Sorrowing I shall be in spirit,
Till released from flesh and sin,
Yet from what I do inherit,
Here Thy praises I’ll begin;
Here I raise my Ebenezer;
Here by Thy great help I’ve come;
And I hope, by Thy good pleasure,
Safely to arrive at home.
Come, Thou Fount of Every Blessing
By: Robert Robinson, 1735-90
Listen as you read. This version from In Reverence by David Tolk.
In short, absolutely not!
It sure feels like it sometimes though. I mean, we have some really hard days. And sometimes the hard days string into hard weeks, months, even years.
And it makes sense. Flesh and sin are trouble makers. If it were not for the flesh, sin would not be an issue for the believer because we have a new nature in Christ. If it were not for sin, our flesh would have only righteous things in which to engage. But we have not been freed, or released from the curse.
Even though we are given a new nature when we were in Christ, that new nature still takes up it’s residence in the residue of our sinful nature, the flesh. As long as there was flesh, there will be sinning, even without the influence of the devil and the world, because we have simply grown so adept at it, at least for now.
And there is absolutely this hope not only that we will arrive safely at home, not only that God’s great help will continue to lead us along, not only that we can begin to praise him now even while we wait on our inheritance, but ultimately in the confidence that one day we shall be free of flesh and sin, no more sorrowing in spirit.
And that is the very thing that helps us deal with our sorrow in these days. Not only the sorrow that comes from our own sin, but also the sorrow that comes as a result of the consequences of the sinful, fallen world. It may seem like circular logic good let me spell it out.
- The end of sorrowing is coming
- That confidence helps us until our sorrowing ends
The fact that an end is coming to this sorrowing, helps us to deal with the sorrowing. God helps us to move along through this weary world, filled at times with great blessings, as we await on the one to come. Choose today to set your hope on Christ, to cry out to him for His help to deal with whatever grieves your heart today, and then to praise Him as the help comes.
Fount of Every Blessing, what I seek from You today is a relenting from the sorrow caused by my flesh. I choose to praise You in advance of my Deliverance, knowing full-well that you will bring it to pass. Help me to fix my eyes on You as I long for the day when this struggle comes to an end. As I wait for that Day, give me the grace in this day to offer You my worship.
Do you have a habit that helps you turn the sorrow into praise? Maybe it is something that would be helpful to others. No idea is unwelcome.
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