Devotions Based on Hymns from Glory to God and Their Scriptural Allusions
READ: Joshua 1:5
No one shall be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will not fail you or forsake you.
It is a favorite Bible verse of mine! No doubt you may have read it in correspondence from me, especially if the letter is one of condolence. You may also have heard me quote those words in the context of a prayer or a sermon. “I will not fail you or forsake you,” is one of God’s promises and one to which I cling. Because I cherish it so much, I covet that promise for others, hoping they will receive the comfort and support it has provided me in difficult times.
The context in the Old Testament book of Joshua is that Moses, the servant of the Lord, has died. God has decreed that Joshua, Moses’ assistant, will now lead the people out of the wilderness and into the Promised Land. God wants His servant, Joshua, to know that he does not go alone and that God will provide him with courage and strength as he leads the people.
This promise is alluded to in the hymn, O Worship the King, All Glorious Above. In verse 3 we sing: “Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail, in you do we trust nor find you to fail; your mercies how tender, how firm to the end, our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend.”
O Lord, we thank You for the scriptures filled with promises that You are for us, that You will not fail or forsake us, and that You will be with us to the end of the age. We are blessed that You are always with us! Truly You are our Maker, Defender, Redeemer and Friend. Amen.