Friday, October 1, 2010

With Strength In My Song

The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him. Psalm 28:7 With him is wisdom and strength, he hath counsel and understanding. Job 12:13

When my strength is all gone and there‘s nothing else I can do, 
God promises to give me a strength renewed. 

When life seems so unbearable and there’s no end in sight, 
God is there, I can trust Him, to give courage all through the night.

How long, O, Lord, will this trial I need to bear?
 Can I take refuse in Your
wisdom and in knowing You are there?

With strength and with hope I know You will see me through,
For You are my shield, my Rock, my help, my song of rejoicing, too.
by
Dianna Moffitt Carroll
(Written for a dear friend whose husband is battling cancer)

What do you do when your strength is all gone and you feel like you just can’t keep going on? Have you looked for other things to comfort your soul and found that they are   empty, meaningless and futile?  Has food or drink or any other idol stolen your heart from God? Where will you find strength to carry on? 
Luther Bridges, in his twenty-sixth year of life and full of promises and dreams, went to visit his wives’ family in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. He left his wife and three young boys with her family and went on a preaching trip.  In the middle of the night, a nearby neighbor, unable to sleep, went to his window and saw Luther’s in-law’s house engulfed in flames. The neighbor sounded the alarm but the house was too far gone to help. The parents were able to escape but Luther’s wife and three young boys perished in the fire.
When Luther arrived home his heart lost all hope and with little strength to carry on he suffered overwhelming thoughts of suicide and depression. What do you do when all hope is gone and your strength is consumed by grief? Luther found hope and strength in the Word of God and in the scripture that reads, “I call to remembrance my song in the night: I commune with mine own heart: and my spirit made diligent search” Psalm 77:6.

God did give strength in the night to Luther Bridges and several months later, he wrote the music and words to the song, “He Keeps Me Singing.” God’s ability to heal the heart of man after such great tragedy is amazing and inspiring.
Though times He lead through waters deep,
Trials fall across the way,
Though sometimes the path seems rough and steep,
See His footprints all the way.

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus Sweetest name I know,
Fills my every longing, Keeps me singing as I go.
by
Luther B. Bridges

Thought:  Where do you run when your strength is all gone? I pray you run to the One who can give you strength and “a song in the night.” Allow God to do the extraordinary, incredible, and unbelievable in your life, bringing new strength and a wondrous song from the heart.

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