Welcome to Songs of Salvation! Each Sunday I will feature a Christian author sharing a "Song of Salvation" to uplift and encourage believers and glorify God.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death. Revelation 12:11 NLT
Authors, find out how to share your Song of Salvation here.
Jesus instructed the disciples, and all who would come after them, when they prayed to direct their petitions to “Our Father in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name”. That the Supreme Being in all the Universe is my father even as He is the father of our Savior is an awesome realization. Further, that I can bring my praises and all my concerns to the Almighty One—when I come in the name of my Savior and friend—is an extraordinary invitation. And I gladly respond and go to Him. Over the years as I’ve matured in the Lord, I’ve come to the realization that my Heavenly Father is indeed faithful, guiding and overruling in all my affairs.
While I was growing up my earthly father suffered from a serious heart condition, living only long enough to see me graduate from high school. There would be many other milestones in my life my dad would not be a part of. How I missed not having him there at those times to share in the experiences. It was a difficult time and I missed him. I thought at times how I would’ve gone to my dad for advice or encouragement when I struggled with disappointments and tried to make sense of my life.
Many years have passed, but I haven’t forgotten my own dad’s faithfulness to his family and his determination to stay a course he felt would be pleasing in the Lord’s sight, sometimes at great loss to himself. As I write this I can’t help but wonder what words of encouragement and praise my dad would have for my husband and I if he were here and looking at my own two grown children. This Sunday they will honor my husband with a family dinner and with cards that let him know what a remarkable and godly father he has been to them. I will be remembering my own dad.
I offer my praise to a faithful heavenly Father, unseen by my natural eye and yet present, who gives His angels charge over me.
I love the words in Psalm 150 and this old beloved hymn.
Praise to the Lord, the Almighty, the King of creation!
O my soul, praise Him, for He is thy health and salvation!
All ye who hear, now to His temple draw near;
Praise Him in glad adoration.
Praise to the Lord, who o’er all things so wondrously reigneth,
Shelters thee under His wings, yea, so gently sustaineth!
Hast thou not seen how thy desires e’er have been
Granted in what He ordaineth?
Praise to the Lord, who doth prosper thy work and defend thee;
Surely His goodness and mercy here daily attend thee;
Ponder anew what the Almighty can do,
If with His love He befriend thee.
Joachim Neander, pub. 1680