One thing God has spoken,
two things I have heard:
“Power belongs to you, God,
and with you, Lord, is unfailing love”;
and, “You reward everyone
according to what they have done.”
Now we come to the end of David’s song. Here we see the “only” bottom line: Ultimate love and power are found only in God. So, there you have it: the “only” Psalm. Throughout his life, David learned that only God can be the ultimate object of his trust. Only God can bring rest to our souls.
One of the greatest hymns of all time is It Is Well with My Soul by Horatio Spafford. Most people don’t realize that he wrote this song while he was in deep mourning. He had lost his home and business to the great Chicago fire of 1871. Around that same time, he had lost his four-year-old son to scarlet fever. While he was dealing with the losses because of the fire, he sent his wife and four daughters on a ship to England. While they were at sea, the ship was involved in a terrible collision and sunk. Only his wife Anna survived the tragedy. Upon learning about the death of his daughters, he boarded a ship immediately to go and be with his wife. When his ship was passing over the spot where the tragedy had occurred, Spafford wrote the words to one of the greatest songs ever written.
“When peace like a river, attendeth my way. When sorrows like sea billows roll. Whatever my lot, thou hast taught me to say. It is well, it is well with my soul!”
Life can be so unpredictable—joys and sorrows, beautiful blessings and distressing difficulties can come unexpectantly. Our life’s dreams and plans can change in an instant. Perhaps we cannot always say that everything is well in all aspects of our lives. But if we trust in the love and power that is only found in God, we can confidently say, “It is well with my soul.”
Questions to Ponder:
What is your bottom line? When it all comes down to what matters the most, what is your rock or foundation? What truth undergirds everything else in your life? Jesus declared, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”
- Pray that the LORD will be Your Rock and Foundation, the Strong Tower you run into.
- Ask Him to remind You throughout the day to keep short accounts with Him, to pay attention to what you are thinking, and to turn your worries into prayers.
Thank You LORD that You are the One who provides. You have made a way for us to trust You by Your Son Jesus Christ. You have loved us so much that You took the punishment we deserved for yourself, and in return we receive Your forgiveness, grace, mercy, and Holy Spirit. Thank You that You understand everything we go through and You want to help us. Remind us to keep coming to You, to trust You and to say, “it is well with my soul!” I ask all of this, in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.