For Lord’s Day, December 6, 2014
In our study of Sinclair Ferguson’s A Heart for God this Wednesday, I recalled two things I would have liked to share with you and so will offer as our weekly e-devotion this week.
The two things I’d like to share relate to what ministered to me the most in chapter 5 that we looked at, “The Ever Present One”:
Our consolation does not lie in what God might do, although we know He can do anything that accords with his holy will. Our comfort is that he is with us. When the mountains in our lives are cast into the seas, here is our encouragement and strength …
He reminded us of what we love to sing in Psalm 46:
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea … The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. (vss. 1-2, 7 [repeated in verse 11])
The following verse in Psalm 46 as the application of the above is thus very meaningful for us to live at peace within, with hope and comfort: Be still, and know that I am God … (vs. 10)
First, I was reminded of what Elder Renner shared with me a few weeks ago for a potential weekly e-devotion. The story of Horatio Spafford and the story behind his poem, “It Is Well With My Soul.”
I’ll let you watch the above video recommended by Elder Renner to be reminded of the story about how Mr. Spafford had stillness and peace while he mourned the great loss of his four daughters as he rode over their watery graves (having lost his son not long before). But one other thing I have thought about a lot since this study I’d like to also remind you of here is the Heidelberg Catechism Q&A #1: What is thy only comfort in life and death? Answer: That I with body and soul, both in life and death, am not my own, but belong unto my faithful Savior Jesus Christ; who, with His precious blood, hath fully satisfied for all my sins, and delivered me from all the power of the devil; and so preserves me that without the will of my heavenly Father, not a hair can fall from my head; yea, that all things must be subservient to my salvation, and therefore, by His Holy Spirit, He also assures me of eternal life, and makes me sincerely willing and ready, henceforth, to live unto Him.
Beloved, as you come to worship tomorrow, lay all your afflictions at Christ’s feet, and be still and know that He is God, and that He will never leave you nor forsake you.
PS: In the video above, please note we of course do not support the violation of the second commandment at the end (which we are presently studying in our Shorter Catechism teaching and memorization time).