The thermostat on my wall
Just seems to hang out there
Withno concern at all;
It hasn’t a single care.
Unlike the thermometer
Tracking inside and out:
Thermostat controls the heat:
That’s what it’s all about.
So it is with God’s elect,
Called to change atmospere;
To have a profound effect
On people far and near.
We are not called to follow
The fads that come along;
But as we God to all show,
We strengthen the Spirit’s song.
So rise up each righteous one:
Let Jesus shine through you;
As brightly as the sun,
In God’s glorious love and truth.
This is what Psalm 91 guarantees us. Each declaration is written in the first person; feel free to read it aloud to yourself and your household:
God is my refuge. I trust in Him and am safe.
God’s faithful promises are my armor and protection.
God’s huge, outstretched arms protect me; under them, I am perfectly safe.
He fends off all harm.
Even though others succumb all around me, I will be safe.
Evil can’t get close to me; harm can’t get through the door.
God commands His angels to protect me wherever I go.
His angels catch me and keep me from falling.
God gives me the best of care.
God is at my side in the hardest of times.
My God rescues and honors me.
God gives me a long life.
He gives me a long drink of salvation.
And one from Psalm 112:
My heart is secure.
(Developed from the Message Bible’s translation of Psalms 91 and 112)
Precious is the faith of a child,
With joyful believing
And open receiving;
They blithely declare without doubt.
Deeper still is the faith of one
Who knows disappointment,
A heart in sorrow bent;
Who declares with strong conviction.
Jesus believes in you;
He has from the very beginning,
Even before you could find a single reason
To believe in yourself.
And if He who knows all
Has such great and wonderful confidence,
Wouldn’t you do well
To agree with Him?
It is impossible to read or watch the news these days without being assaulted by stories of murder, terror, disasters, tragedy and everything else that is negative or hurtful. That even goes for me: I read through headlines on one site; then I’m done.
With all of these troubles in mind, I give you the perspective of an old hymn:
God’s love is everlasting:
It will never end,
Even if we stray
And don’t turn to Him again.
God’s love is deeply knowing:
He sees every part
Of how we are made,
The true nature of each heart.
God’s love is freely given:
Not for us to earn;
It’s the expression
Of fire that will ever burn.
God’s love is poured out on you:
One so dear to Him;
Held close to His heart
In light that will never dim.
This beautiful piece was written by Felix Mendelssohn. It’s part of his oratorio, “Elijah”
It comes from Psalm 121
I’m learning it for Sacred Music, a recital in May. Mine is the second soprano part.
Trust in the Lord,
Redeemer of your soul;
Unfailing in His love;
Savior who makes you whole;
Trust, yes lean on the Lord.
Times may seem hard;
Unfaithful words and deeds
Saying there’s no one to care;
Trust, oh lean on the Lord.
True ways are His;
Revelation and light;
Unveiling His blessing
So great His glory bright;
Trust, yes lean on the Lord!
My confidence comes from knowing I’m loved
By God the Most High Creator,
Who made the earth and heavens above;
Besides Him, there is no one greater.
My confidence comes from Jesus my Lord,
Most precious Lover of my soul,
My Savior, Redeemer, Living Word
Who heals and blesses so that I’m whole.
My confidence comes through the Comforter,
Holy Spirit, Helper and Guide,
A constant Presence I hear and know;
In Whom I most gratefully abide.
My confidence comes as I live in God,
Who gives me life and breath each day;
His loving arms support and hold me;
He keeps me safe, driving fear away.