive people who resist the correction of the Lord, God’s promise rings out: “The Lord… will suddenly come to His temple!” – Malachi 3:1. George Frideric Handel used this scripture in one of the pieces in his epic oratorio Messiah. He declares that a visitation of His presence is coming, and it will be as purging and purifying as when a refiner works with precious metals. The prophecy proclaims, “He will be like refiner’s fire or a launderer’s soap” – Malachi 3:2. In short, the Lord committed Himself to work with a people who would allow Him to grow them up! And now, as then, He seeks saints who are willing to permit Him to refine their character as well as purify their lives.

LIVING THIS NAME

The two images presented in this title of our Lord, fire and soap warmly invite our trust and gently urge us to let the Lord have His way in our lives – all day long, not just in the prayer closet. We need to live in the dual reality that Christ is our Refiner and Purifier.

First, the figure of a launderer’s soap brings to mind the everyday process of washing clothes. We’ve all watched what happens when we put clothing in the water, add soap, and then start the washer. Given time, the mere presence of the soap will penetrate and cleanse the clothing.

Second, the image of a metal refiner in Malachi 3:3 depicts our Lord’s gentleness. The soap works with strength; the refiner works with sensitivity. Metal, even such precious substances as gold and silver, is refined by removing the impurities. This is done by melting the metal. As a result of the melting, the impurities (or “dross”) rise to the surface. Then the refiner carefully draws this dross off the top, patiently working until a perfect, mirrorlike quality exists on the surface of the molten metal. If too much temperature is applied, the metal will burn; if too little, all the impurities will not be removed. Thus the finest refiner is the one who sensitively applies just enough heat to complete the task, and who exercises all the patience needed to remove each impurity until the clarity of the surface literally mirrors the image of the refiner.

PRAYING THIS NAME

Although God’s purifying power works continuously, it is during prayer that we become quietly conscious of its full reality. When we pray in Jesus’ name, our Refiner and Purifier, we sensitize our awareness to the gentle “searchings” of the Holy Spirit, allowing Him to surface these secret sins during prayer. Never be afraid to allow the Lord, through your prayers, to burn away that which hinders His glory from reflecting through you. Let’s petition God today for a new transparency in Jesus’ name, our Refiner and Purifier.

TODAY’S PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, today I want to live in the resources of Your personal ministry as my Refiner and Purifier. I choose to allow You to grow me up! Right now, I openly expose those places where sin infests my thoughts, my habits, my living. I not only ask for Your forgiveness, I invite Your presence like cleansing soap. Launder my soul, my mind – today. And Lord, wherever the fire of refinement needs to be brought to bear upon my being, I open to Your gentle ministry. Remove all dross. Take out whatever cheapens the treasured quality of Your eternal workings in me. And, dear Saviour, don’t stop until Your image can be seen. For I pray this in Your name, my Refiner and Purifier. Amen

HALLOWING THIS NAME

  1. Holy – Isaiah 6:3; 57:15
  2. Holy and Reverend – Psalm 111:9
  • Holy and True – Revelation 6:10
  1. Holy One and the Just – Acts 2:27; 3:14
  2. Holy One of Israel – Isaiah 49:7
  3. Jehovah-Mekaddishkem (The Lord Our Sanctifier) – Leviticus 20:8
  • Jesus Christ the Righteous – 1 John 2:1
  • Lamb without Blemish – 1 Peter 1:19

 

Source: Excerpted with permission from the book “Living & Praying In Jesus’ Name” by Dick Eastman & Jack Hayford, from which we will be sharing some more of the names of Jesus.

 

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FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, where unto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.” -1 Timothy 6:12

Fight the good fight with all thy might; Christ is thy strength, and Christ thy right; Lay hold on life; and it shall be thy joy and crown eternally

Run the straight race through God’s good grace, Lift up thine eyes, and see His face; Life with its way before us lies, Christ is the path, and Christ the prize

Cast care aside, lean on thy guide, His boundless mercy will provide; Trust, and the trusting soul shall prove Christ is its life, and Christ its love

John Monsell published a hymnal in 1863 titled “Love and Praise for the Church Year.” In that song book, this hymn first appeared under the title “The Fight for Faith.” This respected man of the pulpit was also known as a strong advocate of vigorous congregational singing, constantly persuading his people that congregational singing should be fervent and joyous.

“We are too distant and reserved in our praises,” he would say. “We sing, but not as we should sing to Him who is the Chief among the thousand, altogether lovely!” Perhaps there is a stronger relationship between our times of joyous praise and our ability to “fight the good fight” than we generally realize.

As Christians, one of our chief characteristics should be courage, especially when it involves our spiritual defense of the Gospel. How easily however our noble intentions for this kind of fortitude are changed into attitudes of despair and defeat because of annoying circumstances, because of disappointment in others.

To avoid these courage-defeating forces, we must have our “inner man” renewed daily with spiritual nourishment. We cannot be truly strong if we do not gain the inner strength that comes from God through consistent times of prayer and study of His holy Word.

Prayer point: Commit all your battles in the hands of the Lord. The battle is the Lord’s.

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SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

PRAISE TO THE LORD, THE ALMIGHTY

SCRIPTURE TEXT: “Who is like You among the gods, O LORD? Who is like You, majestic in holiness, awesome in praises, working wonders?”-Exodus 15:11

Praise to then Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation! O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation! All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near; Praise Him in glad adoration

Praise to the Lord, who over all things so wondrously reigneth, shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth! Hast thou not seen how thy desires ever have been granted in what He ordaineth?

Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee; surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee. Ponder anew what the Almighty can do, if with His love befriend thee

Jesus never downgrades our troubles or compares us with anyone else. He never tells us, “If you think you have trouble then you should see the trouble your neighbor is having.” No, He cares about each of our needs as if we were the only one on earth with a problem.

However, He also know how miserable it can be for us when we wallow in despair. He has given to us the perfect way out of the prison of trouble; it is the very key that unlocks the door to the cell of loneliness, frustration and self-pity. It is called praise. This goes deep against the grain of human nature that the very idea really does sound ridiculous.

Praise and thanksgiving smack middle of trouble sounds almost like, well, just weird. But nevertheless, some of the greatest miracles and blessings have been born out of this simple yet effective solution. There are more examples in the Bible that i can count where praise has dulled if not completely erased trouble.

David seemed to be a magnet of trouble but through it was born most of the book of Palms. Paul and Silas were thrown into prison for doing good and preaching the word of God. If anyone had the right to feel sorry for themselves it was Paul Silas. But instead of crying out about their troubles they began to pray and sing. The earth began to quake and the jail doors open. The jailer was about to commit suicide but stopped after he was told that none of the prisoners fled. He and his whole household became believers all because of the act of praise

Prayer point: Praise God for who He is.

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SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

IMMORTAL INVISIBLE GOD ONLY WISE

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen.” -1 Timothy 1:17

Immortal, Invisible, God only wise, In light inaccessible hid from our eyes, Most blessed, most glorious, the Ancient of days, Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise

Unresting unhasting, and silent as light, nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might; Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above Thy clouds, which re fountains of goodness and love.

Great Father of glory, pure Father of light, Thine angels adore Thee, all veiling their sight; All praise we would render; O help us to see ‘Tis only the splendor of light hideth Thee!

This hymn was written by Walter Chalmers Smith, a pastor of the Free Church of Scotland, in the late 19th century. It is based on 1Timothy 1:17, which in the King James Version says: “Now unto the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only wise God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen”

It tries to express the inexpressible the nature of God—and so it uses words like this: “In light inaccessible hid from our eyes” that are mysterious as well as beautiful. “Light inaccessible”. Why would anyone refer to God as “light inaccessible”? The Scriptures, particularly the Psalms, speak of God as light: “God is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear” (Psalm 27:1). “Let the light of your face shine upon us” (Psalm 4:6).

But why “light inaccessible”? Perhaps, if the light of God were to shine upon us full force, it would consume us. Perhaps we could not stand to see the full glory of God until we see Him face to face in Heaven. There are other interesting phrases “silent light” I think of light as bright or dim or as expressing a particular color, but I had never thought of it as silent but, of course, light is silent.

This hymn speaks of God as “unresting, unhasting, and a silent light.” How can God be unresting and unhasting on one hand, but silent on the other hand? That line reminds us that God is always at work in our lives but that God’s presence in our lives is often so subtle that we can fail to perceive it. If you would like to do a thoughtful, quiet meditation, sit quietly for a half hour reading the words of this hymn; they are powerful.

Prayer point:  Let us give praises due  God to Him.

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SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

NEAR TO THE HEART OF GOD

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Come near to God and He will come near. Wash your hands, you sinner, and purify your hearts, you double minded.” -James 4:8

There is a place of quiet rest Near to the heart of God, A place where sin cannot molest,
Near to the heart of God

Chorus: O Jesus, blest Redeemer, sent from the heart of God, hold us who wait before Thee, Near to the heart of God

There is a place of comfort sweet near to the heart of God, A place where we our Savior meet, near to the heart of God

There is a place of full release near to the heart of God, A place where all joy and peace, near the heart of God.

While he was serving as a pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Chicago, Dr. McAfee was stunned to hear the shocking news that his two beloved nieces had just died from diphtheria. Turning to God and the scriptures, McAfee soon felt the lines and tune of this hymn flow from his grieving heart.

On the day of the double funeral, he stood outside the quarantined home of his brother, Howard, singing these words as he choked back tears. The following Sunday the hymn was repeated by the choir of McAfee’s church.

It soon became widely known and has since ministered comfort and spiritual healing to many of God’s people in times of need.

It is not easy burying one loved one, let alone two people at a go. I understand the feelings of the author Cleland B. McAfee who lost two nieces at a go to diphtheria, a very contagious disease. But as we observe funerals, as our loved ones depart at the river of death, we ought to ask ourselves if we have prepared to meet our creator when we are called to respond to the roll call of death.

Prayer point:  Ask God to be near to you all times.

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SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

ALL THE WAY MY SAVIOR LEADS ME

SCRIPTURE TEXT: For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgement of God rather than burnt offerings.” -Hosea 6:6

All the way my Savior leads me- what have I to ask beside? Can I doubt His tender mercy, Who through life has been my guide? Heavenly peace, divinest comfort, here by faith in Him to dwell! For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well; For I know, whate’er befall me, Jesus doeth all things well.

All the way my Savior leads me- Cheers each winding path I tread, gives me grace for every trial, feeds me  with the living bread. Though my weary steps may falter and my soul a-thirst may be, gushing from the Rock before, Lo! A spring of joy I see; gushing from the Rock before me, Lo! A spring of joy I see.

This beloved hymn came from the grateful heart of Fanny Crosby after she had received a direct answer to her prayer. One day when she desperately needed five dollars and had no idea where she could obtain it, Fanny followed her usual custom and began to pray about the matter.

A few minutes later a stranger appeared at her door with the exact amount. I have no way of accounting for this, she said, except to believe that God put it into the heart of this good man to bring the money. My first thought was that it is so wonderful the way the Lord leads me, and I immediately wrote the poem.

Prayer point: Pray and ask God to lead you.

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SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS

FATHER, WHATE’ER OF EARTHLY BLISS

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” -Matthew 11:28

1. Father, whate’er of earthly bliss Thy Sov’reign will denies, Accepted at Thy throne of grace, let this petition rise:

2. Give me calm, a thankful heart, from ev’ry murmur free The blessings of Thy grace impart, and let me live to Thee

3. Let the sweet hope that Thou art mine, my life and death attend Thy presence though my journey shine, and crown my journey’s end

Anne Steele was one of the most gifted women hymnists of the eighteenth century. However, her personal life was filled with tragedy. Her mother died when she was only three years old; she became an invalid at the age of nineteen due to a hip injury; and her fiancée drowned the day before their wedding.

Out of her suffering, Anne began writing poetry. In 1760, her collected poems were submitted for publication in a work titled, Poems on Subject Chiefly Devotional. The three verses in this song are from a ten-stanza poem in this collection titled “Desiring Resignation and Thankfulness.”

If we could capture the natural affection that we feel towards our children and multiply it by infinity, perhaps then, we could begin to comprehend the incredible Father’s heart that God has towards us. He wants to give us so much more than our earthly parents ever could, if we would simply come to Him in childlike faith and ask Him, He will forgive us! He is inviting us “come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”- Matthew 11:28

Prayer point: May God arise and show Himself mighty in every situation.

STAY BLESSED
SOURCE: INSPIRING STORIES BEHIND OUR BEST-LOVED HYMNS