Janet Liscio, Worship Team
Besides the life and model of beautiful faith in my own mother, I had what I call a spiritual mother in Elisabeth Eliott (missionary and author) through her writings and broadcasts. She would start her daily radio broadcasts with the following words: “Remember you are loved with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) And underneath are the everlasting arms.” (Deuteronomy 33:27) I must have heard those words hundreds of times.
In reading through the Psalms (and those for today), I am struck by the phrases reflecting on God’s lovingkindess and tender mercies, along with the plaintive cries of the psalmist asking for many, many requests from God. For me, the knowledge of God’s everlasting love has been the cornerstone of my faith. Knowing that He is deserving of my trust, I am able to leave my life in His hands, in His everlasting arms.
In the 86th psalm, David asks God to do many things including the following: teach me, save me, be gracious to me, make me glad, give ear to my prayer, give heed, unite my heart, turn to me, and grant me Your strength. What is striking is that these are all requests to remain in His presence, to learn from Him and to draw strength from Him. As we strive to rest in God’s everlasting arms, the focus is off of us and onto who He is and how we can trust Him. This Psalm is a beautiful list of requests indicating a complete need of, and surrender to the God who loves with an everlasting love. I just love the imagery of being held in His arms, much like another Psalm (17:8), “I’ll hide in the shadow of Your wings.” Surrender to this great Love (and ensuing trust) doesn’t happen in an instant. As Elisabeth Elliot used to say, “One does not surrender a life in an instant. That which is life-long can only be surrendered in a lifetime.” Lord, give us the faith and the constancy of faith we need to love and trust You