I find it hard to be at peace this evening – there are so many things on my mind and there are things that weigh my heart. Issues come one after the other to rob my peace of mind and remind me of my weakness and situation.To keep me occupied, I continue working on the clip that I’m preparing for my parents’ golden wedding anniversary. I’m doing it piece by piece, to ensure that everything looks perfect – I want to show everybody that despite their limitations, they have worked darned hard to raise eight well-adjusted children, who in turn have given them 18 grandchildren.
One song is faintly playing in my mind, “How Deep the Father’s Love for Us” – a very beautiful song written by Stuart Townend. It’s a song that’s more closely related to Easter but somehow the soft, faint tunes of the song gives me the comfort that I need in the midst of a raging storm.
How deep the Father’s love for us,
How vast beyond all measure
That He should give His only Son
And make a wretch His treasure
How great the pain of searing loss,
The Father turns His face away
As wounds which mar the chosen One,
Bring many sons to glory
Behold the Man upon His cross,
My sin upon His shoulders
Ashamed I hear my mocking voice,
Call out among the scoffers
It was my sin that held Him there
Until it was accomplished
His dying breath has brought me life
I know that it is finished
I will not boast in anything
No gifts, no power, no wisdom
But I will boast in Jesus Christ
His death and resurrection
Why should I gain from His reward?
I cannot give an answer
But this I know with all my heart
His wounds have paid my ransom
I am also reminded with a verse from Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Because I put my trust in God, I believe that He will give me my perfect peace. Sometimes it’s hard to find your peace when you know that there are things that gnaw it from the inside, but I have faith in my God that He will prevail.
Whilst looking for the lyric of the song, I came across a lyric of an old hymn that I am not familiar with. It was written by Georg Neumark in 1641:
If thou but suffer God to guide thee,
And hope in him through all thy ways,
He’ll give thee strength, whate’er betide thee,
And bear thee through the evil days:
Who trusts in God’s unchanging love
Builds on the rock that naught can move.
Sing, pray, and keep his ways unswerving,
So do thine own part faithfully,
And trust his Word, though undeserving,
Thou yet shalt find it true for thee;
God never yet forsook at need
The soul that trusted him indeed.
If you are in a similar situation tonight because of your personal circumstances, I pray that the song and the verse will bless you. We have a wonderful, wonderful God.