Monday, October 2, 2017
“My sure and certain refuge, my never-failing tow’r.”
Hymn: “I Saw the Cross of Jesus” – Frederick Whitfield (1829-1904)
Common Tune: WHITFIELD
I’ve probably already said this in one of my previous hymnline posts, but the attribute I look for most in my friendships is dependability. I want someone on whom I can depend, who will show up when they say they will, in whom there is no doubt of their faithfulness. Based on those parameters, Jesus would make a wonderful friend… and indeed he is!
We have three descriptive terms to label this Jesus Friend: sure, certain, and never-failing – and they basically mean the same thing.
• I am sure of his commitment to me and my well-being. He is my sure foundation.
• I am convinced that he is reliable. I am certain of this. He is my blessed assurance.
• I have never found him to let me down… ever! He never failed me yet. He is my Mighty Fortress.
An old southern gospel hymn asks, “Where could I go but to the Lord?” I totally agree with the implied answer: “nowhere!” He is where I find protection, sanctuary, asylum. When I run to him, he always provides for me a hiding place, a haven of rest, a shelter in the time of storm. I can be certainly sure of his never-failing nature.
Want something today that you can count on? Find a friend in Jesus... the strong and mighty tower.
Hear Lloyd Larson’s setting of this text