I love this from Morning & Evening this morning:
“Nevertheless I am continually with thee.”
“Nevertheless,”—As if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance which David had just been confessing to God, not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God’s presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate, and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature, yet, by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings “nevertheless I am continually with thee.” Believer, you are forced to enter into Asaph’s confession and acknowledgment, endeavour in like spirit to say “nevertheless, since I belong to Christ I am continually with God!” By this is meant continually upon his mind, he is always thinking of me for my good. Continually before his eye;—the eye of the Lord never sleepeth, but is perpetually watching over my welfare. Continually in his hand, so that none shall be able to pluck me thence. Continually on his heart, worn there as a memorial, even as the high priest bore the names of the twelve tribes upon his heart for ever. Thou always thinkest of me, O God. The bowels of thy love continually yearn towards me. Thou art always making providence work for my good. Thou hast set me as a signet upon thine arm; thy love is strong as death, many waters cannot quench it; neither can the floods drown it. Surprising grace! Thou seest me in Christ, and though in myself abhorred, thou beholdest me as wearing Christ’s garments, and washed in his blood, and thus I stand accepted in thy presence. I am thus continually in thy favour—“continually with thee.” Here is comfort for the tried and afflicted soul; vexed with the tempest within—look at the calm without. “Nevertheless”—O say it in thy heart, and take the peace it gives. “Nevertheless I am continually with thee.”
I have been trying to teach this exact concept of Grace to my children,whilst simutaneously trying to grasp it all myself. Everytime I think I 'get it', I realize I don't! I cannot grasp the perfectness and fullness of God's love now but when I get to Heaven,I will! Where We Will See God Face To Face!!! All I can do now, here, is tell myself and tell my kids about God's faithfullness and His mercy the best I can using His word and my personal experiences of Grace. Do you have a personal experiences of Grace journal? I do. Sometimes I even keep other people's experiences with Grace recorded in it because they edify me, too :) It has made such a difference in my faith, when it is weak I can take out the journals and refresh my mind in God's provision. This is another way I use to "talk to myself(truth)instead of listen to myself(feelings.)" Anyways,I was just going over one of the journals and thinking about how God has really been working in a friend's life, specifically in changing hearts towards Himself. I was deep in thought kind of daydreaming of all the possibilities for them when I was struck by an interrupting thought about another friend and the words,"Tell her that our God is an Awesome God." I thought, I need to tell myself that Our God Is An Awesome God too!! How simple. But not! Right? These basic 6 words tell a million more. They really cover it all. I think I'll print these exact words on my new journal cover, because it's time to start a new one for August. And yes, I will share it with my friend too! ;)
"At the foot of the cross, where Grace and mercy meet. You have shown me Your love, in the plans You have for me. And Youv'e won my heart, yes, Youv'e won my heart. Now I can trade these ashes in for beauty, and wear forgiveness like a crown! Coming to kiss the feet of mercy, I lay every burden down at the foot of the cross."