“Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” Jude 1:24-25
Page CXVI does some blessed remixing of hymns. A while back (a year or two ago?) my husband got the tip on this band from Challies.com (one of his Free Stuff Fridays posts- very cool); now their music is a family favorite. Anyways, as I was thinking about posting the following hymn, I kept thinking if deliverance from depression had a sound- it would be “JOY” by Page CXVI.
About an hour after posting this- the thought came to mind that I had misspelled a word (actually, I thought I had used the wrong ‘there, they’re, their’ in a sentence), so I came to check and I found that a friend (and fellow blogger) had just posted this comment to me, via email:
“I woke up with this very song in my heart so I sang it to my 2 year old and 7 month old. Reading this post confirmed to me that God was bringing me His promise of joy in my trial. Praise be to our Lord Jesus that we have this joy. It is His Word of promise that is hidden in our hearts that give us this joy. He is our rock , He is in the boat and onlookers are perplexed when the storms come and we are not shaken. So let your Joy run over.” (Read more from Erin at erribecca | A Life Set Apart)
I decided to share this quote with everyone because the Lord wants us all to know (deep in our souls) that when we are going through trials, difficulty, and hardships- we are not alone. Our merciful, faithful, and benevolent Father is always holding us in the palm of His all-mighty, sovereign, and omnipotent hand- carrying us through the tumultuous storms of our lives, seeing that we make it to Jordan’s shore- i.e., we make it home- full of glory and full of joy.