Thursday, June 19, 2008

Two Great Fears~

Psalm 107:23-32 ~ They that go down to the sea in ships,that do business in great waters.
Psalm 107 tells of "those who go down to the sea in ships"(v.24) These see the works of the Lord, and his wonders in the deep.(v.25) For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. (v26) They mount up to the heaven, they go down to the depths:their soul is melted because of trouble.(v.27) They reel to and fro and stagger like a drunken man and are at their wit's end. (v28) Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble and he bringeth them out of their distresses.(v29) He maketh the storm a calm, so that waves thereof are still. (v30.) Then they are glad because they be quiet;so he bringeth them unto their desired haven. (v.31)Oh that men would praise the Lord for his goodness and for his wonderful works to the children of men! (v.32 Let them exault him also in the congregation of the people and praise him in the assembly of the elders.
Along their journey at sea, they see God as the one behind the tempestuous storm and the One who calms it. In the world of sailing vessels there are two great fears. One fear was of a terrible gale and the other was having no wind at all.
" In the Rime of the ancient Mariner," English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge describes tempests and doldrums at sea.Two lines have become household words:
Water ,water everywhere,
Nor any drop to drink.
In doldrums latitudes, the wind dies down and a sailing ship remains stationary. Captain and crew are "stuck" with no relief in sight. Eventually, with no wind, their water supply runs out.
Sometimes life demands that we weather a storm. At other times it puts us to the test of tedium. We may feel stuck . What we want most is just out of reach. But whether we find ourselves in a crisis of circumstance or in a place where the spiritual wind has been taken out of our souls, we need to trust God for guidance. The Lord who is sovereign over changing circumstances, will eventually guide us to our desired haven.
I will not fear the howling storms of doubt,nor shudder when I feel I'm alone;But I will trust my savior as I shout:"The Lord's my helper- He is on the throne!" ~Hess
God orders our stops as well as our steps! Praise God for his every loving Grace and mercy to us all.


Nancy said...

It is hard for us to wait through the doldums or the storms but if we only cling to the Lord the wait is easier. I love this post... thanks

Nonna said...

That is a great post! Having faith in our Lord makes the storms much easier.

Hope said...

Hi Lisa,
Just wanted to stop by and say hello and to let you know I'm back!! Thank you for all your prayers. I missed you! :)

Love and Hugs,

Happymama said...

Thank you for this post. It has come at a great help to me.
God knows all about it and he also knows what to do with it.
Thank God he is the Captain of our storms and I praise Him for that.
God bless you for this post.
Love you,