Except for God’s wonderful grace flowing down, none of us would stand. He offers complete soundness and quiet tranquility for those of us who have entered into a covenant relationship with Him.
“If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river and your righteousness like the waves of the sea” (Is. 48:18). If only I had heeded His warnings and inclined my ears to listen, I would have saved myself a world of turmoil.
In the midst of the storm,
I can feel Your mighty hand.
In the midst of the darkness,
I can feel your peace flowing gently.
So, flow peace like a river,
And joy like the waves of the sea.
Your love has stopped fear’s shiver.
I listen, and I believe.
I can feel your mighty hand,
And the awesome peace you give to those
Who follow Your command.
These are words to a song that I wrote and recorded in 1990. A little child who does not heed his father’s warning experiences pain as a result of disobedience. Part of the learning process is to undergo the consequences that are tied to our choices.
“Yet I am poor and needy; come quickly to me, O God. You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay” (Ps 70:5). In other words, “Help, Daddy God. I’ve fallen.”
“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor” (I Sam. 2:8).
I praise Him that He is Lord of my life. He pulled me up from the dust heap and washed me whiter than snow through the precious blood of Jesus.
He has taught me to surrender and relinquish all power over my life to Him. There is freedom in total abandonment-yielding without restraint. It takes me to a place of abiding; to continue, to dwell or reside with Him. There is no other place I’d rather be.
“You are those who have continued with Me in My trials” (Luke 22:28). The spiritually poor believer shows interest in others. As in the natural, the spiritually poor person begs of God. If we lack wisdom we need only ask Him, believing. (James 1:5)
He desires a relationship with His children where we have humble dependence upon God and His character: love, grace, mercy, goodness, justice and peace. He desires complete dependence upon Him; total surrender and abandonment that we may abide in Him.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 5:3). “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace” (Ps. 37:11).
One can imagine God saying this to His people:
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door."
(Inscription upon the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty)
“Your people settled in it, and from your bounty, O God, you provided for the poor” (Ps 68:10). Let His freedom ring throughout our land. Let it be the desire of our hearts to follow Him, as it is God’s desire for us to have peace.
The greatest need in my life is peace that comes from total trust and abiding in Him. As fear is the enemy of faith, perfect love casts out fear. I will keep his command to persevere. (Rev. 3:10) It is my desire to honor Him.