I have found such comfort in this Scripture. The Lord continues to pour out His love upon my life and just when I think He can bless me no more, His blessings overflow. His love never runs out.
God With Me
The Hebrew word for with is qereb. It means:
1) midst, among, inner part, middle
a) inward part
1) physical sense
2) as seat of thought and emotion
3) as faculty of thought and emotion
b) in the midst, among, from among (of a number of persons)
c) entrails (of sacrificial animals)
God is smack dab in the middle of my life. He is in my heart, my mind and in the innermost core of my soul. I feel His Holy Spirit so often, leading and guiding me. Knowing He is here with me and is not in some far off place is a true comfort.
Mighty To Save
He has shown Himself to be mighty in so many areas of my life, and I love to read about His might in His Word. The Hebrew word mighty is transliterated gibbowr. This adjective describing God means:
1) strong, mighty
As a noun, it goes on further to say:
2) strong man, brave man, mighty man
God is so strong and brave, just so mighty! Don't you love knowing He has your back in every situation you face? I do. It's a tremendous comfort to know that the Trinity, God the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, is such a strong force and can be relied on. Like the Psalmist I can say with assurance, "The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. My heart leaps for joy and I will give thanks to him in song." ~ Psalm 28:7 (NIV)
I rejoice at how He is so mighty to save. Whatever our concerns are we can safely trust in God's strength.
1) to be liberated, be saved, be delivered
2) to be saved (in battle), be victorious
1) to save, deliver
2) to save from moral troubles
3) to give victory to
a) (Qal) to exult, display joy
While He is certainly disappointed when we sin, He is not shocked. He hears our confession and our pleas for forgiveness. He rejoices in our repentant hearts and removes our sins as far as the east is from the west, which is, as one song states, "from one scarred hand to the other."
Just as we forgive our children or grandchildren when they go crazy and act like kids on crack, it doesn't change our love and delight in them. In the midst of the screaming hissy fits when they don't get to stick their finger in the light socket or have to drink out of the red cup instead of the blue, when they insist on eating only peanut butter sandwiches with only grape jelly and all the crust peeled off every day for a week, we still rejoice in the gift, the blessing, that they are. How much more so for our God?
Be Still My Heart
He is so faithful to quiet us with His precious love. The Hebrew word for quiet is charash. Some of its meanings are:
2) to be deaf
1) to be silent, keep quiet
2) to make silent
3) to be deaf, show deafness
c) (Hithpael) to remain silent
1) to rejoice
2) to tremble (from fear)
a) of entreaty, supplication
b) in proclamation, joy, praise