Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

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"I cried out, 'I am slipping,' but your unfailing love, O Lord, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer." - Psalm 94:18-19
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“There is no one like the God of Israel. He rides across the heavens to help you, across the skies in majestic splendor. The eternal God is your refuge, and his everlasting arms are under you. He drives out the enemy before you; he cries out, ‘Destroy them!’ So Israel will live in safety, prosperous Jacob in security, in a land of grain and new wine, while the heavens drop down dew. How blessed you are, O Israel! Who else is like you, a people saved by the Lord? He is your protecting shield and your triumphant sword!" - Deuteronomy 33:26-29a

Susan was broken-hearted. She had just lost her first child at birth. The trauma of that experience had affected her relationship with her husband and with everyone else around her. She had become cynical and moody. She blamed God for what had happened and said, 'I hate Him. Why would this happen to me? Where was God when I was going through the birth pangs, the excruciating pain of giving birth to a stillborn child? Why didn’t He give me a healthy baby?'

I was reminded of a statement that I had heard in response to a similar anguished plea: 'Where was God when I lost my son?' The answer: 'Where He was when His own Son died on the cross for our sins.'

We do not understand the mystery of why God allows tragedy, heartache and sorrow, but we do know that those who trust the eternal God as their refuge will experience the reality of His promise that 'underneath are the everlasting arms.'

Sometime later I talked with a godly Christian leader whose son had just taken his own life. Of course this couple was devastated. Their hearts were broken. But what a difference in their reaction. Even through tears this great Christian was saying, 'I know I can trust God. He is a loving God. He is my refuge, and I feel His strength and compassion and care for me and my loved ones.'”

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1. What a fellowship, what a joy divine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine,
Leaning on the everlasting arms.

CHORUS
Leaning, leaning, Safe and secure from all alarms;
Leaning, leaning, Leaning on the everlasting arms.

2. Oh, how sweet to walk in this pilgrim way,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
Oh, how bright the path grows from day to day,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. CHORUS

3. What have I to dread, what have I to fear,
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near,
Leaning on the everlasting arms. CHORUS

Authors: Elisha A. Hoffman, Cyril A. Mclellan, A Showalter
Warner/Chappell Music, Inc, Universal Music Publ. Group

Prayer: 
Lord, sometimes I feel as if You don’t care about my life. When those times come, please remind me of the sacrifice You made in offering You beloved Son for my salvation. Help me to lean on You again and know that You are there. Amen.
Date: 
Jan 15 2018