Do Not Worry

Do not worry about anything;
Pray instead about everything.
Tell God your needs and don’t forget to thank Him,
Thank Him for His answers.

God is your shelter and your strength,
A very present help in trouble.
There’s no need to fear, though the world fall about you.
Calm down and know that He is still the Lord,
Still the Lord.

About This Song:
This song is the original version of an extended version I’ll share next week (“Call Upon His Name”). It’s based on two Scriptures, Philippians 4:6:
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
(NIV)

and Psalm 46:1-2:
1 God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea.
(NIV)

I used to be responsible for the opening exercise in an adult Bible Study class, and sometimes I’d make up a song to use. This is one of them.

I don’t know about you, but I tend to be a worrier. I know worry is silly and unnecessary, though. After all, everything in the world–including the most minute parts of my life–are in God’s hands.

Could it be that my faith isn’t strong enough? Do I doubt God’s abilities regardless of how much I claim to trust Him? Or am I afraid He won’t provide the solution I want?

Whoops. I’ll bet I’m so set on getting my answer that I don’t trust Him to see things my way. Hmm. Not good. If, for example, God chooses death to heal someone who’s suffering from cancer, isn’t that really the best possible answer–even though I would prefer that God miraculously heal the patient?

You know the old saying “Father knows best”? Well, God is my heavenly Father, and sometimes I have to remind myself that He knows best. Why can’t I just be happy accepting that?

So I often sing this song or “Call Upon His Name” to remind myself Who’s really in control. And that line about thanking Him? So important. Remembering God’s kept promises is a real boost to our wavering faith.

Are you worried about something today? Let these lyrics and the Scriptures they’re based on help lift you to God’s throne of grace and give you the peace you need.

~*~

Links you might be interested in:

I’ll be back again next Wednesday.

Best regards,
Roger

About Roger E. Bruner

Seventy-four-year-old Roger E. Bruner is the author and publisher of eighteen Christian novels and the writer of more than two hundred Christian songs and choruses, a handful of musical dramas, and a number of shorter works. He sings, plays guitar and bass, and records his original songs in his home studio. He will be active in his church's nursing home ministry again when circumstances permit and in the church choir when it starts up again. In the meantime he'll keep playing bass on the praise team. Married for seventeen years to Kathleen, he has one grown daughter. Kathleen has two. Roger enjoys reading, moderate exercise, photography and book cover design (he's done all of his own except for Rosa No-Name), playing Snood, making walking sticks, and complaining about the state of the nation while continuing to pray for it.
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