Psalm 57:1 – “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me! For my soul trusts in You; And in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, Until these calamities have passed by.” NKJV

There is an old song written by Mosie Lister in the 50s entitled “Till the Storm Passes By” that fits this Psalm and times in our lives when we need to be comforted in the shelter of God’s protective arms.  Mark 4:39 –“And He arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace be still.  And the wind ceased, and there was great calm.”  The one thing certain is that when Jesus speaks to the storms of life and says, “Enough” whatever we are facing ceases.

The first verse of the song says:

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face, while the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place. ‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry keep me safe till the storm passes by.

How often have we felt exactly that way?  How many times in life have we faced seemingly insurmountable odds and obstacles?  How many times have we cried out for God’s divine protection and grace?  The chorus says it so eloquently:

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more, till the clouds roll forever from the sky; Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand, Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

The second verse identifies the diabolicalness of the devil when we encounter those storms and sadly too often people succumb to his deception.

Many times, Satan whispered, “There is no need to try, for there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by” but I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I’ll rise where the storms never darken the skies.

The devil likes nothing better than to get us to give up but if we reach out to the Lord, we find Him reaching out to us.  In the midst of the storms of life, we find a peace that the world is unable to comprehend.  I have told people for years, “The devil cannot win unless we quit.” 

The third verse identifies that beautiful place of rest in the Lord as we come through the storms and walk out the other side in victory:

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more, let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore; In that land where the tempest, never comes, Lord, may I Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

Therefore, no matter what you might be facing now or might face in the future keep in mind the loving, caring, and keeping power of God!  We have His promise to NEVER leave us nor forsake us.  We have the assurance that He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother.  We know whom we have believed and are persuaded that He is able to keep that which we have committed to Him against that day or any day!  In Christ we have hope!

So, as you go through this day go in the deep settled assurance that God is ALWAYS there!  

May you enjoy the rich and real blessings of the LORD today and every day!

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