When the burden is too heavy and the tears flow more freely than words of joy and rejoicing, I still have a song to offer to the Lord, and words to write and share. As my Lord delights to collect my tears in His bottle, I will delight to count His mercies. These are the things that endure; tears are only temporary.
For even King David, the man after God’s own heart, became weary with his groaning, flooding his bed with his tears wherein he swam all night long (Ps. 6:6). But in the midst of great sorrows and troubles, he praised the Lord seven-times-a-day (Ps. 119:164). Because of His unwavering faith and trust in the Lord and his complete adoration of Him, we now have the precious psalms – his songs of praise, worship and soul-deep laments that have launched a thousand other songs through the centuries. These are the psalms that have comforted many a brokenhearted and strengthened the weak and fearful.
And Hannah, in the heaviness of her heart and soul, poured out all her bitterness before the Lord, uttering prayers that were incoherent to Eli the priest’s ears but were clear as crystal to the One to whom these were addressed. And the Lord remembered Hannah and answered her petition. She bore Samuel and afterwards, offered a beautiful prayer of praise (1 Sam 1 and 2).
So, by faith in the God who lives forever, maybe these burdens and tears will turn into magnificent songs of thanksgiving and praise, and a tree that is laden with good fruits from which the hungry could feed and find true nourishment. For these burdens that are upon us, as long as we do not throw away our confidence, just might turn out into opportunities for us to bear more fruit. As Hannah’s heavy burden – barrenness – was turned by God into fruitfulness, for the barren hath born seven (1 Sam. 2:5), so our burderns – talents (Mat. 25) – will be turned by God into fields of abundant harvest in which He is well-pleased.
That is, as long as we do not throw away our confidence and will not be weary in praying and presenting our requests, full of unwavering faith and earnest thanksgiving – truly believing that we will receive what we pray for. For He will yet fulfill all our petitions.
This weekend, I pray for the heavily-burdened, the hurting, and the suffering, that we will all find comfort, healing and strength in Him who is merciful and who loves His children with an everlasting love.
Now, I would like to share with you this amazing testimony of a brother-in-Christ which I have been blessed to write over at Minister of Mercy:
Bro. Erwin was suffering from a terrible illness – nervous breakdown. When his psychiatrist failed to help him, he took his pills in a lethal dose, intending to kill himself. It was late when his mother discovered him. The doctors declared that he stood no chance. Read how a piece of paper, a lifeline to God, would save this poor young man. Suicide Miracle: a truly inspiring story, click here.
Also, I have another song offering that I’m sure you will love. I sing this often in my private praise and worship time. I Have A Song – written, composed and sung by Shannon Wexelberg, from the album of the same title. I chose this video for the song because it is the only one with lyrics. (To my beloved brethren-in-Christ, please excuse some pictures that show immodest clothing. I pray that we’ll just focus on the beautiful music and message ~ thank you :-)). I hope you will love it, too, and learn and offer it to our faithful Lord.
I thank coolram1952 for this video.