Until the last decade or so, church music to me was always hymns that we sung on Sunday in the worship services. Music ministers would announce the hymn number in the Hymnal so that all could open the book and find the correct page with the words to enable the congregation to sing along. Most often, once the hymn number and title was announced, the Praise Leader would then say, “First, second, and last verses”. That meant that to shorten the song, we would not sing the entire hymn. Do you have that same memory of church?
One of those that was often sung in worship was “Standing On The Promises of God”. Because the church knew that one well, they would really sing out loudly. It was not just the volume that impressed me. It was that the folks singing were voicing their confident faith when they sang, “I’m standing on the promises of God”. That truly is a good place to stand!
Men of faith have reminded us how important the promises of God are to those of us that know Jesus…..
God never made a promise that was too good to be true. D. L. Moody.
I believe the promises of God enough to venture an eternity on them. Isaac Watts.
God does not give us everything we want, but He does fulfill His promises, leading us along the best and straightest paths to Himself. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
This is my comfort in my affliction, that your promise gives me life. Psalm 119:50.
Knowing that God is faithful, it really helps me to not be captivated by worry. But knowing that He will do what He has said, He will cause it to happen, whatever He has promised, and then it causes me to be less involved in worrying about a situation. Josh McDowell.
God hath not promised Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways All our lives thro’;
God hath not promised Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.
God hath not promised (that) We shall not know
Toil and temptation, Trouble and woe;
He hath not told us We shall not bear
Many a burden, Many a care.
God hath not promised Smooth roads and wide,
Swift, easy travel, Needing no guide;
Never a mountain, Rocky and steep,
Never a river Turbid and deep:
But God hath promised Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor, Light for the way,
Grace for the trials, Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy, Undying love.—Annie Johnson Flint