Songs of Deliverance

Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah (Psalm 32:7).

When I scheduled my last post, I didn’t realize I would eat and sleep those words.

As a medical assistant, my daughter knows the risks of her job. We both do. Every morning, I stand on a step and hug my family and pray for their safety. The last Friday in July, I held my daughter as she cried from exhaustion and prayed.

Earlier that morning, I’d listened to “Great is Thy Faithfulness” on YouTube, and a random playlist was now playing. Every song was magnifying the Lord and His faithfulness to us. I began singing the words over my daughter. After she left for work, I made a mental note of the songs.

Thankfully, she works with an incredible medical staff. That afternoon she took a Covid test. Negative. She was relieved. But Saturday morning, she received a call from a coworker who’d also received a negative result. This time the test was positive. Lulu retested. Positive. Both vaccinated and unvaccinated tested positive. Both suffered.

I say that not as a political statement or pro-vaccine statement. But to let you know, the Delta strain shows no partiality. It hits and hits hard. I watched my kid as she battled this sickness. And I also watched as she prepared to go back to the frontlines without hesitation. She is part of a group of heroes that need our daily prayers. Pray for the medical workers.

Now back to my original thought (if that’s even possible). As the days passed, songs would play in my head, encouraging me as I encouraged her. After a long sleepless night, she began texting me because it was hard for her to talk. She was tired and ready for it to be over. I texted her the following:

PARDON for sins and a PEACE that endureth

Thine own dear PRESENCE to CHEER and to GUIDE

STRENGTH for today and BRIGHT HOPE for tomorrow

BLESSINGS all mine with ten thousand besides

She immediately replied, “What is that from?”

I told her it was from the Friday morning playlist. Now, most of you reading those words will remember the song from my last post. But I confess, as a worship leader, I’ve always loved the second verse best. However, the third verse played in my head, or over me, during the days and nights of this battle. Every morning, we focused on the words, “Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow.” Bright hope was our lifeline.

I’m still in awe of how the Lord led us through that week with songs of deliverance.

It’s taking time, but everyone is gaining their strength. Please pray for our heroes on the front lines. It takes courage to do what they’re doing.

In closing, I want to thank everyone for your prayers. If you were part of those praying for us on social media. Thank you so much. Your prayers were felt. The night I posted that request was the first night we all slept.

Thank you for your patience with my random posting. It has been an exhausting and blessed month.

If you’re in a battle, I pray the Lord will lay on your heart a song of deliverance. The following song was part of our playlist. Enjoy.

Do you have a go-to song when trouble comes knocking at your door?

Great Is Thy Faithfulness Thomas O. Chisholm (1923) Public Domain

Recall to Mind

And I said, My strength and my hope

Is perished from the LORD:

Remembering mine affliction and my misery,

The wormwood and the gall.

My soul hath them still in remembrance,

And is humbled in me.

This I recall to my mind,

Therefore have I hope.

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed,

Because his compassions fail not.

They are new every morning:

Great is thy faithfulness.

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul:

Therefore will I hope in him.

Jeremiah 3:18-24

Still in remembrance

We have no trouble remembering hard times. A memorial of the incident leaps to mind when something terrible happens, bringing back all the emotions we experienced at that time. This is like… I remember when…

Jeremiah remembered his hard times.

But then, something happens. He writes, “This I recall to my mind.”

Recall to Mind

The word recall is a synonym for remembering. Now, I’m no expert, but these two words work differently in my thinking, especially in the spiritual context.

To recall is an intentional act. We mentally run through our files, pulling out the needed memory to bolster our failing hope.

Jeremiah intentionally focused on God and his mercies. His compassions. His faithfulness.

We can’t erase the hard times or the memories that come with them. But we can intentionally recall God’s unfailing love and His faithfulness to us.

On the other hand, the antonym for recall is forget. How easily we forget God’s faithfulness and His blessings during stormy seasons. The writer of Hebrews encourages us not to forget, but to recall!

Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised;) Hebrews 10:23

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Most people know the first verse and the chorus to the following song. I want to share the last two verses with you. And if you have the time, the video is well worth the listen. CeCe Winans is one of my all-time favorite gospel singers.

2. Summer and winter, and springtime and harvest,

Sun, moon, and stars in their courses above,

Join with all nature in manifold witness

To thy great faithfulness, mercy, and love.

3. Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth,

Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide,

Strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow,

Blessings all mine, with ten thousand beside!

Thomas O. Chisholm

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Courage

Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD (Psalm 31:24 KJV).

We are all on a journey. Taking that next step takes courage. It isn’t easy to leave the normal ruts to blaze an uncharted path. Have courage and take that next step toward your goals.

#courage #goals