When the darkness closes in… Blessed be Your name.

It’s been a tough week for me this week. I’ve been so busy with so many different things and have faced so many challenges that it’s unreal! From being accused of plagiarism to a little bit of financial worry due to my job, it’s been pretty rubbish, and I’ve felt that way too.

It wasn’t until I was able to take an hour out to just hang around with some people and just to talk to God about the weeks events. At various times this week, I’ve prayed to God for strength in dealing with the issues that I’ve come across and I’ve kept the ‘prayer line’ open between myself and Him. But sometimes, I feel that, if we’re Christians, we can just do this on auto pilot and we don’t really think about our conversations with our Heavenly Father.

So, I went to morning prayer at my church, St. Paul’s. I’ve sung ‘Blessed Be Your Name’ by Matt Redman many a time; I love the song. But fresh meaning was brought to that song this morning when I stopped and meditated on the line, “When the darkness closes in Lord, still I will say: Blessed be the name of the Lord, blessed be your name!”

We can all feel at times that the darkness is closing in. The distress can make us numb, we can be overcome by fear and anxiety. There’s a guy called Job who had a HORRIBLE time in life… yet Job was the guy in the Bible who said “Blessed be the name of the Lord” in the midst of those various trials and disasters. So… two things to consider for myself this evening:

  1. When things are tough and I feel like I can’t take it any more, can I still bless the Lord and continue to be salt and light for the sake of the Gospel so that other people may come to have a relationship with Jesus?
  2. Do I know in my heart that God is my ever present help in times of struggle, even when the ungodly things of this world are telling me that I’m on my own and I have to fight my own battles?

What about you?

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Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

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Dean Roberts

Dean is a Minister in the Anglican Church. Currently he is Curate in the parishes of Bedwas, Machen, Michaelston-y-Fedw and Rudry in South Wales. He was born and bred in Wales, is married to Megan, and has two dogs called Taliesin and Melyn, and two cats named Sinsir and Hâf. He graduated from Cardiff University with a BA Hons. in Theology & Religious Studies, and has studied for an MA in Theology, Ministry & Mission at Trinity College Bristol. He also holds a Cert.RSCM from the Royal School of Church Music. He loves playing music, walking, reading, blogging and horse riding as well as going to the cinema and theatre. Read More @ http://deanroberts.net/about

  • Justin Groves

    Blessed be His glorious name