Author: Joseph Henry Gilmore (1834-1918)
Composer: William Batchelder Bradbury (1816-1868)
“The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures: he leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul: he leads me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. Yes, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me; your rod and your staff they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies: you anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever” (Psalm 23:1-6).
When we are extremely lonely and helpless, it is indeed God who leads us to go through those days step by step. When we are in favorable circumstance, we can see that the Creator is always accompanying us by our side. However, when we encounter setbacks or trials of many kinds, we often think that we are fighting alone and that the Creator has abandoned us and intentionally hidden Himself from us. But we don’t understand what the Creator’s will is behind these things.
Like human parents treat their children, God accompanies man all the time as their reliance, full of concern and love for man. If we try to feel with our hearts, we will see God’s love for us, and will see God never hides Himself from us, but holds sovereignty over all things and supplies us with everything.
Friends, life can’t always be smooth. When we encounter setbacks and adversities, don’t be perplexed, don’t cry. Almighty God will embrace our arrival any time. He is waiting for us to return to Him.