Sunday, November 23, 2008

Resting On God

In this world, we have many ups and downs. It is a mercy to be able to rest in God Who is almighty and sovereign. It is a comfort to remember that He is in control.

Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light." Matthew 11:28-30

Let us continue to cast all our cares upon our Lord Who loved us and gave His life for us. May we rest in His love, faithfulness and mercies.

The following encouraging prayer/poem is taken from "The Valley of Vision", A Collection of Puritan Prayers & Devotions, Edited by Arthur Bennett, Published by The Banner of Truth Trust, 1997, Page 129.

Hope this prayer/poem will encourage you.
Resting on God

The thought of thine infinite serenity cheers me,
For I am toiling and moiling, troubled and distressed,
but thou art for ever at perfect peace.
Thy designs cause thee no fear or care of unfulfilment,
they stand fast as the eternal hills.
Thy power knows no bond,
thy greatness no stint.
Thou bringest order out of confusion,
and my defeats are thy victories:
The Lord God omnipotent reigneth.
I come to thee as a sinner with cares and sorrow,
to leave every concern entirely to thee,
every sin calling for Christ's precious blood;
Revive deep spirituality in my heart;
Let me live near to the great shepherd,
hear his voice, know its tones, follow its calls.
Keep me from deception by causing me to abide in the truth,
from harm by helping me to walk in the power of the Spirit.
Give me intenser faith in the eternal verities,
burning into me by experience the things I know;
Let me never be ashamed of the truth of the gospel,
that I may bear its reproach,
vindicate it,
see Jesus as its essence,
know in it the power of the Spirit.
Lord, help me, for I am often lukewarm and chill;
unbelief mars my confidence,
sin makes me forget thee.
Let the weeds that grow in my soul be cut at their roots;
Grant me to know that I truly live only when I live to thee,
that all else is trifling.
Thy presence alone can make me holy, devout, strong and happy.
Abide in me, gracious God.
Thanks for stopping by. May God grant you a very blessed Lord's day and week ahead!


Denise said...

Very beautiful, and comforting my friend.

Peggy said...

Blessings Nancie...What a pleasant surprise to see your name this a.m.
~it certainly made me have a SUPER SUNDAY! So I rushed over here before heading out to church! Just what I needed...God's rest! How beautiful & serene...your photo & words! How cute your little bear resting in His Promises! How true each & every word you share!

Together let us cast our cares & trust in the Only One who can bring us His peace, comfort, love and mercies faithfully! Much encouragement in your prayer in the form of a poem! from His strength to His victory over sin & are so right that our comfort is that HE IS in control. Praying, praising & thanking Him this day for you!

As you close your Sunday in His rest, may you breathe in His Presence & sense a sweet fragrance of His Love as you close your eyes & sleep & rest in His arms~abiding
in Our Gracious God! I love you & sending a big bear hug!!!

marja said...

Hi Nancie,

I suppose your Sunday is winding down, while mine is only beginning. I hope you had a blessed holy day and that you were fed. I so much look forward to church this morning - look forward to meeting God with my brothers and sisters.

Thank you for visiting my blog this morning. So good to hear from you. So good to connect. May God bless you and keep you and give you rest - as I'm sure He is.

With love - marja

sailorcross said...

Hi Nancie!!

So good to hear from you!! I hope you're doing well and resting in our Lord.

In my prayers and a big hug for you!!


God's Girl said...

Thanks for the great post. It blessed my heart.

God keeps reminding me to rest in Him.

Blessing to you,

Joyfulsister said...

Hello my sweet Sis..
You blessed me with your presence and words of encouragement *smile*. Oh how I need to rest in his presence. it's been a bit of a struggle this week. I love the picture of the Bear leanig on the log, I think I'll join him lol.

Hugz Lorie

i said...

I love the verse, the poem and the cute picture of the bear! Have a blessed week ahead, Nancie!

Anonymous said...

It was so good to hear from you. Hope all is well.Your post was a blessing.Have a wonderful week. God Bless.

Anonymous said...


What a beautiful prayer Nancie...

Grace said...

For me, God and His promises are my security in life. Not everything else. :)

Casdok said...

Lovely poem :)