[Papercut Press Publishing]1999-05-24 - Finding Our Strength in the Lord

Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:10

It has been a while since I shared a poem with you all. The good news is, I didn't write it. Lydia H. Sigourney wrote it, and if her name rings a bell, well, I'm surprised. This poem was published for the first time, March 5, 1836, and, I think, has been out of print since then.

The title of the poem is "as thy day, so shall thy strength be." The poem is a testament to the authors trust in God and the strength He provides to get through each day and each trial. As the Psalmist says in Psalm 46:1,

"God is our refuge and strength,
A very present help in trouble."
"as thy day, so shall thy strength be."

When adverse winds and waves arise,
And in my heart despondence sighs,
When life her throng of care reveals,
And weakness o'er my spirit steals,
Grateful I hear the kind decree,
That "as my day my strength shall be."

When, with sad footsteps, memory roves
'Mid smitten joys, and buried loves,
When sleep my tearful pillow flies,
And dewy morning drinks my sighs,
Still to thy promise, Lord, I flee,
That "as my day my strength shall be."

One trial more must yet be past;
One pang, the keenest and the last;
And when, with brow convulsed and pale,
My feeble quivering heart-strings fail,
Redeemer, grant my soul to see,
That, "as her day her strength shall be."

by Lydia H. Sigourney © 1999 Papercut Press, Inc.

In whatever we do, let us give glory to God and find our strength in Him. "… whoever serves, as by the strength which God supplies; so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ …" 1 Peter 4:11

Soli Deo Gloria,