Wednesday, May 5, 2010
Evening Devotion 5/5/10
“You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
When hope, at long last, is restored there is a joy of the soul that is beyond compare as we find that our spirit is, at long last released from the darkness and the despair that has so gripped it, threatening to strangle the life from us. This is a hope that can and does only come from the faithful adherence of God to the promises that He has made in the lives of His children.
You see God understands…
He understands that this world is dark and wrought with challenges that seem to always rise up against us. He knows that there are always struggles that threaten to engulf us in the most significant of ways. Destruction comes through the most bitter of captivity, the grimmest of bondage, the greatest of destitution, the most abiding of persecution that can befall mankind. Amidst that there are times when life is held cheap by oppression and tyranny moving through the lives of the people as unrighteousness comes into this dark world.
Yet by the hand of God, as He moves to contend with the cause of His creation, we are not destroyed. He leads us forth into places of peace, He guides us through hope to the places where we can, at long last, find rest. We may not understand why the moments of difficulties and struggle come, but what we can know, what we must know is that God is always and forever contending with the cause of His children amidst those times, standing faithfully and vigilantly with them.
Here we must praise His name and draw ourselves closer to Him in all that we are and al that we do, knowing that He is the ever present force for God in our lives there to show forth and to magnify His grace within our presence that we may know joy abounding as He stands steadfast to His Word. This world may rise but it also will soon fall, but the glory of our Lord, the glory by which His love is made manifest in our lives will stand forever as the deep and abiding testimony of His gracious majesty.
So sing forth of His blessing and love even when it seems far distant in your life, drawing yourself closer to Him, knowing that as you do He shall draw closer to you as His love is revealed unto You in the most significant of ways and hope is restored unto all of your days. He shall, in faithfulness, stand firm with us in all that we are as He leads us to the places where we can rejoice, even if it does, through the challenges of this world, take us a while longer to get there as we find the moments of difficulty try to put a stumbling block in front of us. Even there though He shall lift us and carry us to the places we need to be amidst His divine love for our lives.
Praise be His Holy name for that.
Let us pray:
Contend, O Lord with Your children’s plight,
Let not their days be engulfed by night
Hold fast to them through this their fight,
Setting captivities bondage soon to flight
That they may walk amidst thy light
Carried forever by thy majesties might.
Mark this O Lord, Your children’s life
Lift them now above this their strife
Though these their days might now be rife
With hurt and sorrow’s deep cutting knife
As integrity is so robbed from their life
That to them is restored all goods, child and wife.
Stand fast O Lord, through all their days
Lead them faithfully by Thy blessed ways
That by Thy faith all bitterness ne’er stays
Cut through by Thy Son’s blessed rays
As praise for You in our hearts does lays
Upon thy love that now does raise.
And then O Lord, when thy people rest
All darkness lifted from their chest
By You they shall find them blessed
As from bondage You did wrest
Their lives held close to Your breast
Thy grace on our souls forever impressed.
In the name of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with You in the Kingdom, one God, world without end, Amen.