The Everlasting Arms of Jesus

Trust in the Lord with all your heart
    and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him,
    and he will make your paths straight.

  • Proverbs 3:5-6

“What a fellowship, what a joy divine
Leaning on the everlasting arms
What a blessedness, what a peace is mine
Leaning on the everlasting arms
    Leaning, leaning
    Safe and secure from all alarms
    Leaning, leaning
    Leaning on the everlasting arms
What have I to dread, what have I to fear
Leaning on the everlasting arms?
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near
Leaning on the everlasting arms
    Leaning, leaning
    Safe and secure from all alarms
    Leaning, leaning
    Leaning on the everlasting arms”

  • Elisha Hoffman, Anthony Showalter, Leaning on the Everlasting Arms

“’Lucy,’ said Susan in a very small voice.
“’Yes?’, said Lucy.
“’I see him now.  I’m sorry.’
“’That’s all right.’
“’But I’ve been far worse than you know.  I really believed it was him – he, I man – yesterday.  When he warned us not to go down to the fir-wood.  And I really believed it was him tonight, when you woke us up.  I mean, deep down inside.  Or I could have, if I’d let myself.  But I just wanted to get out of the woods and – and – oh, I don’t know.  And what ever am I to say to him?’
“’Perhaps you won’t need to say much,’ suggested Lucy.”

  • C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

Where do blog post ideas come from?  Can they come in an explosion of various sources, all at the same time?

When I was rereading Prince Caspian, I read the little conversation between Susan and Lucy.  Susan had been hard on Lucy, because Lucy was the only one of the children who could see Aslan.  She only spilled out her confession when she discovered that Aslan was truly there and she had to babble on about always believing, in spite of her rude behavior.  It made me think of people who are in the arms of Jesus or pretend to be.  They either believe that they are His or they don’t, but as James says, they are double-minded.

Then I was listening to some of Chris Rupp’s a Capella videos.  At the end of one of them, he gave a little history of how he got into the business, eventually creating Home Free.  He was hooked on a Capella music when his parents took him to a Glad concert.  I had never heard the group, Glad, before.

I then reviewed a post that was being scheduled.  I have noticed that some of the videos do not work, even though the link goes to the proper address.  I hereby apologize if you have noticed that.  So, I have been testing the links using the Preview function.  At the end of the video, there are six selections that Youtube makes, the upper left is always the same video again, but the others are based on the viewing history of the person watching the video.  None of those suggestions was a Chris Rupp video, but one suggestion was “Glad Acapella History.”  I could not resist.  Upon watching the 10:34 minute video of Leaning on the Everlasting Arms, done as a hymn, a fugue, a barbershop quintet, a doo wop, and a 40s swing song, I thought of how these things tied together.  By the way, I do not think Glad ruined the hymn with the doo wop version, although they claim to have done so.  I once worked with a guy who sang in barbershop quartet competitions.  That version was nice.  And I really loved the swing version, but that’s my kind of music anyway.

Yes, all of these “coincidences” in the same morning.  And I do not believe in coincidences, except for God-made Coincidences (GMCs).

The point of all this is that we need to know whether we truly believe or not.  Jesus is not a special talisman that we remove from our pockets because we are in a dark wood and we need to be rescued.  Either Jesus is in our hearts and we trust in Him or we do not.  That does not mean that we will not occasionally have a moment of weakness, but we must not be double-minded.  In the face of certain danger, we must know that we are His, that He has us, and that He will not let go.  I have had moments where it felt my heart would pound right out of my chest, but I prayed, “God, You and me, all the way.”  And then I stepped forward.

Why else would the composer call it “the everlasting arms.”  Jesus has all believers in His arms.  Do you trust in Jesus, or are you like Susan and only believe after Jesus becomes visible in your midst?

Soli Deo Gloria.  Only to God be the Glory.

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  1. Great post. I said “God, You and me, all the way.” quite often. Living alone makes one realise it’s just Him and I .

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