God’s Faithfulness

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God’s Faithfulness 

Psalm 36:5-7 (ERV)

“Lord, your faithful love reaches to the sky. Your faithfulness is as high as the clouds.Your goodness is higher than the highest mountains. Your fairness is deeper than the deepest ocean. Lord, you protect people and animals. Nothing is more precious than your loving kindness. All people can find protection close to you.”

Prayer

Heavenly Father, Thank You for Thy faithfulness and mercy. Thy word promises that Thy mercies toward us are renewed each morning. Martin Luther wrote in his famous hymn, “And though this world with devils filled should threaten to undo us, we will not fear for God has willed His truth to triumph through us.” Lord, Thy Truth~ Thy very own Holy Spirit within us will never leave us nor forsake us throughout our sojourn on this earth. Lord Jesus, thank You for Thy holy Presence within us, Thy strength and Thy grace to see us through every trial. No matter what furnace we may find ourselves thrown into, You will be in it with us protecting us from the flames. Lord, You have promised in Isaiah that though we walk through the fires the flames shall not harm us. And You keep every promise forever. Thank You, precious Creator. Help us to keep focusing on You, Lord Jesus Christ and not on the evil all around us. Help us to cling to Thy words, “In this world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Please Bless each soul reading this prayer with renewed faith and hope today and rivers of peace and comfort. Scatter all their fears and anxieties to the four winds and draw them ever closer to Thy heart. In Jesus’ holy name, Amen & amen.

You Who Fear The Lord

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Illustration © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Isaiah 50:10
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that*obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and *stay upon his God.”

Oh You Who Fear The Lord
(Prayer Poem inspired by Isaiah 50:10)
© 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

Oh you who fear the Lord
Who listen day by day,
For His holy voice
And always watch and pray,
Yet now you walk upon a path
Where God seems far away,
Though you’ve never strayed
From His holy path,
You cannot sense His hand
Showing you the way.

The road before you twists and winds
A dark and narrow way,
You cannot see where you should go
Although you’ve prayed and prayed.

Wait upon the Lord,
Trust His holy name,
He will come again to you
To light the path you take.
He will turn His face to you
And then your hope will shine
Brighter than a thousand suns
Your faith again you’ll find.

Jesus Christ is with you now,
Though you feel Him not
As His Father was with Him
Upon His holy cross
Of suffering and shame and pain,
He cried, oh Father Why?
Why hast Thou forsaken me?”
His Father heard Him cry.
The Psalmist said His Father heard
And did not turn away
From His pain and suffering;
He heard Him when He prayed.

God hears you in your darkness,
He won’t ignore your cries,
He’s with you in your suffering
Though you can’t see His light.

His light will come again,
You’ll rise from your Sheol,
Christ’s light will flood your Heart again
And you will be restored.
He’ll wrap you in His robes of praise
Your mourning turned to joy,
Oh wait, oh wait upon that day
Oh you who fear the Lord!

Psalm 22:24
“For He hath not despised nor abhorred the affliction of the afflicted; neither hath He hid his face from him; but when he cried unto him, He heard.”

Isaiah 50:10
“Who is among you that feareth the Lord, that*obeyeth the voice of his servant, that walketh in darkness, and hath no light? let him trust in the name of the Lord, and *stay upon his God.”


*Obeyeth: transliteration shama’ > to hear, listen to, Obey
To hear (perceive by ear)
To have the power to hear
To hear with attention or interest
To understand
To listen, give heed to
To listen, yield, obey

Darkness: chashekah
1. Darkness, misery (Strong’s)

The word *stay (Transliteration sha’an -BDB definition:
To lean on, trust in, support oneself in God. Stay in God: (Strong’s)

The idea in this scripture appears to be that if you are someone who loves and fears the Lord, who is walking in obedience to His will, and yet somehow are going through a season where you no longer feel His presence as you once may have, or are in a time of sadness or misery, or maybe you cannot perceive God’s voice about something you may need wisdom for and have been praying about; maybe your path seems strangely dark although you are doing all the right things like praying and reading your bible—this scripture is very comforting and gives a clear prescription to those who find themselves on such a dark murky path:

Trust in the name of the Lord and stay or wait upon Him.
Psalm 9:10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.”

Psalm 44:5 “Through Thee Lord, will we push down our enemies: through Thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.”

Psalm 83:18 That men may know that Thou, whose name alone is Jehovah, art the most high over all the earth.

Psalm 86:11-13 “Teach me thy way, O Lord; I will walk in thy truth: unite my heart to fear Thy name.
I will praise Thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify Thy name for evermore.
For great is Thy mercy toward me: and Thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”

Psalm 91:14 “Because he hath set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known My name.”

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Keep relying on God despite appearances and feelings which are deceptive.
“The grass withers and the flowers fade but the word of our God shall stand forever.” (Isaiah 40:8)

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Immerse yourself in God’s enduring word filled with beautiful promises that will encourage and comfort you.
God is in His word.

St. John wrote that Jesus Christ is the living Word of God. (John 1:1)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

You will sense God’s nearness again as you begin to study and hold fast to His holy promises.
Wait on the Lord,
Be of good courage and He shall strengthen thine heart, wait I say on the Lord.” Psalm 27:14

Prayer
Heavenly Father, thank You for Your word that promises You will never leave or forsake us. Even though we may go through seasons in our life where we may not sense Thy comforting presence, we have the assurance of Thy word that says You have engraved us on the palm of Thy hand and that our walls are ever before Thee. (Isaiah 49:16)
Thy word promises that mountains may depart and hills may be removed but You will never take Your holy love away from us. (Isaiah 54:10)
The Psalmist said that Your thoughts toward us outnumber the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:18)
And the prophet Zephaniah wrote that You sing for joy over us. (Zephaniah 3:17)
May all who pray this prayer be encouraged and comforted by these truths from Thy holy word.
May they sense Thy comforting love and presence as they never have before.
May You fill them with rivers of peace and hope and make new joy to abound in their life and wrap them in robes of light. Give them their heart’s desires, in Jesus’ holy name. Thank You Lord, I love You, Amen.

Angelsong: Poem “You Who Fear The Lord” © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Original Illustration © 2015 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Scripture Verses: King James Version Bible;
Bible Dictionaries, Strong’ Bible Concordance and BDB Bible Dictionary.

Persevering Faith

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John 1:4-5
In Christ there was life, and that life was a light for the people of the world.
The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not defeated it.

Never Give Up ( A Prayer Song of Perseverance)
© 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved.

No matter how dark the night,
No matter how fierce the storm,
Jesus help us trust in You,
And not give up, oh Lord.

No matter how high the waves
Come rising around our soul,
Jesus help us cling to You,
Your promise help us hold.

No matter how strong the winds
No matter how hot the flames,
Jesus help us trust in You,
And cling to You in faith.

No matter how strong the night,
It cannot overcome,
The light of Christ within us,
So may we not give up.

The darkness cannot overtake
The light of Jesus Christ,
Greater is He who is within us
Than our enemies of the night.

Lord Jesus, may we never give up,
Lord, never give up on You;
Lord, help us cling to You in faith
And hold on to Your truth.

Heavenly Father, thank You that Your Holy Spirit lives inside each one of Your children and that You are always with us every moment, every day of our lives. We may not be able to see You any more than we can see the air, but Your presence abides with us no matter what we are facing. You are with us in all our joys as well as all of our sorrows. Thy word says that You are very close to those whose hearts are breaking.

In art the brightest light is revealed by placing it next to something very dark. Perhaps that is also true spiritually. When we go through trials we are able to draw closer to You unless we allow the sorrows to make us bitter and angry.

Lord, I pray for every person reading this message and prayer; may You draw them closer to Thy heart through whatever path they are traveling in their life at this time.
May they not give up on any dream You have given them: ministry, work, whatever You whispered in their deepest hearts. Help them hold on and remember that “no word from God shall ever fail.” Thank You Lord. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Persevering Faith,” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden, Angel Song, “Never Give Up” (A Prayer Song of Perseverance” © 2014 Suzanne Davis Harden All Rights Reserved. Photo Illustration Source/Pinterest