“The Lord is the one who goes ahead of you; He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear, or be dismayed.” Deut. 31:8
“…I will not fail you or forsake you.” Joshua 1:5
“…He Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” Hebrews 13:5
“Do not fear, for I am with you: do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you. Surely I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
When I’m overwhelmed with the daily news, feel dreary, despairing, or discouraged, these verses fill my heart and day with hope, and speak reassuringly of God’s unfailing devotion. I’m been drawn to these anew in light of my precious sister-in-law, who faces chemotherapy right now, following very tough days battling cancer and going through surgery. She, and many others living with cancer or watching loved ones walk its path, cry out, “Is God there for me? Is He with me, no matter what?” Only by frequent reminders from His Word, the near and present help of Jesus, the comfort of the Holy Spirit, and proclaiming of His promises in song and worship, can such questions be answered with assurance,
“I am with you! I will never leave you. Fear not! I am your God. I will strengthen you. I will help you. I will uphold you.” Our God is for us, a firm foundation in a shaky world.
One hymn that offers similar encouragement and promise is, “How Firm a Foundation.” This song became one of my favourites when I used to hear it everyday on the far-reaching radio broadcast of Dr. J. Vernon McGee on his “Through the Bible Radio.”
How Firm a Foundation
George Keith, 1787
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,
To you, who for reuge, to Jesus have fled!
In every condition, in sickness, in health,
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad, on the land, on the sea
As the days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.
Fear not, I am with thee, oh be not dismay’d!
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.
When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of grief shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee, thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.
When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace all-sufficient shall be thy supply;
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.
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 endeavour to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!
I also uploaded a comforting musical version of this hymn to the Blue Music Box on the right, as sung on Sovereign Grace’s, Together for the Gospel. Be encouraged, don’t despair, and receive His everlasting, never failing grace.