Be Weak

Jesus loves me, this I know
For the Bible tells me so
Little ones to Him belong,
They are weak but HE is strong

WE are weak. We are cast down. We are burdened. We are mournful, weary, empty, shaking and crumpled at our savior’s feet. We cannot even lift our heads. What becomes of us then when we find we have nothing but Him alone?

Psalm3

2 many are saying of my soul,
there is no salvation for him in God.

3 But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.

4 I cried aloud to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy hill.

5 I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.

He lifts our heads. He lifts our heads as a father lifts the head of his injured child, taking his chin in His hand and gently raises his gaze from the ground, wet with the profusion of tears that were spilt there, up to the face of the One who loves him, so that the weeping one can see the eyes of Love looking down upon him. The eyes of compassion. The eyes of his Father. With the one hand He lifts our head and with the other He points to Jesus.

He answers. He grants us sleep though we find ourselves falling into our beds crying at night and making our bed in the depths in the morning. Even there His hand will guide us, HIS right hand will hold us fast. He sustains us. HE is strong.

JESUS is strong. When we see people who are brokenhearted, devastated and brought low by life’s circumstances worshiping and responding with all of the sorrow and grief that is called for but with an inexplicable grace and hope and peace that penetrates the veil of sadness, we are not seeing them merely “be strong” in spite of their circumstances. We are seeing the power of GOD made perfect in weakness.

When our friends are hurting, when they are aching, when it hurts to breathe and as the Psalmist said, they are weary with moaning; every night they flood their bed with tears; they drench their couch with their weeping. (ps. 6) Let us not tell them simply to be strong… If we feel we must tell these wounded ones to be strong, let us say to them, “Be strong in the LORD,” which really means… be weak and His power will be made evident through you.

If you are that aching one. If you are that broken sorrowing one whose eyes are weary and worn out from crying but you weep and mourn with the sure hope of the resurrection, be weak before the LORD. He gives grace to the humble. He is near to the brokenhearted. Be weak in yourself. And people will probably tell you that you are so strong. And you will shake your head because you know how empty of strength you are in yourself and you will say, “No, dear friend… I am weak, as weak as they come. Ever so weak. But He… HE is strong, so I can stand.” To the glory of God the Father.

Cling to the Mighty One, Cling in thy grief
Cling to the Holy One, He gives relief
Cling to the Gracious One, Cling in thy pain
Cling to the Faithful One, He will sustain

Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the Lamb who died
Cling to the crucified, Jesus the King

Cling to the Living One, Cling in thy woe
Cling to the Loving One, Through all below
Cling to the Pardoning One, He speaketh peace
Cling to the Healing One, Anguish will cease

Cling to the Bleeding One, Cling to His side
Cling to the Rising One, In Him abide
Cling to the Coming One, Hope shall arise
Cling to the Reigning One, Joy lights thine eyes

(music by Jeremy Casella, Wake Thy Slumbering Children: Indelible Grace V)

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