Wednesday, 30 January 2013

On Eternal Words of Grace

If you haven't read Monday's blog
Have a quick look here
This is a postscript to that.

I parked the car at the view point on Reigate Hill this morning.
I'd had a tricky hour or two, and they do good coffee there.
So I sat with my 'flat white',
Snuggled under the blanket off the back seat,
And I surveyed the scenery.

A song was going through my head.
An old song that I hadn't heard for over 20 years
(I was 10 at the time....)

'In the testing moments of my life, when the way is hard to see,
Then my Saviour stands and gently speaks
Eternal words of grace to me.'

As I sat in God's presence I thought about that phrase
Eternal words of grace.

I thought.
And I prayed.
And I looked.
And I remembered a little-used app on my phone.

It not only has lots of versions of the Bible on it,
But some of them are spoken aloud.
I wanted to hear...
Not just read...
Or think those Eternal Words of Grace.

So I set it at Psalm 91.
My favourite psalm at the moment.
And once I'd got used to the fact that the voice sounded like someone narrating a bad horror movie,
I left it playing.
I closed my eyes.
And listened to the Eternal Words of grace

I will rescue you...
Cover you...
Shelter you....
Protect you....
Send my angels....
Be with you....
Reward you....

And as the psalms went on, I relaxed
I remembered....
I knew....

But the part that made me really smile,
in the context of Monday morning when I was up to my knees in mud
was Psalm 94 v 18-19

'When I said, “My foot is slipping,your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought me joy.'

Eternal, timeless, up-to-the-minute, funny, words of grace.

What are your eternal words of grace?
Pleeeeeease comment!


Nicky Davies Judd said...

For a long time I've liked psalm 143.8 "Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love."
whatever the night is like. Let the morning bring me news of God's love. He will find a way to say it, or show it.

Heather's place said...

Isaiah 46 (Good News Translation)

3 “Listen to me, descendants of Jacob,
all who are left of my people.
I have cared for you from the time you were born.
4 I am your God and will take care of you
until you are old and your hair is gray.
I made you and will care for you;
I will give you help and rescue you.

Karen Sandford said...

Love both of these.
Any more?