Sunday, March 20, 2011

The whole world in His hands...

God is my shepherd
I won't be wanting
I won't be wanting
He makes me rest
In fields of green
With quiet streams

Even though I walk
Through the valley
Of death and dying
I will not fear
Cause you are with me
You are with me

Your shepherd's staff
Comforts me
You are my feast
In the presence of enemies
Surely goodness
Will follow me
Follow me
In the house of God forever.

Kelsey introduced Connie and I to this song several weeks ago, and as we sang our favorite praise songs together this afternoon, we ended with this one. It's such a peaceful and comforting reassurance of Whom we have put our trust in-and with all that is going on in our world today, that's a much needed thing! I talk with my international friends, and hear of how they've not seen their families in years-and many of their families are seriously ill, and separated from them by thousands of miles. I hear of the strife in Africa, and think of how in two and a half months, I will be entering that region. I hear of the suffering in Japan and Haiti,and think of the friends and acquaintances I have there. I hear of the unrest in so many other parts of the earth, and grieve for the lost there who are enduring such hardships as I will only ever have to imagine. My heart is bleeding for the hurting, the sick, the dying, the grieving, the lost...and yet we're all held in the same Hands. The Hands which made every particle of this fallen planet in which we dwell, and the Hands that keep it from crumbling into nothingness. The Hands which will one day (very soon!) wipe all the tears from our eyes, will banish suffering and pain, will heal all wounds, and will make all things new. And knowing this gives me such joy-I want to dance and sing and shout and tell the whole world of the hope which we can all have, for I know that,
"The sufferings we have now are nothing compared to the great glory that will be shown to us." Rom. 8:18

He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He's got my brothers and my sisters in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the sun and the rain in His hands,
He's got the moon and the stars in His hands,
He's got the wind and the clouds in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got the rivers and the mountains in His hands,
He's got the oceans and the seas in His hands,
He's got you and he's got me in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

He's got everybody here in His hands,
He's got everybody there in His hands,
He's got everybody everywhere in His hands,
He's got the whole world in His hands.

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