As I was reading through a hymn by William Fullerton this week, I saw these words:
“I cannot tell how silently He suffered,As with His peace He graced the place of tears, Or how His heart upon the cross was broken, The crown of pain to three and thirty years. BUT THIS I KNOW, He heals the broken hearted, And stays our sin, and calms our lurking fear, And lifts the burden from the heavy laden, For yet the Savior, Savior of the world is here.”
This beautiful hymn reminded me that even if life is intense and confusing, even if things around me are murky and unclear, there are many things that I do know. Many things that I can still trust. Many things to be encouraged by. Here are just a few:
God is love.
1 John 4:16 – “And we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and the one who remains in love remains in God, and God remains in him.”
Jeremiah 31:3 – “I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore, I have continued to extend faithful love to you.”
God is good.
Psalm 136:1 – “Give thanks to the LORD, for He is good. His love is eternal.”
God is light. No darkness dwells in Him.
I John 1:5 – “Now this is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you: God is light, and there is absolutely no darkness in Him.”
God is my protection.
Psalm 36:7 – “God, Your faithful love is so valuable that people take refuge in the shadow of Your wings.”
God is my sanctuary.
Psalm 55:22 – “Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.”
Psalm 71:3 – “Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress.”
God is my portion.
Psalm 16:5 – “LORD, You are my portion and my cup ⌊of blessing⌋; You hold my future.”
Psalm 119:57 – “The LORD is my portion; I have promised to keep Your words.”
God is faithful.
Psalm 36:5 – “LORD, Your faithful love ⌊reaches⌋ to heaven, Your faithfulness to the clouds.”
Deuteronomy 7:9 – “Know that Yahweh your God is God, the faithful God who keeps His gracious covenant loyalty for a thousand generations with those who love Him and keep His commands.”
1 Corinthians 10:13 – “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to humanity. God is faithful, and He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation He will also provide a way of escape so that you are able to bear it.”
God is present.
Psalm 46:1 – “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
God is glorious and righteous.
Psalm 97:6 – “The heavens proclaim His righteousness; all the peoples see His glory.”
God is sovereign.
Psalm 138:8 – “The LORD will fulfill ⌊His purpose⌋ for me. LORD, Your love is eternal; do not abandon the work of Your hands.”
God is kind.
Romans 2:4 – “Or do you despise the riches of His kindness, restraint, and patience, not recognizing that God’s kindness is intended to lead you to repentance?”
God is peace.
John 14:27 – “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Your heart must not be troubled or fearful.”
John 16:33 – “I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
Philippians 4:9 – “Do what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you.”
God is Healer.
Psalm 103:3 – “He forgives all your sin; He heals all your diseases.”
Luke 6:17-19 –“After coming down with them, He stood on a level place with a large crowd of His disciples and a great number of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. They came to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases; and those tormented by unclean spirits were made well. The whole crowd was trying to touch Him, because power was coming out from Him and healing them all.”
God is trustworthy.
Romans 4:20, 21 – “He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
God is incomparable.
Psalm 40:5 – “LORD my God, You have done many things— Your wonderful works and Your plans for us; none can compare with You. If I were to report and speak ⌊of them⌋, they are more than can be told.”
God is greater.
1 John 4:4 – “You are from God, little children, and you have conquered them, because the One who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
God is for me.
Psalm 56:9 – “Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.”
God is worth it.
2 Samuel 22:4 – “I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and I was saved from my enemies.”
Revelation 4:11 – “Our Lord and God, You are worthy to receive glory and honor and power, because You have created all things, and because of Your will they exist and were created.”
So, be encouraged. Even when life is bombarding you with situations out of your control and you are struggling to keep your head afloat, cling to what you know. Cling to the God you know. He will not fail.
Fullerton went on to write in his hymn:“I cannot tell how He will win the nations, How He will claim His earthly heritage, How satisfy the needs and aspirations of East and West, of sinner and of sage, BUT THIS I KNOW, all flesh shall see His glory, And He shall reap the harvest He has sown, And some glad day His sun will shine in splendor when He the Savior, Savior of the world is know.”
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