God's Preservation

Art Lucero

"My comfort in my suffering is this: Your promise preserves my life."  Psalm 119:50

There is no greater suffering than the knowledge that your life will soon end.  Tony Snow was an American journalist, political commentator, television news anchor, syndicated columnist, radio host, musician, and the third White House Press Secretary under President George W. Bush.  He spoke about his cancer and its impact on his life.  He said, "The moment you enter the valley of the shadow of death, things change.  You discover that Christianity is not something doughy, passive, pious, and soft.  We get repeated chances to learn that life is not about us, that we acquire purpose and satisfaction by sharing in God's love for others."

The Psalmist found great comfort in the promises of God during his time of suffering.  It is God's word that "preserves" his life.  The Hebrew word literally means "to be made alive."  It's so strange that we must undergo suffering in order for the truth of the Word of God to take on a meaning that makes us come alive.  It's an awareness that the things that really matter we only see in times of suffering.  Tony Snow said, "Through such trials, God bids us to choose.  Can we surrender our concern in things that don't matter so that we might devote our remaining days to things that do?"


"Is Your All on the Altar"

Verse

You have longed for sweet peace and for faith to increase and have earnestly, fervently prayed

But you cannot have rest or be perfectly blessed, until all on the altar is laid

Chorus

Is your all on the altar of sacrifice laid

Your heart does the Spirit control

You can only be blessed and have peace and sweet rest

As you yield Him your body and soul

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