“LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.” Psalm 30:7
See, my soul, in this verse, a picture of your own experience; surely your case resembles David’s. When I look up to Heaven, how often do I see the sun both shine and set! When I look down into myself, how often do I see my comforts rise and fall! 0ne while, I am upon Mount Tabor and have a glance of Heaven; another while, I lie in the valley of Bochim, weeping because I have lost sight of my heavenly country. Joshua’s long day is many times turned into Paul’s sad night. When God would quicken my affections, He gives me a glance of Heaven, that so I may love what I see; when I begin to bless myself and rest in my happy privileges, He draws a veil over the bright vision, that I may rest in nothing but Himself, nor loathe what I have so much reason to love. He allows my happiness here to be imperfect, that I may be pressing on to that place where I shall be perfectly happy forever.
- Lord, when You show Yourself, let me love You;
- when my mountain stands strong, let me praise You;
- when You withdraw Yourself, let me follow You;
- when Your countenance is hid, let me still believe that You love me.
Under all my changes here, let my soul be always breathing, panting, longing, and reaching after You, until I shall so perfectly enjoy You, that I may never lose You more. And let me rejoice that amidst all my changes, Jesus is the same, and rest in His love to me. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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Do not be anxious about anything. (Phil 4:6)
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, we must rightly remember who is in control. Our God is sovereign over all things, including COVID-19. As Charles Spurgeon (1834-1892) said, “The sovereignty of God is a soft pillow on which weary people lay their heads.”
Remember also God’s gracious promise, and that it is true and He is faithful to keep it: Hebrews 13:5 …”I will never leave you, nor forsake you.” The next verse remind us of the power that comes in trusting God and how we can live: Hebrews 13:6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man [or COVID-19] shall do to me.
God loves us, and in Christ we find confidence and calm in times of uncertainty and trouble. When we trust in God, fear is replaced with faith, stress is replaced with strength, anxiety is gone and hope abounds, problems become opportunities, and we are able to receive the blessings God has for us in the midst of difficult circumstances. Turn to Jesus. He will lead you to the still waters and give rest for your troubled soul.
This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast…Hebrews 6:19
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