A while back I was feeling somewhat oppressed and alone. Not that I did not know that God would always be there. I knew it with head knowledge, but somehow I had forgotten it in my heart. So I really was not focused on the things I should have been.
As Christians we can get so busy doing, that we don’t remember to include God. Then we are likely to feel alone and heavily burdened. All we need is a simple reminder.
Well, I happened to hear the words of the song “Whom Shall I Fear” by Chris Tomlin.
You hear me when I call
You are my morning song
Though darkness fills the night
It cannot hide the Light.
I realized I had forgotten the most important thing in my life: I am not alone and God is always with me. I needed to rely on God and not myself any longer. It reminded me of the passage in Psalm 139:9-12(ESV).
If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me. If I say, ‘Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,’ even the darkness is not dark to you; the night is bright as the day, for darkness is as light with you.
No matter what I am doing or where I am God will lead me through.
Oh, but there is more, more to the song, which made me really focus on God and his omnipotence. No matter what, I have nothing to fear because God is all powerful.
I was listening to an interview with the artist Chris Tomlin on where this song came from. He mentioned the story in 2 Kings 6 where the servant of Elisha was afraid because of the great Syrian armies building up against them. Then in verses 15-17 Elisha assured the servant there was nothing to fear because God’s army was on their side. He couldn’t see that so Elisha prayed the Lord would open his eyes. And the Lord did. What a vision that must have been. What a comfort to know the “God of angel armies is always on my side.”
I suspect the next time I sing along with this song on the radio the Lord will lay something new on my heart.
“I’m holding on to Your promises, You are faithful.”