Echoes From the Campfire

I love those mountains; they’re so restful, so…enduring, and timeless.”
              –Louis L’Amour  (Kilrone)

    “Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices; My flesh also will rest in hope.”
              –Psalm 16:9 (NKJV)
How to Live in a Pagan, Apostate, and Foolish World

Key Verse:  “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.”  –1 John 5:19 (ESV)

Recently I have written about how to have fellowship with God and how vital it is to our walk, and to our survival in this evil world.  We must understand God, we must seek God, we must contemplate God, we must desire God!  One of the easiest ways to keep God in the forefront of our minds is by music.  Take a break from the cares of this world, rest in the the words of the songs below.

         A friend of Jesus, O what bliss,
         That one so vile as I
         Should ever have a friend like this,
         To lead me to the sky.

         A friend when sickness lays me low,
         A friend when death draws near,
         A friend as through the vale I go,
         A friend to help and cheer.

         A friend when other friendships cease,
         A friend when others fail,
         A friend who gives me joy and peace,
         A friend who doth prevail.

         A friend when life’s short race is o’er,
         A friend when earth is past,
         A friend to meet on heaven’s shore,
         A friend when home at last.

                      Friendship with Jesus,
                      Fellowship divine,
                      O what blessed sweet communion,
                      Jesus is a friend of mine.”
                             –J.C. Ludgate (“Friendship With Jesus”)
         What a Friend we have in Jesus,
         All our sins and griefs to bear!
         What a privilege to carry
         Ev’rything to God in prayer!
         O what peace we often forfeit,
         O what needless pain we bear,
         All because we do not carry
         Ev’rything to God in prayer!

         Have we trials and temptations?
         Is there trouble anywhere?
         We should never be discouraged,
         Take it to the Lord in prayer.
         Can we find a friend so faithful
         Who will all our sorrows share?
         Jesus knows our ev’ry weakness,
         Take it to the Lord in prayer.

         Are we weak and heavy laden,
         Cumbered with the load of care?
         Precious Saviour, still our refuge,
         Take it to the Lord in prayer.
         Do thy friends despise, forsake thee?
         Take it to the Lord in prayer;
         In His arms He’ll take and shield thee,
         Thou wilt find a solace there.
                   –Joseph Scriven  (“What A Friend”)

Rest today–the battle will still be there, but take time to ponder the words of these great songs.  Remember, as you walk through this life you need a Friend–you have a Friend, know that Jesus is with you.