Friday, September 12, 2008

Fear Not

Psalm 91:5
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night.

What is this terror? It may be the cry of fire, or the noise of thieves, or fancied appearances, or the shriek of sudden sickness or death. We live in the world of death and sorrow, we may therefore look for ills as well in the night-watches as beneath the glare of he broiling sun. Nor should this alarm us, for be the terror what it may, the promise is that the believer shall not be afraid. Why should he? Let us put it more closely, why should we? God our Father is here, and will be here all through the lonely hours; He is an almighty Watcher, a sleepless Guardian, a faithful Friend. Nothing can happen without His direction, for even hell itself is under His control. Darkness is not dark to Him. He has promised to be a wall of fire around His people-and who can break through such a barrier? Worldlings may well be afraid, for they have an angry God above them, a guilty conscience within them, and a yawning hell beneath them; but we who rest in Jesus are saved from all these through rich mercy. If we give way to foolish fear we shall dishonour our profession, and lead others to doubt the reality of godliness. We ought to be afraid of being afraid, lest we should vex the Holy Spirit by foolish distrust. Down, then, ye dismal forebodings and groundless apprehensions, God has not forgotten to be gracious, nor shut up His tender mercies, it may be night in the soul, but there need be no terror, for the God of love changes not. Children of light may walk in darkness, but they are not therefore cast away, nay, they are now enabled to prove their adoption by trusting in their heavenly Father as hypocrites cannot do.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon


Adrienne said...

What a beautiful reminder! Thank you. ~Adrienne~

Aliene said...

Thanks, Cathy for stopping by my blog. You are so right! God will be there for us even in the darkness. Many people are having to leave their homes because of Hurricane Ike here in Texas and Louisana. We have a family with us that had to evacuate. But I'm glad our God is a God of the literal storms. After all, He is in control. I'll be stopping by your blog now that you found me. Thanks!

Aliene said...

I went to your songs and I am impressed. I especially love the one "Come unto Me. All of them are so meaningful. I play the piano and have sat down and composed and sang while I was playing but it was for my own entertainment. I might get pen and paper out and try to see what I can do. You and
Deborah really inspire me to use what I have. Guess I have never felt it was good enough to post. But since it isn't to lift me up or down - But My Savior, I am going to post more poems that I have written over the years.

Cathy said...

Thank you so much, Aliene. There is so much more music I need to add. Right now I am having a problem getting some on there.
Yes, you should share your poems for the glory of God. Have you seen Joyfulsister Lorie's blog, Encouragement From My Heart? She writes beautifully.