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“I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name”

I went to the ocean for a few days, thanks to my good friends Wendy, Aidan and Ava.  It was a really nice getaway and I enjoyed spending time with this sweet family.

One of my favorite pastimes at the ocean is to stand on the beach in the evening, and let the waves wash over my feet. As the water passes back out to the ocean, it pulls with it the sand under my feet.  It’s an exercise in balance to try to stand still while the ground is being washed out from under you. It’s dizzying, really, as the sound of the waves roar, the ocean breeze blows, and the sand shifts- all these things are so disorienting, and it is easy to be thrown off balance.

But, oh, isn’t it such a perfect analogy of life in this world.

One evening as I was walking along the beach, stopping to let the water and sand do their thing, this song came to my mind. Because I am always so prone to trust the wrong things, the wrong people, the wrong situations, this line became a focal point of my prayers over the weekend- “I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.”

Knowing that Christ is the solid rock Who offers me a stable footing on which to stand helps me to remember that I don’t need to have sandy feet as the tides of life change, as the storms of life come.  His covenant with me sustains me, and really is the only thing that gives me hope in this life. That I will trust only in Him for all that pertains to this life is my prayer.

When I am tempted to trust a sweet talker, or when I try to build a foundation for my life in the sands of shifting circumstances, I can become disoriented, and thrown off balance, losing sight of the wisdom of standing firm on the rock of my salvation.  As the song says, ultimately, my hope is built only on the blood of my Savior, and is sustained only by His righteousness.  There is no other source of hope and strength in this life than Jesus Christ- my rock and my anchor. There is no other source of that sweet covenant love than what comes from His heart.

Ultimately, I look forward to that day that the songwriter describes when Christ will return for us. We, as His redeemed children, will be dressed in His righteousness alone, faultless to stand before His throne.