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Isaiah 55:8-9

Isaiah 55:8-9

Thursday, April 22, 2021

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

"In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.  6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.  9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him… "
John 1:4-14



Jesus came to a world full of darkness, and only He can overcome it with the Light of His Message, the teachings of His Gospel.  Jesus, our Lord, is the Light of the world, and God’s Word is a lamp and a light that shines in the darkness, directing us to godliness and righteousness.  The light must shine so that we may see what direction to walk amid so much darkness (John 1:4-14). 

The Light, our Lord Jesus, shows us the way and illuminates our path, for it provides the Way.  Thus, we’re obliged to show others (those who live in darkness) the Way to illuminate their path and give them direction.  And though many dwell in darkness, they can still see the Light when it crosses their path. Jesus is the Light, and we must shine as lights in this world of darkness. Jesus warned that salt is useless when it loses its saltiness. Our salt is our influence. If we lose our saving influence, we become useless. So it is with light. If it is not shining and is covered up, it is useless. It is sad when we willfully choose to hide our light! 

The lampstand as the only source of light points directly to Christ, for He is the Light of the world.
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"  (John 8:12)
"As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world."  (John 9:5)

Jesus is the “true light that gives light to everyone” (John 1:9) and the only way for anyone to come to the Father.
"Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."  (John 14:6)

Jesus also calls His church the “light of the world” because He abides in the church.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden."  (Matthew 5:14)
"In him was life, and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it." (John 1:4-5

When Jesus ascended to heaven, the Gospel continued to reveal that same Light.
"And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing. 4 In their case the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. 5 For what we proclaim is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, with ourselves as your servants for Jesus' sake. 6 For God, who said, 'Let light shine out of darkness,' has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.'" (2 Corinthians 4:3-6)

Since we Christians have this light planted in our hearts, we must be light-bearers because we are children of light, not darkness.
"For at one time you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light."(Ephesians 5:8)
"For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness."  (1 Thessalonians 5:5

The church, therefore, must shine the Light of the Gospel, the Light of God, everywhere to both individuals and communities. A church must reflect the Light of God to be the lampstand that God intends it to be. To substitute the Light of God, the teachings or doctrine of Christ for the traditions, creeds, and doctrines of men will only bring darkness.
"Everyone who goes on ahead and does not abide in the teaching of Christ, does not have God. Whoever abides in the teaching has both the Father and the Son."  (2 John 9)

Thus to be the Light of the world, we must preach and teach the Word rightly and faithfully in season and out of season.  The world desperately needs the Light to be guided into the paths of righteousness.  The church holds the Light, for it is the pillar and support of the Truth of God.
"If I delay, you may know how one ought to behave in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, a pillar and buttress of the truth." (1 Tim. 3:15

The Bible overflows with examples that contrast light and darkness, believer and unbeliever through the Book of Revelation. The Bible testifies about Christ and God’s merciful plan of redemption to take mankind out of darkness into His marvelous Light from cover to cover.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light."  (1 Peter 2:9

The Word of God draws us and points us to Christ, for He is the "light of the world" (John 3:19-21; 8:12; 17:17).  Jesus is the eternal Word, the Message of God.  Jesus is the life, and that life is the Light for all people.  He came as a witness to the Light. The world could not see; thus, John was appointed by God to be a witness to the Light.  And though John was not the Light, he was a witness so that all could believe in Jesus through John’s testimony.  The Light shined, illuminating the whole world, for it was not limited.
"You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven."  (Matthew 5:14-16

In verses 14-15, Jesus gives us two illustrations.  
  1. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden.
  2. Christ’s faithful followers must be lamps that give light to all.  

We cannot hide our lamps under a basket. We must put them on a lampstand! The light must give light to all in the house. A true disciple must be a city set on a hill, for they cannot be hidden.
"Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, 'I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.'"  (John 8:12)

To have light is to have life.  God is the Light. His Word is the Light that provides direction and guidance for our lives in the darkness.
"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." (Psalm 119:105)
 
 Jesus is the true Light that enlightens everyone.  Our good works make our light shine brightly amid darkness.  We must shine so that others can see and glorify our Father in heaven.   God stands in contrast to darkness, evil, error, and imperfection. Light determines what is right and what is sin. The Light unveils our spiritual identity.
"I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness." (John 12:46)

It does not matter if one claims to be a follower of Christ.  What really matters is how we’re living our life, reflecting His light.  There is no such thing as a Christian who lives in habitual sin. The Light must change our way of living and compel us to imitate Christ, for He is the Life that must govern our lives!  

We’re walking in darkness when we refuse to follow God’s commands, not walking in the Light.  We have fellowship with God and one another when we walk in the Light.
"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin." (1 John 1:7)

When we walk in the Light, the blood of Jesus cleanses us from all sin.  God’s Grace works with our obedience.
"For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 27 but a fearful expectation of judgment, and a fury of fire that will consume the adversaries."  (Hebrews 10:26-27)

When we stop striving to live righteously as lights, Jesus’ sacrifice for sins no longer remains. Then the blood of Jesus does not cleanse us from our sins.  We cannot claim to walk in the Light ignoring the reality of sin and sinfulness. If we refuse to repent of our sins, we are avoiding the Light, for we’re breaking fellowship with God because He is Light, not darkness. Walking in the Light means admitting our sins and asking for forgiveness. God is faithful and will forgive us if we repent and bear fruits of repentance.
"If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." (1 John 1:9)

 We are a holy nation, called out of darkness into God’s marvelous Light.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.  11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. 12 Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation." (1 Peter 2:9-12)

We must shine our light and keep our conduct honorable amid this crooked and twisted generation. We must walk as children of Light, exhibiting the fruit of Light.  We cannot be lights and behave, talk, dress, and party like the world.  There’s enough darkness in our world already!  So, we must shine as lights and be distinct! In doing this, we can rest assured that we will influence this world of darkness with graciousness in our words and actions (salt) and shine with our good works, pointing them to the Way, Jesus (the Light). 


CONCLUSION:

So, the question at stake is, 
  1. What is the condition of your heart? 
  2. Are you light or darkness? 
  3. Is the light of your lampstand burning brightly?  
  4. Is your light shining amid so much darkness?  
  5. Are others seeing your good works as you shine your light brightly?  
  6. Are you living a righteous life that is distinct from the world?  
  7. Are you hindering the Gospel Message because you are walking in darkness?  
  8. Are you pointing others to Christ, the Light, by your godly example?  
  9. Do people look at your marriage and see a God-glorifying marriage? 
  10. Do people look at your family and see a God-glorifying family? 
  11. Do people look at you at work and see a God-glorifying employee? 
  12. Do people look at you on vacation and see a God-glorifying life? 
  13. Do people look at everything you do, big and small, and see God glorified? 

That is what it means to be the Light of the world!  The Light makes us live radical lives that move people to want to know God, for He is the Light.

"And by this we know that we have come to know him, if we keep his commandments. 4 Whoever says 'I know him' but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him, 5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: 6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.  7 Beloved, I am writing you no new commandment, but an old commandment that you had from the beginning. The old commandment is the word that you have heard. 8 At the same time, it is a new commandment that I am writing to you, which is true in him and in you, because the darkness is passing away and the true light is already shining. 9 Whoever says he is in the light and hates his brother is still in darkness. 10 Whoever loves his brother abides in the light, and in him there is no cause for stumbling. 11 But whoever hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes... 15 Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. 17 And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.'"  (1 John 2:3-13)  

May the light of our lampstand shine brightly amid so much darkness.  May the church hold the Light, for it is the pillar and support of the Truth of God (1 Tim. 3:15).  May others see our good works as we shine our light brightly.  May we point others to Christ, the Light, by our godly example.  May we never extinguish the Gospel Light by walking in darkness.
"But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded; who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ." (2 Corinthians 4:3-6)


Luci


Saturday, April 10, 2021

I'M THE ONE!

 

“And having scourged Jesus, delivered him to be crucified. Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the governor's headquarters, and they gathered the whole battalion before him.28 And they stripped him and put a scarlet robe on him, 29 and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on his head and put a reed in his right hand. And kneeling before him, they mocked him, saying, ‘Hail, King of the Jews!’ 30 And they spit on him and took the reed and struck him on the head. 31 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the robe and put his own clothes on him and led him away to crucify him. 32 As they went out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name. They compelled this man to carry his cross. 33 And when they came to a place called Golgotha (which means Place of a Skull), 34 they offered him wine to drink, mixed with gall, but when he tasted it, he would not drink it.35 And when they had crucified him, they divided his garments among them by casting lots. 36 Then they sat down and kept watch over him there. … 39 And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads … 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, … 44 And the robbers who were crucified with him also reviled him in the same way.”’ 
Matthew 27:24-44



I’ve been thinking a lot about our beloved song, “I’m the One,” and our Lord and Savior's ultimate sacrifice, His scourging and crucifixion. Every time I hear and sing this moving song, I cannot help but be torn up over what our Lord and Savior had to endure at the hands of wicked and lawless men to redeem and reconcile us back to our Father in heaven.  We were dead in our sins and trespasses without hope. Words cannot express the gratitude I feel, but more than words, I must be devoted to a life lived in righteousness in exchange for what my Savior did on Calvary for me. 

The Romans executed their worst criminals by the most cruel form of capital punishment. In Matthew 27:26, we read that the people asked that Pilate release Barabbas, a murderous robber, instead of Jesus. Jesus they scourged and delivered over to be crucified. Scourging was the worse and most cruel form of beating where the one being scourged was tied up and beaten mercilessly with flagellum or rods. Flagellum was some kind of a whip that had parts of bone or metal woven into the ends of leather. The centurion would stop the scourging only when the back was bloody and so severely torn that death was near

After our Lord Jesus was stripped of His garments, a scarlet robe was put on His back, a crown of thorns upon His head, and a reed in His right hand. 

"And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him" (Mark 15:19-20). 


But that was not enough for them, for they kept beating His head with a reed, spitting at Him and mocking Him (kneeling and bowing before Him).

"And those who passed by derided him, wagging their heads 40 and saying, 'You who would destroy the temple and rebuild it in three days, save yourself! If you are the Son of God, come down from the cross.' 41 So also the chief priests, with the scribes and elders, mocked him, saying, 42 'He saved others; he cannot save himself. He is the King of Israel; let him come down now from the cross, and we will believe in him. 43 He trusts in God; let God deliver him now, if he desires him. For he said, ‘I am the Son of God.'"  (Matt. 27:39-43)

After they had mocked Him, they took the purple robe off of Him, and dressed Him again in His old garments. Just pause for a second and imagine you were in Jesus’ place, lacerated and covered with just a piece of cloth. Afterward, when your blood had enough time to clot and mingle with the cloth, the cloth was then removed without care. This brutal action would reopen the wounds. Later on, to make things worse and more painful, you would be dehydrated from the loss of much blood, and beaten to the point of exhaustion. 

You see, it was necessary that our Lord Jesus endure such humiliation and anguish. Imagine our Lord carrying a horizontal beam that weighed more than 100 lbs. on the back of His wounded shoulders after being scourged nearly to death. He had to carry this cross until a man called Simon of Cyrene was forced to carry it the rest of the way.
"And the soldiers led him away inside the palace (that is, the governor's headquarters), and they called together the whole battalion. 17 And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on him. 18 And they began to salute him, 'Hail, King of the Jews!' 19 And they were striking his head with a reed and spitting on him and kneeling down in homage to him. 20 And when they had mocked him, they stripped him of the purple cloak and put his own clothes on him. And they led him out to crucify him.  21 And they compelled a passerby, Simon of Cyrene, who was coming in from the country, the father of Alexander and Rufus, to carry his cross." (Mk. 15:16-21)


Jesus’ wrists were then nailed to this horizontal beam. His feet were nailed to the vertical beam, which was then put into the ground. The cruelest part of the horrible ordeal of crucifying was the death by suffocation, exhaustion, and the endless and devastating pain caused by the nails tearing and putting pressure on the nerves in both the wrists and feet. This must have been a very traumatic experience of pain for Jesus from beginning to end! Why? Because every time He had to breathe, He would have to lift His body by pushing his feet against the nails that impaled His feet. He experienced excruciating pain in His feet and legs just to take in a short breath of air

Jesus’ example of dying that cruel death on the cross is the ultimate sacrifice of love for us! Yet all of this was necessary for our redemption. Nothing could deter Jesus from His goal of shedding His precious blood to redeem us. 

"Knowing that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your forefathers, not with perishable things such as silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot" (1 Pet. 1:18-19). 

“But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:12-14)  

Redemption is possible now. We have the hope of eternal life with Jesus because of His great sacrifice!

"But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the fruit you get leads to sanctification and its end, eternal life.23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 6:22-23).

There is no pain in our lives that we may experience that can come close to or be compared to what our Lord and Savior went through. We must reflect on what He did for us. 

“I could not do a single thing to hurt God’s only Son, 
But every time I sin on earth I feel that I’m the one. 
I’m the one who shouted “crucify,” 
I’m the one who made His cross so high, 
I’m the one who stood and watched Him die; 
What have I done? I’m the one.” 


Do you shout, “Crucify Him!" every time you sin?  When we engage in sin, we take Jesus’ blood for granted and are thankless, forgetting what He has done for us, and the cleansing from our sins made possible to us through His precious blood.
"For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins" (2 Pet. 1:9). 

We must have thankful hearts and refuse to return to sin. Each sin is like another nail in Jesus’ hands. It was your sins and mine that caused our Lord and Savior to be crucified. Therefore, every time we are faced with temptation, why not examine our hearts and ask ourselves, "Shall we crucify our Lord and Savior again?"
"He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.  4 Surely he has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted.  5 But he was pierced for our transgressions; he was crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace, and with his wounds we are healed.  6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned—every one—to his own way; and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.  7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth; like a lamb that is led to the slaughter, and like a sheep that before its shearers is silent, so he opened not his mouth.  8 By oppression and judgment he was taken away; and as for his generation, who considered that he was cut off out of the land of the living, stricken for the transgression of my people?  And they made his grave with the wicked and with a rich man in his death, although he had done no violence, and there was no deceit in his mouth... Yet he bore the sin of many, and makes intercession for the transgressors."  (Isaiah 53)

I hope the words of this hymn move you deeply the way it does me!


I’m The One

I was not in the garden when He knelt to God and prayed;
I did not kiss Him on the cheek when Jesus was betrayed;
I could not do a single thing to hurt God’s only Son,
But every time I sin on earth, I feel that I’m the one.

I was not at the trial when the crowd jeered at His name;
I did not make Him bear a cross or walk a road of shame;
I could not do a single thing to hurt God’s only Son,
But every time I sin on earth, I feel that I’m the one.

I was not on the hillside when He gave His life that day;
I did not His precious hands or take His robe away;
I could not do a single thing to hurt God’s only Son,
But every time I sin on earth, I feel that I’m the one.

Chorus,

I’m the one who shouted, “Crucify!”
I’m the one who made His cross so high;
I’m the one who stood and watched Him die.
What have I done? I’m the one.


Luci



Monday, March 29, 2021

IN THE GARDEN

"But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.”  
1 John 1:7


The word "garden" portrays a lovely place with beautiful flowers.  In Gen. 2:8-16, we read of a truly beautiful garden, the Garden of Eden, filled with beautiful flowers and great beauty.  Lately, I have been working in my garden, pulling weeds and making the soil clear for new flowers and seeds.  As I was in my garden, this beautiful song kept coming to me, and I could not stop singing it with all my heart.  So I decided to do a short study on it.  Oh, the joys of the garden!  I enjoy working in my garden, though it is strenuous work.  But it is all worth it!  

Our song, “In The Garden,” compels us to come to our Lord to walk with Him hand in hand like two friends in complete fellowship.  The language in the song describes our relationship with Him in figurative language.  The song can be meaningful when we understand it in the context of Scripture and make a spiritual application. 

The song speaks of the garden tomb in which Jesus was buried and where Mary Magdalene came early that morning.  This account is found in John 20:1-13.

Now on the first day of the week Mary Magdalene came to the tomb early, while it was still dark, and saw that the stone had been taken away from the tomb. 2 So she ran and went to Simon Peter and the other disciple, the one whom Jesus loved, and said to them, ‘They have taken the Lord out of the tomb, and we do not know where they have laid him.” 3 So Peter went out with the other disciple, and they were going toward the tomb. 4 Both of them were running together, but the other disciple outran Peter and reached the tomb first. 5 And stooping to look in, he saw the linen cloths lying there, but he did not go in. 6 Then Simon Peter came, following him, and went into the tomb. He saw the linen cloths lying there, 7 and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus' head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself. 8 Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in, and he saw and believed; 9 for as yet they did not understand the Scripture, that he must rise from the dead. 10 Then the disciples went back to their homes.  But Mary stood weeping outside the tomb, and as she wept she stooped to look into the tomb. 12 And she saw two angels in white, sitting where the body of Jesus had lain, one at the head and one at the feet. 13 They said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping?” She said to them, ‘They have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid him.’”


Just as Mary Magdalene was able to come to the Lord directly, so can we come to Him and let Him dwell in our hearts through faith, rooted and grounded in love.

“So that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love.”  (Eph. 3:17)


We can confidently speak to our Lord through prayers in the garden of our hearts.  

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”  (Hebrews 4:15-17)


While Jesus was in the garden, He spoke to Mary.  Jesus’ words are recorded in John 20:14-16

Having said this, she turned around and saw Jesus standing, but she did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus said to her, ‘Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?’ Supposing him to be the gardener, she said to him, ‘Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ 16 Jesus said to her, 'Mary.'  She turned and said to him in Aramaic, 'Rabboni!' (which means Teacher).’”


Although Jesus does not speak directly to us today as He did back then, He does speak to us still through His revealed Word.  

“Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will not pass away.”  (Matthew 24:35)

“The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day.”  (John 12:48)

But we must listen to His words to receive salvation and eternal life.  

“He who has ears, let him hear.”  (Matthew 13:9)

"He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, 'This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.'"  (Matthew 17:5)

“Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, 2 but in these last days he has spoken to us by his Son, whom he appointed the heir of all things, through whom also he created the world.”  (Hebrews 1:1-2)


As we read John 20:16-18, it is obvious that Mary wants to cling to Jesus and keep Him there with her.  Notice what Jesus told Mary as she was clinging to Him tightly.  

“Jesus said to her, 'Mary.' She turned and said to him in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means Teacher). 17 Jesus said to her, ‘Do not cling to me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to my brothers and say to them, ‘I am ascending to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God.’ 18 Mary Magdalene went and announced to the disciples, ‘I have seen the Lord”—and that he had said these things to her.’”


When Jesus said to Mary in the present tense, "Do not cling to Me," He implied, "Do not keep clinging to Me"  (Jn. 20:17-18).  You see, Mary wanted to stay with Jesus in the garden, but He had a task for her to do.  Jesus wanted her to go and tell the disciples that He had risen.  Today is no different, for He also has a commission for us.  He is telling Christians to go and tell the world about salvation available through Him.  Christians, He wants us to proclaim His Gospel Message to everyone to be saved and not be condemned!

And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. 16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.’”  (Mark 16:15-16)


Those of us who love to work in our gardens want to see great and beautiful flowers.  I love to spend time in my garden, contemplating its majestic beauty.  And though we gardeners seem to want to stay in our gardens forever, we must reflect in our own private garden of prayer and meditation.  Jesus likewise is compelling us to go and tell others about Him as He did Mary. 

“For if I preach the gospel, that gives me no ground for boasting. For necessity is laid upon me. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!”  (1 Cor. 9:16)


Personal communion with Christ brings joy as we walk with Him, and He tells us we are His own. The garden in our beautiful song represents the time we spend talking to God in prayer, listening to His words through Bible study and meditation of His Word.  And though praying and studying God’s Word is vital to having fellowship with Him, we still must share His Message with others.  Simultaneously, we must fulfill our duties to Him, come to Him in His own designated way to have communion, and thus walk with Him "In The Garden."

"And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known."  


I hope the beautiful words of the song, "In The Garden," will lift your soul the way it does mine.  


I come to the garden alone, While the dew is still on the roses; 
And the voice I hear, falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.

He speaks, and the sound of His voice Is so sweet the birds hush their singing, 
And the melody that He gave to me, Within my heart is ringing.

I’d stay in the garden with Him Though the night around me be falling, 
But He bids me go; through the voice of woe, His voice to me is calling.

Chorus,

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, And He tells me I am His own,
And the joy we share as we tarry there, None other has ever known.




Luci


Wednesday, March 24, 2021

A SHELTER IN THE TIME OF STORM

“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him.”  
Nahum 1:7



When my heart is overwhelmed, I find so much comfort singing songs of praise.  They lift my spirit.  The song “A Shelter in The Time of Storm” describes our LORD as a shelter for us amid life’s storms.  It assures us that we are safe with God, our Shelter, during dark and difficult times.  Our LORD is our Shelter because He is our Rock in whom we hide in the time of storm.  He is a great Rock in a weary land.
"Each will be like a hiding place from the wind, a shelter from the storm, like streams of water in a dry place, like the shade of a great rock in a weary land"  (Isaiah 32:2).  

Because He is our Rock, we can surely hide in His shadow for safety.
"Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings... "  (Ps. 17:8-9).  

As we hide in His Shadow, we are secure from all ills.
"You will be secure, because there is hope; you will look about you and take your rest in safety19 You will lie down, with no one to make you afraid, and many will court your favor"  (Job 11:18-19). 

Our God is our defense from alarms.  He is our shade by day as a tree provides shade from the sun.
"The LORD watches over you— the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 6 the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night" (Ps. 121:5-6).  

Indeed, our God is our fortress, stronghold of defense in darkness, by night.
"In you, LORD, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame; deliver me in your righteousness.  2 Turn your ear to me, come quickly to my rescue; be my rock of refuge, a strong fortress to save me"  (Ps. 31:1-2).  

Hence, we have no reason to be afraid or fearful amid our time of storm.
"When I am afraid, I put my trust in you.  4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.  What can flesh do to me?"  (Ps. 56:3-4).  

He is our Shelter in the time of storm, for He is our retreat in Whom we find safety.  God provides us a safe retreat from our trials and tribulations.
"I would hurry to find a shelter from the raging wind and tempest"  (Ps. 55:8)

"Sustain me so that I may be safe, That I may have regard for Your statutes continually"  (Psalm 119:117).

"And sent Timothy, our brother and God’s minister in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith; 3 that no man be moved by these afflictions; for yourselves know that hereunto we are appointed. 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you beforehand that we are to suffer affliction; even as it came to pass, and ye know"  (1 Thess. 3:3-4).

"But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one" (2 Thess. 3:4).

“For Thou hast been a shelter for me (Ps. 61:3).


The past few months have been rough for my family and me.  We have been afflicted with sickness and death—sorrow over sorrow.  I feel as if a big tsunami has hit me. Without mercy, it has almost drowned me!  But I keep reminding myself that our God is much bigger and more powerful than anything.  He is more powerful than the COVID virus, and He will continue to be our place of refuge during difficult and dark times. It is a fact that all Christians must walk through the valley of affliction.  We must acknowledge that God has not promised us immunity from trouble.  In fact, Jesus told His disciples, 
“In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).  

Or, as the New Living Translation translates it, 
“You will have many trials and sorrows.” (John 16:33, NLT)

We must understand that God never promised that life would be easy or “a bed of roses.”  
  1. God has never promised that we Christians would never experience loss, failure,  death, or pain. 
  2. He never promised that our path would be smooth.  
  3. But God did promise never to leave us, for He will forever be standing by our side, strengthening us, comforting us, carrying us through the tough patches and bumpy roads.  
  4. He has promised to be our stronghold
  5. He has promised a place of refuge where we can go and hide amid the storms of life that rage all around us.  

God wants us to find great comfort and peace when things get tough and ugly.  And I believe in all His marvelous promises with all my heart!  We serve a God who knows us well, for He knows all of our afflictions one by one.  He walks with us in our afflictions, for He is the God of all comfort.  He is the Father of mercy.   May our God shower His mercy down, that He may bring comfort to you and me in our time of affliction.  May we comfort those who need comfort as God has shown His comfort to us.  May we show the comfort of God to others in their time of affliction as God has so graciously comforted and upheld us during our difficult times.   

Let us take a quick look at what is going on during Nahum’s time before considering chapter 1:7, where I want to focus this study.   


I.   A BRIEF BACKGROUND ON THE BOOK OF NAHUM:

Nahum is one of the Minor Prophets. The theme of Nahum is God’s wrath against Assyria.  God proclaimed through Nahum His plan to judge the city of Nineveh after allowing two hundred years of powerful Assyrian kings and rulers. This book reveals God’s distress about sin, and intention to punish the guilty of their wickedness, and His power to carry out  His judgment.

The book of Nahum is God’s prophecy about the fall of Nineveh and the Assyrian Empire. Nineveh is the city that Jonah saved from certain destruction.  God called Jonah to preach to the wicked city of Nineveh. God’s message to them was that He was going to destroy them in 40 days.  But the people of Nineveh repented, from the king all the way down to the lowliest people in the city.  And because they repented, God did not destroy them.  It made Jonah very angry.  By the end of the book of Jonah, Nineveh had repented, becoming a righteous city blessed by God.   

However, that is not the end of this story.  If we fast forward 100 years, we notice that Nineveh and the Assyrians turned back to the wicked and violent ways of living of the days before Jonah.  And thus, 100 years later, God declares, “I’ve had enough.  I’m going to destroy the Assyrians.”  There was going to be no nation left. In chapter 1, verse 2, we read:

The LORD is a jealous and avenging God; the LORD is avenging and wrathful; the LORD takes vengeance on his adversaries and keeps wrath for his enemies.” (Nahum 1:2)


 And in verse 6:

Who can stand before his indignation?  Who can endure the heat of his anger?  His wrath is poured out like fire, and the rocks are broken into pieces by him.” (Nahum 1:6)


Indeed, God was going to destroy Assyria!

The word “Nahum” is a Hebrew word that means “comfort” or “consolation.”  Isn’t it ironic how this short book describes in great detail the destruction of Assyria written by a man named “comfort”!

But Nahum did not deliver this message to the Assyrians but to the Jews who had been conquered, mistreated, abused, killed, and carried away into captivity by the Assyrians.  God said to those Jews, 

“I know what your enemies have done, and I will make sure that they are punished for the sins they have committed against you.  In the end, I will make everything rightThe righteous will be rewarded, and the wicked will be punished.”  


Are you able to grasp the great comfort in that message?   Nahum’s message is akin to the book of Revelation, where Christians were being persecuted by the Roman Empire.  God’s great comfort in that message to them was that things were going to turn out well in the end, even though things did not look so good at the moment.  The Roman Empire was going to be destroyed.  God wanted them to see that in the end, for He was going to make everything right.  The righteous were going to be rewarded, and the wicked were going to be punished.  

However, God didn’t say to the Jews of Nahum’s day or the persecuted Christians in the first century, 

“I will take away all of your sufferings.  I will make life easy for you.”  

God never promised that.  But He did say, 

“I will be with you.  I will be your comfort.  I will be your strength.  And I will make everything right in the end.”  


With this in mind, let us focus our thoughts on Nahum 1:7, which shows us that God’s help, refuge, and power in our times of trouble is not fiction but a reality.

“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him.”  (Nahum 1:7)

  

II.  THE UNENDING STRENGTH AND PROTECTION OF GOD AMID LIFE’S TROUBLES:

  • Life’s Troubles Are a Reality:

Troubling days are not fiction but very present.  Hardship in this life is not fiction. It is a fact that life is not fair.  Money is fleeing. Youth is wasted on the young. Some people die young. Trouble comes on the unrighteous and the righteous. Just because we are Christians does not mean that our days will be trouble-free and only full of rainbows and rays of sunshine.  This life has trouble, and that is not fiction!

“Yet man is born to trouble as surely as sparks fly upward.”  (Job 5:7)

“Man, that is born of a woman, Is of few days, and full of trouble.”  (Job 14: 1)

“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”  (Matthew 6:34)

“In this world you will have trouble.”  (John 16:33b)

However, the refuge of the LORD is real and not fiction.  
  1. God’s love, mercy, strength, and peace are real, not fiction. God is not fiction.   
  2. Faith in God does not bring about fictitious results. 
  3. The peace and strength that comes from an intimate relationship with God is as real as any physical relationship we have.

  • God Is Good:

“The LORD is good.” 

Indeed, God is good. God is always good, kind, merciful, and always righteous. Throughout the Bible, God is associated with verbs like “forgives,” “heals,” “redeems,” “crowns,” “satisfies,” and “renews.” That is, our God is good

    • The LORD of the Universe, Creator, and Sustainer of our lives is good, and there is no hint of evil in Him. 
    • Everything He does is good
    • His judgments are good
    • His wrath is good.
    • His Word is good. His discipline is good
    • His will is good
    • His blessings are good

Psalm 34:8 says, 

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.” 


Whenever I think of God’s goodness, I cannot help but think about Joseph’s story in Genesis 37-50. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son.  Joseph dreamed that his brothers and father were bowing down to him and that one day, he would rule over them all. Joseph’s brothers were angry and jealous because their father Jacob had given Joseph more attention and affection and also because of his dreams.  Thus, they plotted to kill him. They threw him into a pit instead of murdering him.  They sold Joseph to slave traders and lied to their father, saying that a wild beast had devoured him.

While he was in slavery, Joseph worked for an Egyptian official named Potiphar. Potiphar’s wife felt hurt and angry because Joseph didn’t respond to her when she tried to seduce him.  So she lied about him to her husband, getting him thrown into jail. In jail, he had the opportunity to interpret some prisoners' dreams, prophecies that came true. One day when the Pharaoh had a dream, Joseph was called to interpret the dream. Joseph told the Pharaoh that there would be 7 years of plenty in Egypt, followed by 7 years of famine.

Pharaoh made Joseph second in command in Egypt.  Joseph organized the food during the years of plenty so that everyone didn’t starve in the years of famine. Eventually, Joseph’s brothers came to buy food but didn’t recognize him. Joseph sold them food and asked about his father.  Finally, Joseph told them his identity. Joseph’s family all moved to Egypt during the drought and famine. Joseph saved his family from certain death from starvation.

    • Does this story show God’s goodness? 
    • Was it good for Joseph’s brothers to sell him into slavery? 
    • Was it good for Potiphar’s wife to falsely accuse Joseph when she didn’t get her way? 
    • Was it good for Joseph to be put in jail? 
    • Was it good that there was a famine? 

None of those things were good.  However, in Genesis 37-50, we see that God was working for Joseph’s good the whole time. How do I know that?  Because in Genesis 50:19-20, Joseph said: 

“Do not fear, for am I in the place of God? 20 As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good, to bring it about that many people should be kept alive, as they are today.” 


This is not fiction. God is good. That is the truth, the reality.

  • God Is A Refuge (Shelter, Stronghold):

“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.”


The word “refuge” in this verse means “a strong place of safety and protection.” A bomb shelter is a place of refuge from war. Our homes are a refuge from the hustle and bustle of work and life.  The word “refuge” means a place of absolute safetyOur LORD is our shelter (stronghold, refuge)  because He is our defense from alarms.  We can always look to Him as our Helper and Refuge, for He is always near in life’s storms.
"God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.  2 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth do change, And though the mountains be shaken into the heart of the seas"  (Ps. 46:1-2).

"God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my life"  (Ps. 54:4).

"Hear my voice according to Your faithfulness; Revive me, LORD, according to Your judgments... 151 You are near, LORD, And all Your commandments are truth"  (Ps. 119:149-151).


This world is not our spiritual refuge. It provides little comfort.  God is our strong safety and protection.  Our refuge or shelter from what? 

    • A refuge of salvation from being lost (2 Samuel 22:3).
    • A refuge for the truth and what is true (2 Samuel 22:31; Proverbs 30:5).
    • A refuge of peace (Psalm 2:12).
    • A refuge of gladness and joy (Psalm 5:11).
    • A refuge from evildoers (Psalm 14:6, 37:40).
    • A refuge from all wrong in the world (Psalm 18:30, 46:1).
    • A refuge from shame (Psalm 31:1).
    • A refuge that turns His ears quickly to rescue and save us (Psalm 31:2).


In the Psalms, God is often described as our shelter, refuge, a fortress in the time of the storm.   Consider a few of them.
"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1)

"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  (Psalm 18:2)

"Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer; from the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint.  Lead me to the rock that is higher than I, for you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy."  (Psalm 61:1-3)

 Most of the Psalms that speak about God as our refuge, stronghold, and shelter in the storm were written by DavidA man who lived his life amid trouble for many years.  He was physically worn out because of what he had to endure—a man who was forced to run from King Saul to find shelter in the mountains to hide.  But, more than that, David needed the shelter that only God can provide through his dark times of distress.  Truly, David needed shelter in the time of storm when he felt surrounded by enemies. His people wanted nothing to do with him. Even his friends turned their backs on him. 
 As I read these Psalms, I can definitely relate to David.  Why?  Because we all must struggle with life’s pain and sorrow.  We all must deal with suffering, rejection, criticism, gossip, slander, and evil that threatens to harm us.  However, we have God’s blessed assurance that we can go to Him to find refuge or shelter when trouble and hardship seem to invade our lives.  We know that we can pray to God, for His presence is with us.  We can open His Word to find peace and comfort.   We sing songs to praise God to be lifted spiritually into the throne room of God. We can find strength, wisdom, and perseverance amid our struggling times. It is not fiction but a reality that God is our refuge, shelter, and stronghold.

  • God Cares:

“He cares…  “ 


The word “care” can mean a lot of things. Let me explain.  For instance, our care for a dog is different from our care for the lawn, baby, or finances. You see, different things must be cared for in different ways. So how does God care for us? 

In Deuteronomy 11:11-12, we read,

“But the land you are entering to possess is a land of mountains and valleys, watered by rain from the sky. 12 It is a land the LORD your God cares for. He is always watching over it from the beginning to the end of the year.” 


It means that God is always watching over us and that we are never out of His sight.

In Psalm 55:22

Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”


It means that God will give us strength and sustain us.  He will hold us up and not allow us to be shaken.  

1 Peter 5:7

“Casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you.”


It means that God cares for us in the midst of our anxiety.  


Personally, I am always mindful of God’s care for me and how He has often made a way for me when there seemed to be no way. Our loving God goes before us to bless us even when we are not aware that He cares for us and is carrying us through the storm.   God is the “point man” on a strike team. He is in the front hacking branches down in the Amazon. He is the One making life level for us, for He knows what is ahead of our path’s journey.

  • We Can Trust God:

“Who trust in him.”


Our verse speaks of those who “trust in him.”  How do we trust God?   Trust in God does not mean that we must believe everything will go the way we want it to.  If that were true, those who obey God should be the most enviable people on earth. Everything must go their way. Is that really true?  No, for it doesn’t work that way!  Those who are God’s righteous children are many times murdered for their beliefs and convictions. Others lose their jobs or livelihoods because of their faith and faithfulness to God.  Some deceive themselves, thinking that “believing in” God entitles them to a problem-free life.  So when troubles come their way, they think they either don’t have enough faith or God is “not holding up His end of the bargain.”

Trust in God does not mean that God must explain everything that is going on in our lives. God didn’t answer Job when he asked, “Why me?” God does not owe us an explanation when life is painful and confusing. Our infinite, eternal, and all-powerful God, the God of the Universe, does not owe us an explanation! We are not His father or Lord or King… He is our Father, Lord, and King. Trusting God means that no matter what happens or what life throws our way, whether good or bad, we still turn to Him rather than away from Him. That’s it!  Even when life hurts painfully and nothing we have asked God for worked out the way we were hoping it would… we still turn to Him with all of our heart.

In the end, we have only 3 choices:

    1. Trust in God. God is a benevolent, omniscient, omnipotent God who is in complete control and will one day wipe all evil from the face of the Universe.  God is the only One who can restore all humanity by the blood of Jesus Christ to harmony, peace, and joy.  It is indeed the best choice to make by far.
    2. Put our trust in fate, destiny, karma, or some other type of worldly concept.   This is the way the world without God chooses to alleviate its stress when life is overwhelming.  And though it is true that trust in “karma” might help in some way, for the most part, it has its limitations because we can never find hope or meaning.  Fate does not guarantee that our pain will end.  Fate does not care about you. Fate is just fate. Destiny is just destiny.
    3. Trust only in self.  This is the worst of these three choices. We human beings are notoriously unreliable.  We cannot control the weather. We cannot even control our tongues, certainly not the “stock market,” or even our health. Much less can we control our past or present or future. Trusting only in self leads to disaster.

Thus, it is not fiction that we must trust in God.  God is good, our refuge in times of trouble, and He cares for those who trust in Him.  We serve a good God who is ever-present in our lives when this world’s garbage and lawlessness rear up and bite us.  That same God is ever-present when life is full of troubles and pain.  God cares for us amid life’s storms because He loves us more than we can possibly know! 


CONCLUSION:

When life is uncertain and full of troubles and worries, we must turn to God in prayer for wisdom and peace and allow Him to fill us with His Word to strengthen us.  Although trouble in life is very present, God Almighty’s unending strength and protection are a reality and not fiction.

We must turn to God and trust in Him when life disappoints us or breaks us, for He is our refuge and shelter in the time of storm.  As a tree provides shade from the sun, so our God is our shade by dayHe is our place of safety in darkness.  He is our fortress of defense by night.  Thus we must not be afraid or fearful, for in God Almighty, we can find refuge to keep us safe while the storms of life are raging furiously all around us.  

Often life’s trials and tribulations are symbolized as raging storms in the Bible (Ps. 55:8; 119:117; 1 Thess. 3:4).  Jesus is also described as our shelter because He is our Rock in whom we can hide.  As Christians, we can rest assured that “no fears alarm, no foes affright,” as long as we look to Jesus as “A Shelter in the time of storm.”  

Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.


Life is full of whys that we will never be able to resolve or answer.  One of the questions we ask more than any other is, "Why?"  "Why Lord… ?"  And though there are many why’s we will never be able to answer, there are many things in life that we know for sure.  
  • We know that we live in a broken world.  
  • We know that God has not given us a ticket out of this world's brokenness just because we are His children.  
  • Sadly, so often, what happens to us and those we love involves pain, hurt, shock and despair. 
  • This world we live in is not our home, for it does not operate the way God intended.

There is something else I know for sure.
  • We have a God of Grace who meets His children’s needs and who never forsakes them in their times of darkness and hardship.  
  • Our gracious God is worth running to for refuge and safety.  
  • He is worth waiting for.  
  • He brings us sweet rest from our heavy burdens when it feels like there is no rest to be found.
  • Our Almighty God has always cared for those who trust in Him and need refuge, a shelter in the time of storm in their lives. 
Indeed, He is a God of great comfort!

God gives us comfort not only for our own well-being but also for the benefit of those around us.  Paul said,  

“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. 4 He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God”  (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). 


Our God is the God of all comfort and mercies.  He comforts us in our times of trouble.  He is ever-present when we walk through the trials of life.  He is not far from us, for He is with us comforting us in all our troubles.   But God’s comfort does not end with what He does for us, as if that were the end of His purpose.  Paul says that the comfort that we receive from God is not just for us, for we must share that same comfort with others as they go through life’s trials.  God comforts us so that we may comfort others.  I am so grateful to my gracious God for being with me in the toughest moments of my life!  I want to be God’s reflection of that comfort He granted me to others amid their storms.  That is the way God in His wisdom has designed the body of Christ to function.  

I wonder.  

  • Are we willing to provide a place of refuge to others today?  
  • Are we willing to be there for others who have had the bottom drop out of their life?  
  • Are we willing to care enough and listen while someone cries because of their heavy burdens?  
  • Will we be there for someone when life is awful to them?  
  • Will we be willing to care when someone is hurting?  
  • Will we try to understand what they are going through and provide a place of refuge or shelter to them in their storm?  

We Christians have been the recipients of God’s comfort so many times in our own lives.  Thus, we must stand ready to be that place of refuge to others!  Every Christian must be a storm shelter to those who are hurting and need our loving compassion.  Why?  Because
“The LORD is good, a refuge in times of trouble.  He cares for those who trust in him.”  (Nahum 1:7).  

And also because He is  
“The God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). 

Let this sink deeply into your hearts!                                      

Let us be thankful to God for sending His Son, our Lord, and Savior, into a world of suffering and sin to pay the ransom for our sins that we might have eternal life. We have the hope that one day there will be no more affliction.  There will be no more suffering and deathIt is our greatest comfort!  As Nahum expressed it clearly, the day is coming when God will make all things right.  The righteous will be rewarded, and the wicked will be punished.  Oh, what a great comfort in knowing that!

Moreover, we must be thankful for the resurrection of Jesus Christ.  Although we live in a world full of tribulation and affliction, we have the hope of that resurrection to help us endure till the end. There is coming a day when all of our sufferings and trials will come to an end.  God will wipe away every tear from our eyes.  Let this hope be our greatest comfort and motivator.  Let us praise our God for the hope we have in Christ Jesus, not just in the future, but for the comfort we receive from Him even today.

May we always trust in God to help us amid our sufferings and trials.  May we turn to God in times of tribulation and affliction to find refuge, unending strength, and protection.  May He be our shade of defense and our shelter in the time of storm.  May He be our shelter when the raging storms may round us beat.  May He be our Helper and our Rock in the weary land in Whom we hide for safety and refuge.  And may we always be thankful to God for sending His Son, our Lord, and Savior, into a world of suffering and sin.

I hope the words of our beautiful song, “A Shelter In The Time of Storm,” will lift your soul the way it does mine.  

"A Shelter In The Time of Storm"

The Lord’s our Rock, in Him we hide,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Secure whatever ill betide,

A shelter in the time of storm.
A shade by day, defense by night,
A shelter in the time of storm;
No fears alarm, no foes affright,
A shelter in the time of storm.

The raging storms may round us beat,
A shelter in the time of storm
We’ll never leave our safe retreat,
A shelter in the time of storm.

O Rock divine, O Refuge dear,
A shelter in the time of storm;
Be Thou our Helper ever near,
A shelter in the time of storm.
 
The chorus 
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A weary land, a weary land;
Oh, Jesus is a Rock in a weary land,
A shelter in the time of storm.

 


Luci