Wednesday, November 11, 2009
SALT Challenge - Psalm 46: Be Still
This week it was Lythan's turn to give us our challenge topic and she chose a timely one; be still and know that I am God, taken from Psalm 46. You can read Lythan's write up on the SALT blog. Since I used this same verse for our last challenge, I decided to find another one that would fit this week's theme of trusting God. This one from Isaiah was a good fit and is part of a Sweet 'n Sassy set that I purchased at Stamping Around PA. I was happy that I could ink it up this week! Providentially, tonight at church we read through a short devotion from Spurgeon's Morning & Evening, which I really enjoyed. When I got home, I looked it up in my copy and lo' and behold this morning's topic went right along with our challenge topic so....I think I'll let Spurgeon speak for me tonight...he does have a way with words! Below are excerpts from the morning devotion from 11/11. "God - the eternal God - is Himself our support at all time, and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble. There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation. Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness, he is humbled before God till he scarcely knows how to pray, because he appears, in his own sight, so worthless. Well, child of God, remember that when thou art at thy worst and lowest, yet "underneath thee are eternal arms" (Deuteronomy 33:27). Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply in sore trial from without. Every earthly prop is cut away. What then? Still underneath him are "the everlasting arms." He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction but what the covenant grace of an ever-faithful God will still encircle him. The Christian may be sinking under trouble from within through fierce conflict, but even then he cannot be brought so low as to be beyond the reach of the "everlasting arms" - they are underneath him; and, while thus sustained, all Satan's efforts to hear him avail nothing." "This assurance of support is a comfort to any weary but earnest worker in the service of God. It implies a promise of strength for each day, grace for each need, and power for each duty. And, further, when death comes, the promise shall still hold good. When we stand in the midst of Jordan, we shall be able to say with David, "I will fear no evil, for Thou art with me." We shall descend into the grave, but we shall go no lower, for the eternal arms prevent our further fall. All through life, and at it's close, we shall be upheld by the "everlasting arms" - arms that neither flag nor lose their strength, for the everlasting God fainteth not, neither is weary." You just have to love Spurgeon...What greater encouragement is there to trust in God then to know that His loving and everlasting arms are there to support us through whatever trial we may face. May He be gracious to grant us the strength to trust in Him and Him alone. Please stop by the SALT blog to see the other DT creations and if you're feeling inspired to create something based on this week's topic, leave us a comment with a link back to your blog or gallery. We'd love to share in your work!!