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Friday, 17 May 2013

All else pales into insignificance

One of the things about trusting in the Lord in my trials is that it makes me want to praise Him.  Sometimes I am amazed at how the Lord is able to comfort and strengthen in these times.  If a person was to need comfort in a hard time it is good that a friend comes along with words of comfort.  However, there is something about the Lord speaking to a person that can strengthen more than anything.  He has the ability, because He is omnipresent, to speak through many people and many occurrences which would demonstrate that the voice bringing the comfort has to be something more than the human voice, and when we know that God is in the situation then we know that those words of comfort have an authority that no other words have.

This morning I awoke with praise for the Lord constantly coming into my mind,  I was reminded of how praise is a main factor in attaining victory in our battles as demonstrated in 2 Chronicles ch.20, v22 when all the people had been encouraged to praise the Lord by Jehoshaphat, after he had prayed  for help and been told by the Lord that the battle was His.  When they began to sing and praise, their enemies began to be destroyed.   We are in a spiritual battle where our enemies are not flesh and blood, and we have a great warrior as our Lord who has already won that battle.   Psalm 103 speaks about all the benefits in the Lord but it starts off with these words of praise   'Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise His holy name.  Praise the Lord, my soul.'

I feel to dedicate this post to praising Him, and would like to do it by sharing three songs that I was brought to write at various stages in my walk with Jesus.

Show me Your face Lord

Show me Your face Lord show me Your face
a face full of mercy, compassion and grace
with lips that sing love songs to a world filled with shame
You tell of salvation through Your wonderful name

Show me Your face Lord      
it's all that I seek
It's peace to the troubled 
and strength to the weak
Your eyes see the pain 
that lies deep in a heart
Your ears hear the crying 
of a soul torn apart

So show me Your face Lord
that I might have light
to guide my lame feet
as I walk through the night
to brighten the path
that I know I must take
the one that You took Lord
when you died for my sake

Now I see Your sweet face Lord it's there in Your Word
and 'though for a moment it's just a bit blurred
I know if I only will trust and obey
I'll see You quite clearly one beautiful day

Glory Hallelujah 

Glory Hallelujah I just want to praise Your name
Glory Hallelujah You made me able to stand when I was lame
Glory Hallelujah  Jesus the star of my night
You took me out of my darkness
and brought me into Your glorious light

I was just a prisoner locked in the arms of my worldly desire
sin and degradation burned my soul like raging fire
then I heard You calling - I started seeking Your face
I came to You with sin's death and destruction
You came to me with God's mercy and grace

Now I live in Jesus  -  I'm seated in Heavenly places with Him 
Light is my companion  to show the way to eyes grown dim 
I'm hearing from the Father -  being taught by the Spirit of Life
No more in agony, in pain and in misery
No more in worry and in strife

All else pales

All else pales into insignificance 
as I stand within Your glorious light
all my so called good intentions 
turn from brightness to the darkest night
Every deed I thought was righteousness 
brought before Your hand of grace
slowly changes into filthy rags 
as I stand and look into Your face

All else pales into insignificance 
as I kneel before Your Holy throne
all my plans of self sufficiency 
start to fall and crumble like sand stone
Every thought I ever leaned upon 
now becomes a worthless dream
and I see my own humility 
as I fall before my God supreme

All else pales into insignificance 
as I'm sheltered by Your mighty power
and the strength I once relied upon 
dries and withers like a fragile flower
All my doubt, my fear, my hopelessness 
soon becomes a passing thing
All else pales into insignificance 
as I stand and look upon my King


Sincerity said...

What a beautiful post! And how true that choosing to be thankful and praise God for His goodness helps us get through deep pain.

Thank you for sharing!

Brenda said...

Hi Sincerity,
thank you for your kind comment. Yes, I know that praising God always brings me a peace.

S. Knowles said...

Yes, God is worthy to be praised. That scripture you shared, came to my mind a few times this week and it's one of my favorite because it's also in a song. "Bless the Lord, Oh my Soul, and all that is within me, Bless His Holy name." Great post Brenda. And those songs you shared were great. Thanks for sharing. God Bless you sister.

child of God said...

Hi Brenda,
Lovely! I love to worship and praise Father. There is a lot of power in praising His Name. I believe praise is key with prayer to break down strongholds and the attack of the demonic. Satan cannot stand it when we worship and praise our Creator.

I love how you woke with praise in your heart.

Blessings hon,

Brenda said...

Hi Sateigdra,
yes I know that song, it is lovely. Thank you for your kind comment, and God bless you too.

Brenda said...

Hi child of God,
I really do believe there is a lot of power in praise. I had a healing happen to me once when I was praising the Lord in the Spirit. It was after I had been tested in a sickness trial. Perhaps I will share it one day. God bless.

T-Childs said...

I've suffered with depression in times past, and at times it was very bad. Although is usually hasn't been a problem for a long time I am going through some kind of stress or depression at the moment and it is awful; I can just pray and hope things get better to be honest. When you are in the middle of a storm and your boat is rocking in the middle of the sea with no land in sight, all you can do is have faith in God that things will get better.

Ugochi said...

Praise to God is very uplifting! Thanks a lot for sharing these words!

Brenda said...

Yes Tim, you are right, when we are in a situation where we can't see any way out of that situation, it is terrible. I can't say that I have felt any real depression out of feeling lonely or out of work, although I have known and still do know people that are. In my own life my main trial has been sickness, and I have to say that if I went by what the world was reflecting to me, in what my eyes see and what my ears hear, I know that I would have been putting my trust in something that probably could not change my situation. It is only as a result of my previous experiences that I know I have to trust what God is telling me and try to act on it, and some of those experiences would have been very stressful if I had not overruled what my mind was telling me with what I knew God was revealing to me through seeking His written Word and other things that were confirming that Word. We are told to pray for one another Tim, and I will pray that the Lord will change your circumstances, and I believe others who read your comment will pray for you too, as I know they do for me. There is a scripture that says 'where two agree as touching anything on Earth it shall be done for us by our Father in Heaven.' He has the ability to do what He promises Tim and He is not a man that He should lie. So we ask Him to change your situation and thank Him for His goodness. God bless you and keep your mind stayed upon Him.

Brenda said...

Hello Ugochi,
nice to meet you. Thank you for visiting. Yes, praise to God is uplifting. He is the One to draw close to. God bless

Laurie Collett said...

Beautiful post and poetry, Brenda! Only the God of all comfort can give us the peace that passes all understanding, even in the midst of trials and storms. May god bless you richly for letting Him use you to encourage all of us.
God bless,

Brenda said...

Hi Laurie,
thank you for your kind comment. It is so true that only the God of all comfort can give us the peace that passes all understanding even in the midst of trials and storms. The more we come to know Him the more beautiful He becomes, He has always been a loving God and has enabled us to see the spiritual battles that are going on in a way that we can understand it, through the physical battles between Israel and their enemies in the Old Testament.

Ken said...

Hi Brenda,
Oh yes, even in our trials, praise Him always. Wonderful post and may God bless you,

Brenda said...

That is so true Ken, nice to hear from you and God bless you.

Unknown said...

Wow, Brenda, you are such a gifted writer/psalmist. It is such a comfort to realize that as Christians, we do not go through trials hopelessly. We have hope, even in our suffering, and we can still praise. I have experienced some serious shaking in the past few weeks as I prepare for my book presentation, so many attacks, disappointments and all, but through it all, I have not despaired because ....All else pales into insignificance
as I stand within His glorious light.

Beautiful, beautiful share. Just what I needed. God bless you Brenda.

Brenda said...

Hello Unytime-Ivy, thank you for your kind comment. No that is right I don't believe that trials are without hope, I believe they are there for several reasons, one of those being to enable us to comfort others with the comfort we receive. If you have experienced serious shaking as you have prepared for your book presentation it's probably because your book has been encouraged by God. Don't worry, the enemy can only hinder, he cannot prevent. There are so many things that I like about your writing.
God bless you Unytime-Ivy.

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Patrinas Pencil said...

I missed commenting on this too :)

I was wowed! by the cloud pictures. striking and clear. did you take them?

Loved the songs especially "All Else Pales" ...beautifully written...heart-felt and true. This describes a heart transformed by the HOLY SPIRIT.

Blessings & favor
patrina <")>><

Brenda said...

Hi Patrina,
thank you for your kind comment. Yes, I took the pictures of the clouds above the house. They just seemed appropriate because they represented to me that no matter how dark our clouds might be the light of the sun (Son) can change things. God bless you.