I’ve been pondering the way difficulties both move us to cling more tightly to Jesus and also make heaven sound so much sweeter. They help to strip the superfluous distractions of life away and leave us seeing only the beauty of our Savior. Through some of life’s recent challenges and trials, God has been teaching me this first hand and it has been a bittersweet road to walk with Him. Throughout the years, as I have encountered burdens (as we all do), He has always faithfully used both His Word and solid musical lyrics to speak peace to my heart and bring perspective.
I’d like to encourage you, in whatever you may be going through today, to pull your eyes off your circumstances and gaze at Jesus, the only One who can fulfill your every need. Remind yourself of His perfect love and all that He has done for you in making you His child. His tender plans are so much better for you than what you would choose for yourself. Here are just are a few snippets of truth that I have found especially comforting lately.
“From the end of the earth I call to you when my heart is faint. Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
“What if my greatest disappointments or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy?”
(Blessings by Laura Story)
“Come thou fount of every blessing, tune my heart to sing Thy grace.
Streams of mercy never ceasing call for songs of loudest praise.”
(Come Thou Fount by Robert Robinson)
“When You lead me to the valley of vision I can see You in the heights.
And though my humbling wouldn’t be my decision, it’s here Your glory shines so bright.”
(In the Valley by Sovereign Grace Music)
“You have kept count of my tossings; put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?”
“Jesus is fairer, Jesus is purer, Who makes the woeful heart to sing”
(Fairest Lord Jesus by German Jesuits)
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling.”