He makes me lie down in green pastures, leads me beside still waters and restores my soul!
After a day of quiet reading (including soaking in Scripture), lying down, thinking, writing, connecting, snuggling with my toddlers, and not doing a single chore other than sitting with Laura and getting the bumGenius cloth diapers ready for a tiny newborn…my cup is overflowing!
When I was a teenager, I dealt with some occasional feelings of depression. At one point I made up a list of 25 things to do when I felt the darkness close in around me. It included specific passages of Scripture to read, hymns to sing aloud, ideas for serving others, reminders of what to pray–and I honestly can’t remember what else could possibly have made it total 25!
But seeing the particular attacks that the enemy has attempted more recently, I’ve got another list started. He seems to be going directly for my assurance of salvation every time. So that is where the truth defenses need to be built.
The hymn, “How Firm a Foundation,” is on the list. It’s the one I most often associate with my mom’s last few days of life, since we sang it to her often then, and again at her memorial service. It still brings tears every time, and not just because of that association! It is rich in Scriptural truth~
How Firm a Foundation, Ye Saints of the Lord
1. How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He hath said
You who unto Jesus for refuge have fled?
2. “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.
3. “When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of sorrow shall not overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
4. “When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply.
The flames shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine.
5. “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose
I will not, I will not, desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never, forsake!“