The Daily Paine

I truly believe that so many things are hidden from us; things that could have happened to cause us harm, but the Lord intervened and nothing happened. When I think of the salvation that Jesus offered to us, but there is so much more. There is a definite act of salvation, but the rest of our lives we are continually being saved. It makes me think of the words by Fanny J. Crosby.

“A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
A wonderful Savior to me,
He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock,
Where rivers of pleasure I see.”

If He doesn’t hide us when the storms come, when the winds howl, and the tempest rages then he provides protection in some other way. Sometimes the storms are burdens and they cause us to grow weary; our knees weaken and we seemingly can no longer stand. Then He is there to give us strength to help us make it through the day. Whatever is needed, He provides.

“A wonderful Savior is Jesus my Lord,
He taketh my burden away,
He holdeth me up, and I shall not be moved,
He giveth me strength as my day.”

If we would really take the time to sit down and write down our blessings we would be amazed. Interesting how we focus on the burdens of life, and the anxieties of what might happen cloud our mind. Part of that is a trick of the devil to get our minds out of focusing on the blessings of the Lord. Most of the time we sing, “woe is me” instead of “count your blessings.” The last phrase in the next verse is significant is we understand the meaning of the “Redeemer.”

“With numberless blessings each moment He crowns,
And filled with His fullness divine,
I sing in my rapture, oh, glory to God
For such a Redeemer as mine!”

One day soon, He will take us with Him to those mansions He has prepared. One day soon, the work of salvation in our lives will be complete. His work was finished on the Cross, however, with us He continues to work, and soon that work will be complete when we are with Him in glory.

“When clothed in His brightness, transported I rise
To meet Him in clouds of the sky,
His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,
I’ll shout with the millions on high.”

No matter the trouble. No matter the storm. No matter how weary, thirsty, and worn we seemingly are, He is there to cover us with His hand. Our needs will be met by Him. Turmoil may arise in the streets of the nations of the world, but in Jesus we are covered.

“He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock
That shadows a dry, thirsty land;
He hideth my life in the depths of His love,
And covers me there with His hand,
And covers me there with His hand.”