Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Temporary vs. Eternal

"For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal." 2 Corinthians 4: 17-18

"I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us." Romans 8:18

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty

Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (written by Joachim Neander, translated by Catherine Winkworth, sung by Fernando Ortega)

"Praise the Lord, O my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name. 
 Praise the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits--
 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,
 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,
 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's." Psalm 103:1-5
"May the peoples praise You, O God; may all the peoples praise You." Psalm 67:3

"Praise to the Lord, who with marvelous wisdom hath made thee, decked thee with health, and with loving hand guided and stayed thee. How oft in grief hath not He brought thee relief, spreading His wings to o'er shade thee!" (the fourth stanza of the hymn that is not sung in this video)

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

The Sovereign Lord is My Strength!

"Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  The Sovereign Lord is my strength; He makes my feet like the feet of a deer, He enables me to go on the heights." Habakkuk 3:17-19

I hope and pray that God will always enable me to trust in Him no matter what and to say: "Though...whatever I have to go through in life...(trials, sufferings, losses, etc.), yet I will rejoice in the Lord!"  He is indeed my strength and comfort.  Circumstances change but He never changes.  We can always be joyful in who He is.