TIMELESS HYMNS - A special feature where every few weeks I choose a hymn that I have written about before, revise and update it, and share it once again because I think it has a powerful message that we need. This one was shared previously on June 4, 2017.
With the pandemic we never know what a day will bring. Will it hit us or one of our loved ones? Will it affect our job? Will we be able to spend time with our family and friends? Will we be able to attend a church service in person? So many questions without any answers ... enough to create anxiety.
What will tomorrow bring? We don't know except that the Lord will be there to give us the strength that we will need. Today He protects us and walks with us. Tomorrow will be the same. Day by day He himself is near us with a special mercy for each hour.
I am often amazed at how many great hymns were written as a result of a tragedy. This week's timeless choice is a good example of that. It was written by Karolina Sandell-Berg (1832 - 1903) who is often called the Swedish Fanny Crosby. Her many songs flowed from a broken heart after being with her father, a Swedish pastor, when he fell overboard as they were crossing a lake in Sweden. He drowned before he could be rescued.
So she knew exactly what it meant when she penned the words, "Day by day, and with each passing moment, strength I find to meet my trials here." and "Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting, E'er to take, as from a father's hand, one by one, the days, the moments fleeting, Till I reach the promised land."
This hymn has been an encouragement to me so often in my life. I vividly recall a time when I was unexpectedly facing a major change in my life. As I took my morning walk, my heart was very heavy. I walked and prayed and listened to the early morning music on one of our area Christian radio stations. Suddenly I heard this song being sung. And, it ministered powerfully to my need at that exact moment - God's answer to my prayer. Strength I find to meet my trials here ... I've no cause to worry or to fear ... a special mercy for each hour ... His protection ... His promises ... my Father's hand. I've often sung this song when I was preparing for surgery or having difficult physical tests performed. It has often calmed my spirit during MRI's.
Now I don't know what particular challenge you might be facing in addition to Covid19 today. It is so easy to worry and get discouraged. But you can rest in the knowledge that, "Every day the Lord Himself is near me, with a special mercy for each hour; All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me, He whose name is Counselor and Power. The protection of His child and treasure Is a charge that on Himself He laid." I challenge you to meditate upon these powerful words today as you trust Christ to meet your need.
1. Day by day, and with each passing moment,
Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father's wise bestowment,
I've no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,
Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,
Mingling toil with peace and rest.
2. Every day the Lord Himself is near me,
With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,
He whose name is Counselor and Pow'r.
The protection of His child and treasure
Is a charge that on Himself He laid;
"As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,"
This the pledge to me He made.
3. Help me then, in every tribulation,
So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith's sweet consolation,
Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E'er to take, as from a father's hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
Till I reach the promised land.
Listen to it being sung here. STRENGTH.