Wednesday, June 25, 2008
My God, with His lovingkindness, will meet me.
-Psalm 59:10, Revised Version of 1901
To some of us, there often comes a sense of the vastness of things and of our own significance that it can be a shaking ting. It can even shake our faith in the truth that our Father regards with compassion even the fall of a single sparrow. (Matthew 10:29)
To me, one of the proofs that God's hand is behind and all throughout this marvelous Book we call the Bible is the way it continually touches upon this very fear in us-the fear that we are so insignificant as to be forgotten. That we are nothing. Unconsciously, His word meets this fear and answers it- not always by a direct statement, but often by giving a simple, loving little story.
Daniel. for instance, was so overwhelmed by his supernatural vision of the vast majestic march of history and the glory of the Lord that his physical strength vanished - until "a hand touched me" (Daniel 8:8-10)
John, looking through the thin veil of time into eternity, saw his Lord - the Lord he had seen pierced - now holding in His hand seven stars. John declares: " I fell at His feet as though dead." Immediately - just as though this fallen one mattered more than the seven stars - "He placed His right hand upon me" (Revelation 1:16-17).
Isn't it beautiful that there was no rebuke at all for their human weakness? And their never is a rebuke at all for our weakness either. "The soul of the wounded calls for help, and God does not regard it as foolish" (Job 24:12, Rotherham)
He comforts. He lays His right hand on the soul wounded by weariness, or fear, of any kind of weakness at all. And He says, as if that one were the only one in all the universe:
"O man greatly beloved, fear not: peace be unto thee. Be strong - yea, be strong! (Daniel 10:19 Rotherham)
Thou Givest - They Gather: pp20-21
My Father, as if I am the only one in Your universe right now...as if You are all that matters in mine...Forgive me the days I thought meeting with You was insignificant compared with all I had to do.
I come quietly to meet You, Father...needing to be loved...and needing to love You.
Amy Carmichael - I Come Quietly to Meet You