I have a big brother who calls me by name Whenever I need Him He comes with a plan No weapon against me will ever stand My brother will save me by His mighty hand I have a big brother and He has my back When resources dwindle I have no lack Because of His mercy the world gives me slack And I have relief when the lender attacks I have a big brother no doctor is He But when sickness does come all symptoms will flee When Pain tries to curse me His blood I will plead Because by His blood I am healed and set free I have a big brother with Him I’ll abide When trouble comes near me in His arms I’ll hide A refuge and fortress in He always provides I know I am safe when he stands by my side I have a big brother Jesus is His name Once I cam to know Him I’ve not been the same Each day I will rise up and give Him my praise For He is on my side all of my days
Hide me in your presence Hide me in your love Hide me from the plot of the enemy I can feel secure Lord In the shelter of your wings With all my heart I pray Hide me There’s a peace that comes from knowing the Lord has surrounded you. In His presence, the enemy can not come near. He cannot harm you, torment you, trouble you or tempt you. The enemy is held at bay by the presence of the Lord. God has a desire to always have you in His arms, but often we find ourselves prying those arms open and walking off on our own. Just as we see the nation of Israel wander away from the Lord and then back again, so we wander in and out of His protection. I can’t tell you how many times I have been curious how Israel could possibly forget how God delivered them from Egypt, or how He parted the Red Sea and the Jordan River. How could they constantly turn away from a God who did so many miracles, over and over again. Yet He has done many miracles in my life and before my eyes and I still sometimes walk away from His sheltering wings. I need to nestle myself in His love. I need to be captured by His everlasting joy. I need to be captivated by the boundless hope that only comes from knowing Him. And I need to reside in the peace that only comes from abiding in the vine. I pray you find that place as well, because there we are hidden from the enemies attacks. There we are safe! Colossians 3:3 King James Version 3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.
In my trials and tribulations
In my sorrow and my pain
In the midst of all my battles
You are always there with me
When I feel like I’m abandoned
When it seems I’m off the road
When my fear and doubt have risen
You are always there with me
You will calm the storm that rages in me
You will heal each dread disease
You will hold me up in the shadow of your wings
Because you are always there for me
We remember the words of Jesus so easily. He told us He would never leave us or forsake us. There are times in our life when it would be easy to think that God has forgotten us. When I go t that cancer diagnosis in March of 2016, it would have been easy to think that God has pulled His protection out from under me and I was alone. But than I remembered that Jesus wasn’t the first one to recognize God was always with us. David had many times where he could have doubted God was with Him. When Saul threw the javelin at him twice, I’m sure he wondered, When Nathan came to him and exposed his sin, he went into mourning. When he had to flee from his own son to avoid death, I’m sure he wondered where God was in all of this. But he knew God was there with him, as witnessed by these beautiful words from Psalm 139.
Psalm 139:7-13 KJV
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
When you’re facing your battles, do not fear and do not doubt. The everlasting God Surrounds you with His love and will always bring you good out of every situation. He will always guide you back to His path if you just trust Him. He is always for you and never against you. When it seems like He is not there usually He is doing His greatest work. So rest in Him, be still and know that He is God!
My life has ups and downs
Like a yo-yo spins around
Falling closely to the ground
Then back into His hand
My life is like a boomerang
That flies by its own plan
The circles back again
Back into His hand
I have a tendency to wander
Every time I turn and stray
I yearn again to find my way
Back into His hand
When I seem so far away
I fall on my knees and pray
Father please bring me safely
Back into your hand
There’s no place I’d rather be
When my troubles surround me
Then returning home again
Back into His hand
The nation of Israel is an amazing story of a people who had plenty of ups and downs/ The were captive in Egypt for over 400 years, slave laborers to Pharaoh. Their burden was heavy. Then God called Moses to bring His people out of that bondage, a fulfillment of a prophecy given to Abraham 400 years earlier. Through a series of 10 miracles, God freed them from their slavery only to lead them into the wilderness. For 4 years He led them circling around the wilderness before they finally got to their destination. Once there, they faltered and wandered even more. Only this time it was their spiritual life that faltered. They forgot the God that saved them, freed them and delivered them. The forgot the God who fed them , protected them and fought for them. God assigned judges, then kings to guide the, but they never could be consistent. Up and down, close to God then far away.
I am too much like them, unfortunately. I have days when I feel real close to god and others I walk way from Him. It’s not that I want to be outside of His protection. I just find myself wandering there and then wishing I had not. I cry out to Him and every time He brings me back into His loving hands. What mercy He shows, what grace He bestows whenever I call on His name!
Matthew 14:31 King James Version
31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?
He is my rock, my refuge, my fortress strong
When I rest in His arms, it is like being inside a walled city
All my provision is there
All my comfort is there
No enemy can breach those walls
No amount of taunting by the enemy can be heard
Because He is my protector
He is my deliverer
He has already defeated my enemy
I need to learn to rest in His victory
All to often I walk outside those walls
I wander from the path
I want to make it on my own
I can feel myself being drawn to my enemy
I wait to long to run back to Him
And I fall. I fall hard
So hard I cry out to Him
He comes to my rescue every time
He picks me up and cradles me in His loving arms
He returns me to my place of shelter
And I am safe once again
Full of mercy and grace, wonder and awe
I don’t know why you put up with me, but you do
For that I will praise you and lift you high
For you are my rock, my refuge and my fortress
I can rest in your arms.
His mercy and grace are so much more than I can understand. Over and over again sin knocks at my door and I let it in. Whether it’s my pride rising up, or arguing, or gossiping and backbiting. Or it may be what some would see as more severe. From the smallest sin to man’s worst nightmare, they are all the same to Him. All of them are simple disobedience to His word and deserve His judgment. But I when I cry out to Him, He sees me with eyes of compassion, He extends His mercy and He surrounds me with His grace. Why would I want to leave such a wonderful love as this.
I will do all I can to stay in His loving arms. I will resist the urge to go out on my own and try to make it on my own strength. I will abide in His presence, in the shadow of His wings, all the day long. I will not trust my wisdom but depend on His. For I know that all I will do is wander. My heart is prone for that. This earth and all its beauty also contains my enemy. I must resist him and his allure. I must keep my eyes fixed on Jesus for he is the one who will keep me safe. I will rest in Him
5 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him.
6 Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress, I will not be shaken.
7 My salvation and my honor depend on God ; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.