Lately, I’ve been listening to this song a lot:
And I mean A LOT.
I love every word of the song. I’m serious. Every verse has struck a chord in me at some point, depending on the circumstance I find myself in at that moment. And I haven’t yet found a circumstance where I don’t find the song encouraging.
So have you clicked “play” yet?
The song reminds me of the greatness of God over the trials of life, no matter what they might be… the winds of change, the fires of unexpected sorrow, lesser lights and fleeting shadows, temptation’s flaming arrows. He is trustworthy – a rock on which to stand, a pillar around which to wrap our arms – able to still our souls in the midst of the storm.
That’s why I love that the chorus includes this simple prayer: Lord of Peace, renew a steadfast spirit within me to rest in You alone.
Steadfast: resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.
God will always be God. His steadfastness is certain and eternal. “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:22-23, ESV)
But the prayer asks that God would make MY spirit steadfast. And if I have even the tiniest bit of honesty about myself, I’ll admit that I am NOT steadfast. Instead of the definition given above, a better description of me is weakly or faithlessly unstable and inconsistent. (Thank you, thesaurus.)
The good news is this: just as Scripture gives us hope of the Lord’s steadfastness, it also gives us hope for our own steadfastness! James 1:2-4 tells us, “Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”
The Lord, in His steadfast love, will create that steadfastness in us. He does it through the trials that we face. We do not develop it on our own; He produces it as our faith in Him grows. And He provides us with countless reminders and demonstrations of His steadfastness as He walks with us through the trial. Through His strength, we will become more like Him, able to endure through affliction.
And what comes with that steadfastness? When we lack in nothing? REST. True, perfect, eternal rest in Christ alone.
So, seriously… if you haven’t clicked “play” yet, what are you waiting for? Be encouraged, knowing that you can pray the words of the song with confidence, because we have a steadfast God who is more than able to answer our prayer and mold us into the steadfast children He desires us to be.