Day by day, and with each passing moment,Strength I find to meet my trials here;
Trusting in my Father’s wise bestowment,I’ve no cause for worry or for fear.
He, whose heart is kind beyond all measure,Gives unto each day what He deems best,
Lovingly its part of pain and pleasure,Mingling toil with peace and rest.
Every day the Lord Himself is near me,With a special mercy for each hour;
All my cares He fain would bear and cheer me,He whose name is Counsellor and Pow’r.
The protection of His child and treasureIs a charge that on Himself He laid;
“As thy days, thy strength shall be in measure,”This the pledge to me He made.
Help me then, in every tribulation,So to trust Thy promises, O Lord,
That I lose not faith’s sweet consolation,Offered me within Thy holy Word.
Help me, Lord, when toil and trouble meeting,
E’er to Till with Christ the Lord I stand.take, as from a father’s hand,
One by one, the days, the moments fleeting,
The writer of this hymn Carolina Sandell Berg (1832-1903) was never physically strong and spent most of her time in her father’s study. When she was twenty six she traveled with her father to Sweden and during the voyage her father fell overboard and drowned as she looked on. She was very close to her father and after his loss she wrote this hymn that expresses the comfort she found in her Heavenly Father.
As I was rereading Desiring God by John Piper again I was thinking about what he said about how we work to “serve God”. We are commanded to be obedient but does God really need us to serve Him?
Psalm 50:15(AMP) 15Call on Me in the day of trouble; I will rescue you, and you shall honor and glorify Me
He gets glory from serving us!
And are we to “ serve Jesus”?
Mark 10:44 (AMP) 45 For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a [a]ransom for many.”
Do we spend too much time finding ways to “ do something for God “ when He wants to do something for us?