Monday, August 02, 2010

How Firm a Foundation

Here's a hymn that's been ministering to me quite a few times in my life:

How Firm A Foundation

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

"In ev'ry condition— in sickness, in health,
In poverty's vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home or abroad, on the land, on the sea,
As days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

"Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.

"When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow,
For I will be with thee, thy trials to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

"When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

"The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I'll never, no never, no never forsake!"

Especially the fifth part. The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

This hymn is a mash of many verses (e.g. Isaiah 43:1-3, Isaiah 41:10... etc.)

For the last few days, I've been kind of working OT on the NS Book Project, so to speak. It's been taking a lot out of me. I've been bringing the contributed scripts almost everywhere I go. It's been interesting editing all the testimonies/ stories that we've received so far. But even as I work so hard on all this and face all types of hindrances (both the expected and the unexpected- and those things for which in your heart you are prepared for but yet still HOPE will never happen), I'm learning lessons from the Lord.

In 1 Corinthians 13, we are told that love "always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres". To what extent must one protect? Must one trust in the face of un-trustworthiness? And hope? Must there still be hope if the reasonable mind sees no more reason to hope? Should there be further perseverance when effort after effort goes down the drain?

In this NS Book Project, you would think that I'm learning stuff like editing skills, persuasiveness... etc. But the truth is that most of all I'm learning to love. And I'm struggling with it daily. I look at the love of Christ. Then I gaze back at my own. I see how it pales in comparison.

Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, I will still give thee aid;
I'll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My gracious, omnipotent hand.



Cycling with Crusade people tomorrow. I'm praying for good weather and good fellowship.

1 comment:

Nate Cook said...

as always when i read your blog i get blessed.... i know exactly what you mean when you start (or keep working on) projects that you have this mind set of what will come about by the time your done. but when God gets involved things never seem to go the way we thought.... just the other day i was looking into the scripture in preparation for the bible study that is held at my house. when the Lord took me into a totally different direction then i was intending. and what do you know; it turned out better then i had hoped..... be blessed and may the Lord keep you in all that you do.