‘Great is Thy Faithfulness’ is one of the hymns that means the most to me. It speaks of God’s faithfulness to His children, of His unfailing love and forgiveness, even to those who continually turn away from Him. I am such a one, and this hymn speaks to me. “Pardon for sin and a peace that endureth, Thine own dear presence to cheer and to guide:” God draws me to Himself with that which my soul needs. That the God of the Universe, the Creator of all that is and all that can be; that He is also my Friend, Companion, Savior, Sustainer, Comforter, Guide, and Peace; that He has forgiven me for all time and I get to spend eternity with Him; passes all my understanding. But, He has promised all this and more to me. Another of the great hymns says, “When Christ shall come, with shout of acclamation, and take me home, what joy shall fill my heart. Then I shall bow, with humble adoration, and there proclaim, ‘My God, how great Thou art!’” I am overcome to think that, when I get to Heaven, I will finally be able to worship God properly, fully in my spirit and in purity of heart.
For my daily Bible reading one year, I chose a ‘read through the Bible in a year’ format. After completing the book of Isaiah, I continued into Jeremiah. It overwhelms me to read God’s love letter to me in Isaiah. Both Isaiah and Jeremiah, though, are filled with warnings to God’s people, and with His anguish over those who turn away from Him. One week I wrote in my journal from Jeremiah Chapter 2.12,19: “Be astonished… be horribly afraid, be ye very desolate… see that it is an evil thing and bitter, that thou has forsaken the LORD thy God, and that my fear is not in thee…” We have lost our fear and trembling before a mighty and a terrible God. LORD, bring us back, to come before You in humble fear and trembling.