Thursday, July 19, 2012

Verse for Today - Isaiah 41:10 (click to read mini-blog)

Isaiah 41:10

"Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand."

Read all of Isaiah 41

This verse in Isaiah 41 has been immortalized in the gospel hymn "How Firm a Foundation."  As you may know the first verse of this hymn asks an extended question. 

"How firm a foundation, you saints of the Lord, 
is laid for your faith in His excellent Word!
What more can He say than to you He has said,
to you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?"

What is this firm foundation the hymn writer identifies?  Well, it's the fact that God has revealed himself favorable toward His people.  In spite of their sin and the terrible judgment that He would inflict  upon them, God promises to take care of His own.

That was true then, and this remains true today.  These words were intended for God's Old Testament saints.  In verse 8 He describes them as "the descendants of Abraham His friend."   In spite of the judgment of the Exile, He would not forget His promises.  The same is true today.

The hymn writer captures the essence of today's verse in the second stanza:

"Fear not, I am with you, O be not dismayed;
for I am your God, and will still give you aid;
I'll strengthen you, help you, and cause you to stand,
upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand."

Pretty encouraging.  The remaining stanzas then apply this comfort to believers in all of life's trials.

P.S. You can hear these words sung at the by clicking on the song title above.

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