Thursday, February 14, 2008

My Refuge and My Fortress

About 6 and 1/2 years ago I was reading through the Psalms for my quiet time. Just after 9/11 I read Psalm 91 and it truly gave me comfort through a time when our world was radically changing. After the first reading of Psalm 91, I kept reading it over and over to just remind myself of God's power, strength and sovereignty. It was a great help to me.
Once again I find myself turning to Psalm 91 in times of anxiety, going to remind myself of God's goodness and love. I am so thankful that God left His Word here to teach us, reproof us, correct us and even comfort us in times of trouble.
This morning as I was teaching school my husband walked in and said, "You need to read Peril in Valley of Vision today, it will help you." So later as he was teaching his part of school I read it and it did speak to my heart. As a matter of fact I read it several times, just to take it all in. I wanted to share this wonderful prayer with you.



I am sadly harassed by doubts, fears, unbelief, in a felt spiritual darkness.

My heart is full of evil surmisings and disquietude, and I cannot act faith at all.

My heavenly pilot has disappeared, and I have lost my hold on the rock of ages;

I sink in deep mire beneath storms and waves, in horror and distress unutterable.

Help me, O Lord, to throw myself absolutely and wholly on thee, for better, for worse, without comfort, and all but hopeless.

Give me peace of soul, confidence, enlargement of mind, morning joy that comes after night heaviness;

Water my soul richly with divine blessings;

Grant that I may welcome thy humbling in private so that I might enjoy thee in public;

Give me a mountain top as high as the valley is low.

Thy grace can melt the worst sinner, and I am as vile as he;

Yet thou hast made me a monument of mercy, a trophy of redeeming power; in my distress let me not forget this.

All-wise God, Thy never-failing providence orders every event.

Sweetens every fear, reveals evil’s presence lurking in seeming good, brings real good out of seeming evil, makes unsatisfactory what I set my heart upon, to show me what a short-sighted creature I am, and to teach me to live by faith upon thy blessed self.

Out of my sorrow and night give me the name Naphtali - “satisfied with favour” - help me to love thee as thy child, and to walk worthy of my heavenly pedigree.

- Valley of Vision Page 184

May God continue to work in my life as He sees fit.

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