- Posted by Edith Ohaja
- On November 25, 2017
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As the new day dawns, I’m reminded of a hymn we usually sang in boarding school, “New every morning is the love.” The first stanza gave this important reminder:
“New every morning is the love
our wakening and uprising prove;
through sleep and darkness safely brought,
restored to life and power and thought.”
That hymn, authored in 1822 by John Keble, an Englishman of outstanding intellect, was a great source of comfort to our young hearts, just like many of the other inspired hymns we used during devotion time and assemblies. We sung it so frequently we didn’t need to look in the hymnbook.
Why was this hymn so special? We are more or less helpless when we sleep. But God watches over us and brings us into a new day. (Even if you’re a prayer warrior and accustomed to holding prayer vigils, it is God who gave you that calling and the grace to discharge it.) God protects us from the dangers of the night.
The Bible says we shall not be afraid of “the terror by night” (Psalm 91:5). Why? Because the Lord is our refuge and our fortress (v.2). Our testimony is that of the psalmist:
“I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me.” – Psalm 3:5
No human being can perfectly tell what the future holds. But the Lord who brought us through the night is with us to help us face the challenges of the day. Someone once sent me this inspiring quote by an unknown author in a card: “Lord, help me to remember that nothing is going to happen to me today that you and I can’t handle together.”God who brought us through the night can help us face the challenges of the day. Click To Tweet
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God is available for us all day long. And He is infinitely strong.
“The Lord is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.” – Psalm 18:2
Psalm 121:1-8 (KJV)
1. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.
2. My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.
3. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber.
4. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. 5. The Lord is thy keeper: the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand.
6. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night.
7. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul.
8. The Lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.”
The Lord shall keep us in all our ways. What more do we need to enter the day with confidence? The only thing He asks is that we make peace with Him through His Son Jesus so that the devil will not have the legal right to perform his evil work in our lives.
As the Lord Jesus declared, “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” – John 10:10
(Related: You are safe in the Lord! Do not fear)
May you surrender to the Lord Jesus today to experience God’s guidance and protection fully in Jesus’ name.The Lord shall keep us in all our ways. So we should enter the day with confidence. Click To Tweet
The scriptures used in this post are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.
For the full lyrics of “New every morning is the love” and information about its author, click here.
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