Sunday, September 21, 2008

Psalm 91




He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day; Nor for the pestilence that walketh in darkness; nor for the destruction that wasteth at noonday. A thousand shall fall at thy side, and ten thousand at thy right hand; but it shall not come night thee. Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. They shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon shalt thou trample under feet. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
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Friday, September 19, 2008

Book Review

Rose from Brier ~ by Amy Carmichael.
I haven’t finished this book yet, but I am loving it as much as I loved Thou Givest, They Gather, also by Amy Carmichael. (Very much.) I read TGTG last year, and it blessed me so much. As I struggled with certain things, her wisdom, insights, and encouragements from God’s word helped me over a difficult summer. Now I am reading Rose From Brier, a book “from the ill to the ill”, a treasure out of pain. It is not merely a book for sickness, but for any kind of sorrow. It is not a book to read when you are rejoicing; it will not speak to you then. But when you are unhappy, when things do not look all sunshiny-beautiful, then this book is amazing. I made to Chapter 13, and by then I knew that my problems were not so bad! I may have to save the rest of the book for a different time. Here is the 1st part of one of her poems:

“Home of our hearts, lest we forget
What our redemption meant to Thee,
Let our most reverent thought be set
Upon Thy Calvary.

We, when we suffer, turn and toss
And seek for ease, and seek again;
But Thou upon Thy bitter cross
Wast firmly fixed in pain.”

I never thought before about how much I struggle to escape pain and in convenience, how annoyed I get when things don’t go my way, while Jesus Christ chose such awful pain knowingly and because he wanted to go through it! Doesn’t it make you want to joyfully embrace crosses you cannot escape, at the least glorifying God with your attitude? I have thanked God for Amy Carmichael many times. Her books have taught me and cheered me when I needed it most, by turning me to Him.

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