His Provision

Posted: August 23, 2009 in Bellshill, religion, Salvation Army
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At our morning service we had the retirement of two officers (ministers) who have served as Salvation Army officers (minister) for 38.5 years! We celebrated there many years of faithful service and the love and teaching they have passed on to all they met during their service.

This all got me to thinking about my own service, obviously not as a Salvation Army officer (minister), but simply as a follower of Christ who is serving Him as a soldier in the Salvation Army at Bellshill. What I started thinking about was my own service. If this were my “retirement” today, would I be celebrating my service to God, confident I had served Him well all my life?


This is a very tough question, and an even tougher one to answer honestly! So what’s my answer? Well, I could tell you that I have served God as well as I possibly could and done everything He’s asked of me, but I’m afraid that would not be the truth. I have done something in my life that I am not proud of, I’ve done some things in my life that gone against God’s plan for me and I’ve said and done some things which I am ashamed of.

However, I am so thankful to God that despite all of this, He has forgiven me for all my sins, because He still loves me and cares for me and wants me to serve Him.
So how about you – If this were your”retirement” today, would you be celebrating your service to God, confident that you had served Him well all your life?

Whether your answer is positive or negative, rejoice, because God still loves you, and will always love you no matter what your sins.

On Thursday night at our band practice we practiced the beautiful Ivor Bosanko piece “His Provision” which was originally published in in the 1985 Musical Salvationist as a songster (senior choir) piece. The words of that piece are very relevant to where my thoughts have been today, and in fact we played this piece during our morning service.

Please consider the words of this song, and try to see how they fit with your life:

His Provision (Ivor Bosanko)
At the moment of my weakness,
When my need for pow’r is plain,
And my own strength is exhausted once again,
Then my Lord has made provision
For the day of my despair,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
Then my Lord has made provision
For the day of my despair,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

Holy Spirit! Promised Presence fall on me.
Holy Spirit! Make me all I long to be.
Holy Spirit! Holy Spirit!
Give your pow’r to me,
O Holy Spirit.

When the darkness falls around me,
When bewildered and afraid,
When I feel the most deserted and betrayed,
Then my ev’ry need is answered
By God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
Then my ev’ry need in answered
BY God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

Nothing now can rob God’s servant
Of the peace that He bequeaths,
Nothing take away the strength His presence breathes,
Of the EVERLASTING ARMS OF LOVE I’M DAILY MADE AWARE,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer, my prayer,
of the everlasting arms of love I’m daily made aware,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

In conclusion I just want to leave the highlight me favourite words in this song:
When the darkness falls around me,
When bewildered and afraid,
When I feel the most deserted and betrayed,
Then my ev’ry need is answered
By God’s providential care,
And His precious Holy Spirit hears my prayer.

These words are so reassuring to me, I hope they are reassuring to you too.
Comments
  1. Sheila Tremayne says:

    I am a struggling soul…..reaching out into my past, as a former Salvationist, finding THIS song on YouTube this morning – I’ve searched ALL day for the sheet music to download and play!……Ending my own life is my most urgent desire at this time……yet the Lord spoke to my troubled heart, mind and soul through this song…….He has caused me to at least re-think my choices……and I’m asking you, as I chanced by your page in my search…..CAN you tell me where I might buy/download/obtain the sheet music to play on my piano, where I live alone, remotely on a hillside, with just myself, and my troubled mind as companion – I have lost my belief in a loving God…..I have lost my faith, my will to live, and my desire is to opt out of living altogether……YET…..there must still be a spark of hope in me for life, else I’d NOT be reaching out here to you, nor yet trying to find a meaning to life in the Lord I once served! – Can YOU help me to help myself please?!

    • Dot says:

      Hi Sheila, I am so sorry to hear you are struggling so much with life. However the very fact that you have paused in your darkest hour and searched for music for His Provision, and then reached out to me, suggests to me that you are clinging to something deep within yourself that is reminding you that God IS with you.

      I’m not going to quote scripture or tell you all the things that I’m sure you already know or have already heard from others, but I am simply going to say this…God IS with you, and no matter how deep the darkness you find yourself in, He is with you and will pull you through – I myself have been there and can testify to having survived some very very dark times that I would never wish on my worst enemy. At the time I did not realise how much od had guided me in those dark day, but now looking back on things I realise that on my own, I would never have made the decisions which I ultimately made, and so know it was God who held my hand in those dark days and who guided me through the darkness to the light.

      I’m not sure what else I can say to you, other than just to assure you of God’s love and his presence in your life, as I know from my own experience that no matter how I feel about God, He never leaves me, and continues to walk with me.

      I personally do not have a copy of the piano music for His Provision, however I do know that is included in the New Salvation Army Song Book, and is therefore included in the new tune book, if you are able to access a copy of that. Failing that, let me know, and I’ll see if I can get a copy of the music for you.

      You are in my prayers Sheila.
      Dot

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