Comfort & Courage

Psalm 145:14-20

“The LORD sustains all who fall and raises up all who are bowed down. The eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food in due time. You open Your hand and satisfy the desire of every living thing.

“The Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds. The LORD is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth. He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him; He will also hear their cry and will save them. The Lord keeps all who love Him, but the wicked He will destroy.”

This passage is rich with promises, strong and sure. Throughout our daily journey, many things lay upon our hearts and minds.

 Sometimes, there are gifts and joys beyond expression. For these we give thanks to the Lord easily.

But other times we are left scourged, with raw wounds. It is not as easy in such circumstances to give thanks readily.

When so many things are crowding around us, beating us down, pulling us apart, where do we turn? What is our foundation?

Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

When we fall, stumbling in the darkness of our sins, the Lord will raise us back to Him. When vicious situations beat us up and kick us down flat, the Lord will bind our wounds, and lift us back up. When our hearts are heavy and we can barely lift our heads, He will sustain us by His strength.

Something that amazes me about my Jesus is that He doesn’t have rough strength that jerks me to my feet, grabbing me under the armpits and swinging me awkwardly up. Neither does He look on my huddled form and hot tears with derision. He’s not standing in the doorway, rolling His eyes at my struggle or sorrow. Instead, He is kneeling right beside me (me! The King of Glory right beside a weak and weary sinner!). He is indeed “near to all who call upon Him.”

With the gentleness of a Father, He places His nail-pierced hands upon my shaking shoulders. With a voice low and full of pure love, He speaks words of comfort to me. His words, His promises: they are completely trustworthy, because the One who made the promises is completely faithful. Look at all the promises in the above passage. He will provide for what we need, as well as what we desire, in His perfect time. And, because “the Lord is righteous in all His ways and kind in all His deeds,” even the periods of waiting before He “opens His hand” as done out of His vast love.

And when the hand wiping the tears from my face is scarred by the horrible death He died in my place, how can I doubt His love? How can I doubt His purpose in a season of waiting, of silence, of loneliness, of pain? He is near throughout it all, near to my side. When the waves crash about me, I cry unto Him, and He rescues me. All out of His love. What comfort, what wonder, to be loved so strongly by One so powerful and holy.

And He promises to “keep all who love Him.” What He promises is sure. He will not let go of His sons and daughters. We are forever His.

So when we are bruised, stabbed, empty, broken, heavy of heart and burdened of soul, our God is our Rock. If we would only sit at His feet, and hear of His wondrous love and promises to us, what peace we would have!

Let us “cast our cares upon Him, because He cares for us.” (1 Peter 5:7)

Our Lord “heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.” (Psalm 147:3)

“Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding in infinite.” (Psalm 147:5) Our lives don’t often make much sense to us humans, but Our God is at our side, comforting, healing, restoring, and strengthening us. He will fulfill our desire according to His will.

Take comfort, wounded warrior. Take courage, weary solider. He is faithful. He is loving. He is near.

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Published in: on June 21, 2009 at 8:48 pm  Comments (3)  

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  1. Isn’t the Lord’s faithfulness amazing and beyond our ability to
    truly comprehend?
    You have written some great words of encouragement.

    May His Presence continue to sustain you day by day.

  2. The Lord is near.

    Thank you for this reminder.
    Your words, or rather God’s words through you, are such a source of strength to me. Thank you, Surrender Sister!

  3. Off topic – need help with email settings
    How do I change Gmails SMTP settings?
    Dr Gil Lederman
    Gil Lederman
    Gil Lederman MD


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