Jesus, take the beauty from the pain / Jesus, lift these weary hands again
Turn the silence into songs of praise / Jesus I am leaning on Your name
Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were born or You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God. Psalm 90:1-2 NASB
We’ve all experienced a circumstance with failed expectations. The plan gone awry, the unexpected call with bad news, or that person that couldn’t come through. It’s easy for us to recognize that we can’t count on the material, but maybe not as easy to remember the other side of that — the reality of something everlasting. It’s not a “fairy-tale-happily-ever-after” kind of everlasting, but an eternal and everlasting reality in the deepest, most secure, meaningful and powerful way imaginable.
God has created this world and everything in it. He created each of our hearts and sustains the breath of all living things. If there is anything or anyone worth trusting, it would be the God who was there before everything we’ve ever known or seen.
The eternal God sacrificed His own Son for our sin — when we were still His enemies! Jesus lived perfectly among us, took our sin for us as He died, and to our great joy rose again to offer us new life. He was the only sacrifice that could span all of time.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defense of my life; Whom shall I dread? Psalm 27:1 NASB
He is the Everlasting One, and He specializes in bringing beauty out of pain, lifting weary hands, and drawing out songs of praise. He is trustworthy when things make sense to us and when they don’t. God is a place of refuge, a place of safety (Ps. 57:1-2), and a source of comfort and hope (Ps. 16:11; Phil. 1:6). We are promised that nothing can separate us from the love of God (Rom. 8:38-39), that He is faithful (1 Cor. 1:9), strong (2 Thess. 3:3) and always working (Gen. 50:20; Rom. 8:28).
Oh, I’m confident that nothing can ever separate us from God’s great love /
Neither death, nor life, no power on earth You promised us / I’m leaning on You