The ‘So What?’ of Providence Leads Us to Sing

In light of all we’ve discussed regarding God’s providence this week, I want to apply these things to us today by pointing you to two songs:

a) The final lines of the hymn ‘In Christ Alone’ applies the doctrine of providence in this manner:

‘No guilt in life, no fear in death, this is the power of Christ in me. From life’s first cry to final breath, Jesus commands my destiny. No power of hell, no scheme of man, can ever pluck me from His hand, till He returns or calls me home, here in the power of Christ I’ll stand.’

From life’s beginning to final breath it isn’t fate or chance or luck or circumstance that governs all things, no, it’s God who commands and governs and directs our destiny. This deserves whole hearted acceptance, and it deserves grateful and exuberant praises! We need more hymns and songs like this in our life.

b) The whole song ‘The Secret Place’ (R.C. Sproul, Glory to the Holy One)

Who dwells within His most secret place
Is never far from His blessed grace
‘Neath His great shadow all will be well
No better place now for us to dwell

The secret place of God Most High
The shadow of our mighty King
The dwelling place where angels cry
Is where our praise will forever ring

Fear not the terror that comes at night
Nor flaming arrows by morning light
His truth is always our sword and shield
Against His power, all foes must yield

The secret place of God Most High
The shadow of our mighty King
The dwelling place where angels cry
Is where our praise will forever ring

A thousand fall now at ev’ry side
Ten thousand more may have yet to die
Yet plague and sword can
Ne’er kill the soul
His angels guard us now safe and whole

The secret place of God Most High
The shadow of our mighty King
The dwelling place where angels cry
Is where our praise will forever ring

Refuge and fortress for all who trust
No safer pasture for men of dust
‘Neath wings and feathers of Holy Lord
No greater comfort can He afford

The secret place of God Most High
The shadow of our mighty King
The dwelling place where angels cry
Is where our praise will forever ring

Again, it is by the powerful, sovereign providence of God that God gives us all He desires for us to have. Because of this, we will never lack anything in this life, or the next. Praise Him!

Psalm 84:10-11, ‘For the Lord God is a sun and shield, the Lord bestows favor and honor. No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.’

(Image courtesy of Ruth Seefeldt)

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