We were not created for isolation – we were created for community. That’s why solitary confinement is a punishment. That’s why “go to your room” is a child’s punishment. Being separated from those we love is a punishment. It is intended to break us down. It does provide time for reflection, for sure. So I must confess that when everything else has been taken away, I find myself asking the same question King David asked so many centuries ago when he cried out,
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. . . . I have made the Sovereign Lord my refuge; I will tell of all Your deeds.” (Psalm 73:25-28)
And with David, I too say of the Sovereign Lord, Creator of all the universe, my Heavenly Father –
You are my all in all, You are everything to me.
You are the Lifter of my head.
“But You are a shield around me, O Lord; You bestow glory on me and lift up my head.” (Psalm 3:3)
You are the Opener of my eyes.
“Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in Your law.” (Psalm 119:18)
“Jesus had compassion on them and touched their eyes. Immediately they received their sight and followed Him.” (Matthew 20:34)
You are the Holder of my hand.
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13)
You are the Consoler of my soul.
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” (Psalm 34:18)
You are the Director of my paths.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
“I am the Lord your God, . . . who directs you in the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)
You are the Forgiver of my sins.
” ‘Come now, let us reason together,’ says the Lord. ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.’ ” (Isaiah 1:18)
You are the Collector of my tears.
“You keep track of all my sorrows. You have collected all my tears in Your bottle. You have recorded each one in Your book.” (Psalm 56:8)
You are the Maker of my manna.
“Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘I will rain down bread from heaven for you.’ . . . The Israelites ate manna forty years, until they came to a land that was settled; they ate manna until they reached the border of Canaan.” (Exodus 16:4 & 35)
You are the Healer of my diseases.
“Praise the Lord, O my soul, . . . who forgives all your (my) sins and heals all your (my) diseases,” (Psalm 103:2-3)
You are the Protector of my life.
“You hem me in – behind and before; You have laid Your hand upon me.” (Psalm 139:5)
You are my Rescuer from the pit.
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; He set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.” (Psalm 40:2)
You are my Redeemer from death.
“I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end He will stand upon the earth. And after my skin has been destroyed, yet in my flesh I will see God; I myself will see Him with my own eyes – I, and not another. How my heart yearns within me!” (Job 19:25-27)
You are the changer of my heart.
“I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.” (Ezekiel 36:26)
You are the Hearer of my heart’s deepest cries.
“Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.” (Isaiah 65:24)
“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; He delivers them from all their troubles.” (Psalm 34:17)
You are the Giver of all good gifts.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17)
You are the Hope of the hopeless. You are my hope.
“Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.” (Isaiah 49:23)
“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 15:13)
sincerely, Grace Day