Monday, March 16, 2020

God is Still on the Throne

"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands; And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb."
Revelation 7:9,10

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As things continue to become more dark and foreboding in this world, I find my thoughts turning ever more often to my dear, precious parents.  Oh, what I would give for even a short visit with them!  SO much I would like to tell them and ask them, and to have one more time of prayer with them would mean more to me than I could ever put into words. 

The pain I feel from missing them is like a deep, dull ache in the pit of my soul.

Dad has been in Heaven for almost 20 years.  I can't believe it has been that long.  Sometimes it feels like yesterday that I stood by his bedside, pleading with God to spare his life just one more time.  Oh, it hurt to tell him good-bye!  I was 11 1/2 weeks into my pregnancy with the baby boy Kevin and I had been longing for and praying for during so many years of infertility.  Zach is Dad's one and only biological grandchild, and it seemed SO incredibly cruel for God to call Dad home before he even got to meet Zach.  I still wrestle with that sometimes, but ultimately, I always come to a place of renewed surrernder, knowing God always knows what is best.  I may never understand it fully until I get to Heaven, and then I don't think it will even matter because we will all be there together for eternity, and the cares of this life will have all vanished away.

My dear, sweet Mom followed Dad to Heaven almost eight years ago.  The memory of standing next to her, holding her little, frail hand is almost as vivid as it was the day it happened.  I couldn't believe or accept that she wasn't going to bounce back and be okay like she had so many times before.  God saw that she had suffered enough, and in spite of my anguish over losing her, the angels came and carried her away to a place of eternal rest.

I often think about what Mom and Dad would say if they were permitted to come back and visit and see what is going on in our world.  They would be so shocked and appalled, I know they would be anxious to get back to where they are now, even though our moments together would be so precious to them.

In my times of missing Mom and Dad, I often turn to the music of my childhood for solace.  If you've read this blog very long at all, you already know that music was so ingrained into my growing up years and still remains such a huge part of my life today.  Kevin, Zach, and I have been blessed to meet so many amazing musician friends over the past few months, and planning and participating in our jam sessions is one of our favorite things to do.  We have such a great time, and so often, we tell each other how much Mom and Dad would enjoy being there.  I will never hear a 5-string banjo without thinking of and visualizing Dad playing his.

This morning, amid more bad news concerning the Coronavirus, the cyber attack on the Health and Human Services Department, another plunge in the stockmarketand so many other worries pressing in on my mind, I sat in our living room in quiet stillness before God's throne.  As I prayed and poured out my heart about so many things, He brought a dear, old song to my mind—one that took me way back to my early childhood years and also to the day my sister, Debbie and I stook next to Dad's bed in ICU singing this very song to him.

I was so happy to find the exact version of the song that I grew up listening to.  Oh, it comforted my heart today and soothed the fears that keep trying to well up within me!  I hope it blesses you, too, as you listen.  Bill Bolick's tenor sounds so much like Dad's, it brings tears to my eyes.


God is Still on the Throne
Written by Mrs. Frederick W. Suffield

Have you started for glory and heaven,
Have you left this old world far behind;
In your heart is the Comforter dwelling,
Can you say, Praise the Lord, He is mine;
Have the ones that once walked on the highway,
Gone back, and you seem all alone?
Keep your eyes on the prize, for the home in the skies.
God is still on the throne.

Chorus:
God is still on the throne,
And He will remember His own;
Though trials may press us and burdens distress us,
He never will leave us alone;
God is still on the throne,
He never forsaketh His own;
His promise is true, He will not forget you,
God is still on the throne.

 Burdened soul, is your heart growing weary
With the toil and the heat of the day;
Does it seem that your path is more thorny
As you journey along on life’s way?
Go away and in secret before Him
Tell your grief to the Savior alone;
He will lighten your care, for He still answers prayer;
God is still on the throne.

 You may live in a tent or a cottage,
Unnoticed by those who pass by;
But a mansion for you He is building
In that beautiful city on high;
It will outshine the wealth and the splendor
Of the richest on earth we have known;
He’s the architect true, and He’s building for you;
God is still on the throne.

 He is coming again, is the promise
To disciples when He went away;
In like manner as He has gone from you,
You will see Him returning some day;
Does His tarrying cause you to wonder,
Does it seem He’s forgotten His own?
His promise is true, He is coming for you;
God is still on the throne.

Praise God, He IS still on the throne, and because He is, 
we have hope!

When everyone around us succumbs to full panic mode, we have an anchor that holds us fast.  We know, without a shadow of a doubt, that we are being guided and protected by the unseen hand of God, who still sits on His throne in Heaven and remains in complete control.

Do not fear.  All is well.  Our Father will take care of us.  Read Psalm 91.  Let its truths sink deep into your spirit.  Speak verse 10 out loud and insert your and your loved ones' names in place of "thy," "thee," and "my."  

"A thousand shall fall at ___________'s side, and ten thousand at _______________'s right hand; but it shall not come nigh ______________.  Because ______________ hast made the LORD, which is ____________'s refuge, even the most High, _____________'s habitation, there shall no evil befall _____________, neither shall any plague come nigh ____________'s dwelling."
Psalm 91:7,9,10

These promises are given to those who dwell in the secret place of the Most High and abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  Stay near His side and trust His power to keep you safe.  He will never leave you nor forsake you, and you are going to be okay!

12 comments:

  1. Praise the Lord! Our Father is still on His throne, no matter what we are going through here on earth. God will make a way.
    Blessings, Cheryl!

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    1. Yes, He will, Martha. Blessings to you, too!

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  2. Thank goodness for our FAITH in our Heavenly Father. Music is a comfort is these uncertain times, and we all need JOY in our lives. God bless you and your family.

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    1. God bless you and your family, too, Kitty!

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  3. God is still on the throne! Thank you for that beautiful song Cheryl. I had never heard it before and it was exactly what my heart needed to hear today. Thank you for being such a good friend and sister in Christ to me. I also thank you for your prayers. You are a blessing to me sent from our Heavenly Father.
    Blessings and love,
    Betsy

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    1. Thank you so much for your dear, kind words, Besty. I love that old song and am so thankful you enjoyed it, too! My heart needed to hear it, too. I am so thankful for you and your precious friendship and so thankful we can be there for one another to pray and encourage and support in these troubled times. Many blessings and much love back to you today!

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  4. Cheryl, life is always uncertain, but we have an anchor we can hold to. He never changes. That is so comforting my friend. Thank you for your ministry, you are a blessing. Stay well and healthy

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    1. Yes, praise God for our anchor that is solidly fixed in the solid Rock, Christ Jesus! You are a blessing to me, too, sweet friend. May the Lord protect all of us and keep us well, in Jesus' name.

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  5. The world is in turmoil and understandably we all have many fears pressing on our minds. I suggest we pray over and again, "Lord I trust in you".

    He asked us to trust Him, (John 14:1), we should trust Him in what He said.

    God bless.

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    1. Jesus is our only hope, not only in these troubled times, but always! God bless you, too, Victor!

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  6. Beautiful words of encouragement sweet friend. I had never heard of this song before. The words are so rich, so comforting, so edifying.

    I'm so excited for you and your family that you are meeting many musician friends and have had time together for jam sessions. That sounds wonderful!

    Thank you for always pointing us to our dear Lord and for your constant words of great comfort.

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    1. Thank you ever so much for your dear encouragement and kind words, dear friend! You are such a blessing to me. :)

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