Hymns of Hope: Day 11

Safe in the Arms of Jesus

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Today's Text: Isaiah 41:8-10, Psalm 46:1-11, Matthew 23:37-39, Mark 10:13-16

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 41:8-10, Psalm 46:1-11, Matthew 23:37-39, Mark 10:13-16

I once heard a story of a momma hen found in the rubble of a burned down chicken coop. The hen didn’t survive the fire, but tucked up under her breast, the farmer found her brood of tiny chicks, safely sheltered by their momma’s wings.

This tender image has stayed with me over the years. I think of it when I drop my children off at school and a familiar pang of fear strikes my chest. It comes to mind when I watch the news in horror. I’m reminded of it when a devastating medical diagnosis hits too close to home, and I can no longer deny that we are broken people living in broken bodies in a broken world.

Our bodies are broken, resulting in sickness that ranges from inconvenient to terminal. Our hearts are broken, leaving us hurting and hungry for relief. Our culture is broken and no political system can fix the chasm. We don’t have to look far to realize all over again, that there is much to fear. No amount of nail biting or floor pacing can change that.  

When the world around me feels ablaze, I’m so grateful the Word reminds me that I am tucked safely under the wings of my Savior; there is room for everyone I love to find shelter here too. And we can stake a claim and raise a banner over these bedrock truths found in His Word:

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
- Psalm 46:1,7

We see suffering and beg God to be with those who are hurting. But lean in and listen closely: Every page of His Word declares, “I’m already right here!” We don’t have the promise that our fears are unfounded or that suffering won’t come, but the safest space we can run to is the presence of Jesus. He wants to gather us like a hen gathers her brood (Matthew 23:37), to tuck us in and shelter us as the storm of sin passes over this dying world.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe on His gentle breast,
there by His love o’ershaded,
sweetly my soul shall rest.

Fanny Crosby, the author of this hymn, surely knew a thing or two about fear and suffering. Blind since infancy, she must have faced more than her fair share of fiery trials. And yet, in addition to penning more than 5,000 hymns declaring the sufficiency of God, she is known to have uttered these faith-filled words:

“Do you know that if at birth I had been able to make one petition, it would have been that I was born blind?…  Because when I get to heaven, the first face that shall ever gladden my sight will be that of my Savior.”

Fanny spent her life in the dark, but never alone. In this life she was tucked under the wings of her Savior, knowing that in the next all fear and hurt would fade away. Oh, we are safe in the arms of Jesus, friends. Safe on His gentle breast. In His presence we’re overshadowed by love. So sweetly, our souls can rest.  

 

Safe in the Arms of Jesus
Text: Fanny Crosby, 1868

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe on His gentle breast,
there by His love o’ershaded,
sweetly my soul shall rest.
Hark! ’tis the voice of angels
borne in a song to me.
Over the fields of glory,
over the jasper sea.

Refrain:
Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe on His gentle breast,
there by His love o’ershaded,
sweetly my soul shall rest.

Safe in the arms of Jesus,
safe from corroding care,
safe from the world’s temptations,
sin cannot harm me there.
Free from the blight of sorrow,
free from my doubts and fears;
only a few more trials,
only a few more tears!    Refrain

Jesus, my heart’s dear refuge,
Jesus has died for me;
firm on the Rock of Ages,
ever my trust shall be.
Here let me wait with patience,
wait till the night is o’er;
wait till I see the morning
break on the golden shore.    Refrain

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Erin Davis is an author, blogger, and speaker who loves to see women of all ages run to the deep well of God’s Word. When she’s not writing, you can find Erin chasing chickens and children on her small farm in the Midwest.

  • Rebekah K

    Thank you!

  • Mirruk Stein

    Praying for you this morning. May God bring you comfort and peace.

  • Helen Pollard

    Rebekah, my heart bleeds for you. I had a miscarriage two years ago but that is only the smallest glimpse of what you must be going through. May you know your heavenly father’s arms around you as you grieve.

  • God is already there…how true!
    My father is due to have surgery this week and it is extremely risky. God has been with him while he sits in the hospital waiting, just like He has been with us all since the beginning. Would you please remember my Dad in your prayers that he may be reminded he is tucked under God’s wings? He has 4 blood clots, 2 in his leg, 2 in his lungs. The doctors have put an “umbrella” to catch the 2 in his leg. He broke his leg in 3 places about 3 weeks ago and was supposed to already have surgery. He was rushed to the ER last weekend because he couldn’t breathe and then transfered to another hosptial. If he has surgery, the 2 clots will move and if the umbrella doesn’t catch them, then it will be fatal. If God calls him home, may he know before then that God kept him safe in Jesus’s arms.
    Thank you for your prayers and may you feel God’s arms wrapped around you always.

  • Denille Dillabough

    Thank you for sharing Jesus with others. It’s my prayer that people will be saved and find the peace that only comes with a personal relationship with Him.

  • I was a day late to reading this one — and I feel like it was part of God’s plan. I am 23 weeks pregnant with my second child, and while my first pregnancy was a breeze and I have a wonderful 20 month old boy, this one has been more challenging. These challenges threaten the safety of my unborn baby girl and myself. I have been off work since June and just learned today that my medical leave pay will take an additional 2 weeks to hit our bank account. It is terrifying enough to learn that your child could be in danger. The added stress of not having nearly 2/3 of our income does not make it easier.

    However, there is a light. His name is Jesus and He has been my foundation these last several weeks. At first, I cried. My husband held me trying to hold back his own tears. I researched all the medical terms the doctor had said. I did the calculations on our savings account over and over to see how long we would make it. It had been a few weeks since we’d been to church. Almost as long since I’d cracked my Bible…citing “life” as my reason for not making Him a priority. Then I stopped to slow things down and think. The answer was right there. I fell into prayer and studying my Bible and listening to praise music.

    I still worry sometimes. But God keeps reminding me that He “is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” He’s got this.

    • Debbie L

      “For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand, Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
      Do not fear the present nor the future, Kristy. I, too, had a difficult pregnancy with our 2nd child, as well as struggling financially during that time. But God is faithful to keep His Promises, and He met every single one of our needs. That was 29 yrs ago. He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. Put Your trust in Him. He’s got this!

  • Jeanna McSweeney

    All of this is so precious. Fanny is such a beautiful woman of the Lord♥️. And I love the momma chicken protecting her chicks from the fire. Oh how this all blesses me!

  • Peggy Lester

    This probably sounds silly, but the story about the hen dying to save her chicks really took my breath away tonight because I instantly thought of how Christ died to save me. It gave me a new appreciation for being able to say I am safe in the shadow of His wings. This literally brings tears to my eyes.

  • I loved reading this combination of verses that serves as an amazing reminder our God is always with us, every second of every day. Hallelujah!

  • Friends – please pray for the Pitts family today. Wynter Pitts was a contributor on SRT and very unexpectedly went to be with the Lord recently. <3 This passage seems timely.

    • Dorothy

      I will be praying for the family. They will have many good memories to celebrate I’m sure.

  • The words “free from the blight of sorrow, free from my doubts and fears; only a few more trails, only a few more tears!” I can so relate to in my 59 years of life. Learning difficulties that my dad at first couldn’t except (my brothers and sister made “A” and “B”), to divorce after 11 years of marriage, to losing one son right after he turned 18, to the other using pot and drugs briefly, I have been through many trails and many tears but he was there for me. My faith has carried me through it all. My Lord will continue to carry me through as long as I let Him, I just need to let Him, which at times is hard for me to do. Blessed be the Lord.

  • Perfect.

  • “Only a few more trials, only a few more tears.” How powerful to remember that the pain of this life is I Kt temporary, and God is with us every step.

  • “Our bodies are broken, resulting in sickness that ranges from inconvenient to terminal. Our hearts are broken, leaving us hurting and hungry for relief.”
    The Lord knew I needed this, especially this morning. Facing aging health issues is frightening, breath prayers whispered when sleep isn’t easy and fear seems bigger. Thank you, Erin, for your timely words.

  • Much needed words in our little community where one heinous act has shaken every young mom to her core and left us feeling overwhelmed with fear.
    May we all remember that, indeed we are, SAFE IN THE ARMS OF JESUS.

  • Sarah Powell

    I struggle far too frequently with fear and worry (especial since becoming a mom 10 years ago). I love reminders like this that I have no reason to fear or worry because I and my children and my family all are safely under the strong and very capable arms of God. I love that over and over throughout history God has provided examples of His presence and strength and grace that are reminders for me of His ability to fully take care of and provide for us. I love Fanny’s perspective! Lord help me to remember every time I’m tempted to fear, that you’re already here and so very able.

  • Carrie Rogers

    Wonderful Truth! ❤️

  • Kimberly Martinson

    I start my new teaching job today with a week and a half of training. I woke up thinking about what I’d do in a lockdown situation with kids in my classroom. What a fearful thought. So glad for this devotional to help me walk through that fear today.

  • Jennifer

    Amen! Amen to God’s constant abiding over us. We are so flawed and in desperate need of His constant saving grace. His careful, loving watching over His own humbles me and stills my soul and calms my deepest fears. Lately in His Word, I having been turning to Psalm 91:4-5 “He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day.” God’s constant care and watchfulness over you all this day.

  • Melody Rose

    Accidentally read Isaiah 46:1-11 instead of Psalms and came across these beautiful verses that actually go along with this devotional: “Listen to me, O house of Jacob, all the remnants of the house of Israel, who have been borne by me from before your birth, carried from the womb; ven to your old age I am he, and to gray hairs I will carry you. I have made, and I will bear; I will carry and will save.”

  • Kate Wells

    My family just packed all of our belongings on a truck to move from the north east to TN yesterday. After some issues with the price doubling and shady delivery dates, we are in very real fear that this company is a scam and that all of our belongings might never get to us in TN. This devotional couldn’t have come at a better time. I have my bible my son and husband and a suitcase of clothes. And if I never see my personal belongings again, I can rest in the Lord and know that I will be ok. I would still love some prayers my sisters. Praising Jesus today for being all I need! This world can take nothing from me because my treasure lies in the promises of my Lord and savior Jesus Christ!

    • AnneLyn P

      Praying for you and your family as you move.

    • Peaceatthelake

      Praying for you and your family today.

    • Liz Tardo

      Praying for you guys! All thing will work together for your good!

    • Christy

      I can’t imagine the stress you must be feeling! Praying for you now.

    • Churchmouse

      Praying for protection over your personal belongings, that they would arrive safely and on time in Tennessee. And I pray the rest of the move is a peaceful one

    • Brittany Ringo

      Praying for you and your family! Jesus has y’all under His wing!

    • Dorothy

      Praying that all goes well with your move and that you are happy in your new home town.

    • Peggy Lester

      Praying for you during this stressful time! God has your back!

    • Kate Wells

      Update! Thank you so
      Much for your prayers! So we have found out that our moving company is borderline breaking the law but not enough to file criminal charges. They have our belongings and the payments we made under the original contract. They are demanding payment on the new jacked up amount before they will release our stuff for delivery. Just based on what we’ve read online, the people that pay eventually get their stuff. Sometimes broken into, stolen, damaged or 3 months later. So we are taking out chances and sending them the money today and praying to God that we see our stuff again. This company has this down to a science and seemed completely
      Legit prior to moving day. I would still appreciate prayers today! We are leaving from Granby this morning. Pray that we get our belongings back and pray that anyone that touches this money or touches our belongings would see the fullness of God and what they are storing up for themselves after this life. May Gods kingdom be glorified thru this!

    • Donna

      I’m praying for all the details of your move Kate

  • Linda Wilkins

    This couldn’t have come at a better time. I’m going for gallbladder surgery this morning and I’m a bit nervous. This made me feel better.

    • Churchmouse

      Praying for a peaceful heart for you and a successful surgery and quick recovery

    • Tanya R

      Linda praying that the Lord or hosts will be with you and your surgeon! Sending prayers of peace and health to you!

    • She Reads Truth

      We’re praying for you Linda! Thanks for sharing with us. -Margot, The SRT Team

    • Dorothy

      Linda prayer for you to come out strong and healthy and feeling better. Lord guide the surgeons and the rest of the operating team through Linda’s surgery. Help Linda’s family and friends to lay their worries and anxiousness in Your hands. Amen.

    • Natasha Reyes

      I’m praying for you and your doctors, Linda.

  • Churchmouse

    In Mark 10: 13-16 Jesus takes the little children into His arms. Are we not all His little children? Today ‘s hymn and accompanying Scriptures are a clarion call to stay close to Him because He is already there. He is with me. He is my God. He will strengthen me. He will help me. He will hold on to me. No matter what befalls me, He is my safety net. I’m safe in the arms of Jesus. “Sweetly my soul shall rest.” “Be still and know that I am God. ” “Do not fear.”

    • Dorothy

      Yes Churchmouse we are children of the Lord. We all should be eager to learn like children. Amen. We need the Lord with every breathe we take.

  • Praying for you and your son Jill. Praying for peace and strength today that only comes from Him.

  • Kelly Chataine

    “We see suffering and beg God to be with those who are hurting. But lean in and listen closely: Every page of His Word declares, “I’m already right here!” ”

    YES!!!!

  • My heart has been so heavy and broken after learning of the passing of Wynter Pitts. I can’t get her or her family off of my mind. This devotional is a balm for my soul as I try to sleep. Please keep her family in your prayers.

    • Bobbie

      Her passing has hit me hard, too. I agree with you~this was a perfect passage for today.

    • ~ B ~

      Thinking of she and her family this morning, as well. She truly is in the arms of Jesus this morning!

    • Linda G

      Wynter is surely resting safe in his arms. I hadn’t heard about this so it was a shock to read. I lost my brother in law on Monday too — also unexpected. Definitely a comforting devotion.

  • It’s 3:30 am and I’m reading todays devotional in our local ER. We are awaiting lab results to see if the cocktail of prescription medicine my 15 year old son took did any damage. I know God has this. My son is tucked safely under the wing of his Father. Even though he says doesn’t love Him because “why would a God make me only to hate myself so much?” I’m so thankful for today’s reading.

    • Trudi

      O Jill, this makes me cry. I will pray for you and your son.

    • Dana

      Praying for your son.

    • Tina

      Praying for your son Jill…. and you and yours too…
      How apt and on point is it that this hymn is the one we are doing today… He is good and for sure these words are for your son and your family… He has got this… He is a loving God who only wants the nearest best for us and right now most especially your son…
      Sending love wrapped hugs and prayers for you and yours… xxx

    • Lynne

      Jill, I am so sorry to hear about your son. I will be praying for God to show him how valuable he is. It’s so hard to see our value or worth when the world feeds us that we are only here by chance. Your son has purpose and a God of hope. I too was like your son. I tried to commit suicide twice. Once when I was 12 and again at 18. God spared me and I pray that he will spare your son. God said, I will never leave you nor forsake you.” He loves you Jill and your son.

    • Kelly Chataine

      Jill, I just prayed and will continue. May God strengthen and protect you all.

    • Anne

      I’m praying for you and your son right now as I read this Jill. I have a 15 year old son so this really hits home. The fears of what the world can bring is sometimes overwhelming. I pray that Jesus will make his presence strong – we know that he is with you and your son already.

    • Bobbie

      So sorry to read this. Keeping you in my prayers even as I type. May peace, hope and comfort rain down on your family today and may you son’s spirit be renewed even now.

    • Debbie

      Praying for you and your son this morning, Jill. This little lost lamb. How great will be the rejoicing in heaven as he is found! Luke 15:3-7

    • Debbie

      Praying for you and your son right now, Jill. This little lost lamb. How great will be the rejoicing in heaven as he is found! Luke 15:3-7.

    • Churchmouse

      Praying for peace and hope for your family

    • Brandi

      Sweet sister, praying for you and your family right now! And tho I wish I be there with you right now in person I am so thankful that He is our EVER PRESENT HELP! He is there to wrap His arms around you and your son right now!

    • Lindsee

      Praying for your son right now, Jill. I’ve struggled with depression before so this hits home as well. I know the feeling. Praying the Holy Spirit releases comfort and joy in his life.

    • Kailee Tidball

      Lord, we lift Jill’s son up to you this morning ask ask that you will give his troubled heart peace in You. That You would give him your eyes to see himself just as you do – fearfully and wonderfully made in Your image – created exactly how You wanted him to be with a purpose in mind. Bless his sweet mama, Lord, comfort her and give her wisdom as they move forward. In Jesus’ precious name we pray, Amen

    • Janet C

      Oh Jill. My heart hurts with you. I have three sons and this just brought tears to my eyes. Praying for your son that he will find Gods peace and comfort under the shelter of his wings. I’m so glad you reached out to this community of believers to pray with you. We ar all broken people in a broken world and so many times we try to hide behind our masks of having it all together. It’s so much more comforting to me when we can be open and honest with each other that we all struggle in different areas. Depression is a cruel disease. I’ve been in the darkest places and I too have hated myself but God is faithful. Big hugs

    • Karen Lockwood

      Jill, praying for your son and for you.

    • claire

      Oh, Jill, a parent’s worst fear realized. I can only imagine your pain. Cling to your faith and that others are praying for your family, especially your son.

    • Kimberly

      Oh Lord, your Word tells us in John 10:10 that the enemy has come to steal, kill, and destroy, but you have come that we may have life and have it to the full. I beseech you, O Lord, to rebuke the enemy that has come to destroy Jill’s son and grant her son faith to believe that you have come to give him abundant life and that you are with him now and will walk with him out of this dark place. Stop the mouth of the lion that is seeking to devour Jill’s son. Jesus giver her son eyes to see and ears to hear what the Spirit of God is speaking to him. That You love him and died for him to set him free from sin and shame, and that self hatred which seeks to destroy is not from you but from the enemy, but thanks be to God, You have overcome the evil one! Lord wrap him in your arms and hold him tight and let him know that he is safe in the shadow of your wings! In Jesus’ strong and mighty name I pray, Amen!! Dear Jill, my heart aches for your momma’s heart. I’m praying Psalm 46: 1,7 over you. May you know His peace in the midst of the storm and see His hand at work on behalf of your family. You are loved!

    • Dorothy

      Jill I have experienced a son wanting to commit suicide. My youngest son, 6 months after witnessing his older brother’s death was saying he no longer wanted to live and that he was going to go to be with his brother. My son didn’t take any drugs had started trying ‘shrooms, but with the help of friends I had the presence of mind to admit him to a teen psychiatric inpatient facility for a few days. I am so glad I did, he rebuked me and told me I was wrong and he wasn’t going to do anything. Three years after he graduated high school (six years after his brother died) he shared a paper he wrote for English his senior year about what happened. That paper enlightened me as to why his wanting to commit suicide happened. My prayers go out to your and your family. My son still has not come back to the Lord but I know he will.

    • Katelyn

      Jill, I’m praying for you and your son. May God show you his faithfulness and may the Holy Spirit fill you both up with a peaceful presence.

  • Wow! Love this! That is the best place to be in the arms of a Wonderful, Powerful Savior. The story about the hen and her chicks reminds me of the old Christmas movie called, Nester. Nester had huge ears that always got in the way. Like any mom, she encouraged Him and reminded Him to pick up his ears. A bad snowstorm came, and she covered his body with hers, so she dies. The donkey ends up being the donkey Mary rode. It’s a kid’s movie, but I cried. Jesus gave everything to get us to Heaven, and this reminds me He is still protecting me now! That is a peaceful image to be held by Him! My mind can race and feel torment. But He can calm me, and I need that for sure!

    • Susan Myers

      I so love that little Christmas show and look for it every year. I can’t ever seem to find on in my area (Calgary, Canada). It’s the sweetest thing. I cried too! ❤️

    • Dorothy

      I am going to look and find that movie and watch it. Your always a child at heart.

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