Shout for Joy
MIt had to happen and it did! Now what could that be? Time to write what you hope will be helpful for others and you just don’t feel like it.
It’s been a tough period of time in life for me, beginning with a fall and it’s consequent broken hip.All to the background music of operations,the strictures of life in the midst of despair. So Bob let’s write something that will encourage, perhaps inspire. Let’s be God’s angel in the dark dungeon of reality. Speak up.
To make it even a bit more difficult I have listening to, and recommending, Wintley Phipp’s great rendition of “It is well with my soul.” With deep pathos he sings “When sorrows like sea billows roll
Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say”
. . . and then crescendoes into a triumphant “It is well, it is well . . . with my soul!“ And I know it is, but somehow my soul can’t manage to join in the celebration.
So, where do I turn? And the answer, of course, is Scripture. What is it that God wants to say in a moment like this? Shall I just close my eye’s and chose a page at random, or should I take a moment and talk to my Heavenly Father about it? I have decided on the second option because that has been the right option before. So where shall I turn? What I seem to need is encouragement so I’m turning to David and the Psalms. And what better Psalm than 107!
“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
His love endures forever;
Let the redeemed speak up and tell us their story
How God has failed them never.
Some were in prison, others died at sea
All were brought to their end;
They confessed their plight and cried out to God
They learned on him to depend
He saved them from trouble, stilled every storm
Answered them when they prayed;
They raised their voice in grateful praise
Confessing that they had strayed.
Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good
Especially in times of stress;
Even though life may turn out to be hard
He’s always ready to bless.”
Reflect on the last two verses; Confess we have strayed and God will still the storm.Though life will have its difficult moments, God is always ready to bless. I’m seeing it all in the larger context of life and his peace is already slipping in. Praise God!
Robert H Mounce