Wednesday, 29 August 2012

A poem for when His face is hidden....

When I felt secure, I said,
    “I will never be shaken.” 
Lord, when you favored me,
    you made my mountain stand firm;
but when you hid your face, 
    I was dismayed.

Psalm 30:6-7

With Your face turned towards me,
I know peace deep inside;
My steps, though uncertain,
Gladly follow my Guide.
As Your face shines upon me,
Your grace falls like rain,
The path broadens beneath me,
My ankles do not give way.

With Your face turned towards me,
I felt so secure,
Whatever the trial,
I’d faithfully endure.
As Your face shone upon me
Unlit paths became bright,
Hope burned in the darkness
As faith gave me sight.


O Lord, I’m dismayed!
Your face I can’t see!
The grief in my heart -
It overwhelms me!
I want nothing on earth
Besides You alone!
I’m feeble and crushed;
In anguish I groan.

Darkness now threatens
Giants loom overhead
Fear rises within me
Can’t shake off this dread.
I yearn for those days
When Your face I could see;
To You, Lord, I call,
I cry for mercy.


Your face may now be hid,
But my cry will reach Your ears,
I know You won’t leave me,
I’ve no reason to fear.
My thirst will be satisfied,
Hope will be reborn,
I’ll wait on You, my Lord -
A watchman waiting for dawn.

I remember saying to a friend not many weeks ago that I didn't think I would ever be uprooted in my walk with God again, as I felt so close to the Lord...if there is one lesson I have learned from this experience of the Lord hiding His face, it is this: It is He alone who sustains us. If I stand firm through the battles, it is by His grace alone. I can see in verse 6 of Psalm 30 that David likewise seemed to be trusting his ability to stand firm - "When I felt secure I said I will never be shaken". The experience of the Lord hiding His face quickly brought him closer to the truth - that it was the Lord alone who sustains Him in those times of safety - "You made my mountain stand firm, but when You hid Your face, I was dismayed." The reality is that "Apart from Me, you can do nothing". The reality is, as Paul Washer says, apart from Him, we can't even breathe. The mercy is that He does draw near, that He delights to shower His blessings upon us, that in Christ He never leaves us, never forsakes us, because His sacrifice alone has paid it all. He may hide His face, but only for a moment, and for only one bring us closer still.


  1. May His face shine upon you today, sister. That is my prayer today.

    I love you very much, friend.

  2. Amen and amen! He works all things together for good. I really needed to read this today! Thank you and bless you my friend!

    1. I am so glad this blessed you, Barbara! Thank you for your encouragement, may God bless you richly!

  3. It is a privilege to walk with you, Diana, to witness the mighty stirrings of God at work in your life. The lessons you're learning are serious, precious, eternal truths. One day, not far off, someone will say, "There's gold in that reservoir!"

    1. Liz...the day God brought you across my path is a day I will never forget, a day when He decided to show me something of what grace is all bringing someone alongside who unfailingly sees hope when sometimes all I can do is despair, who seems to have an endless supply of encouragement when I'm empty and discouraged, and who sees God at work when I'm running scared from self. God bless you, sis ♥

  4. Diana, I'm always so blessed by your transparency. You express what we all feel at times but don't have the courage to say. Sometimes the tunnel is dark and long, but there is always light at the end of it. I sure hope that we can meet some day this side of glory. With love from across the pond.

    1. Bless you Diane. I sometimes fear that posting when I'm in a dark spot may not be God-glorifying...your comment encourages me that He is glorified as much through our weakness as when we are standing on those mountain peaks. Yes, there is always, always light at the end of the tunnel. And I share your hope of meeting someday, God willing ♥