"Underneath are the everlasting arms." -Deuternomy 33:27
God--the eternal God--
is Himself our support at all times,
and especially when we are sinking in deep trouble.
There are seasons when the Christian sinks very low in humiliation.
Under a deep sense of his great sinfulness,
he is humbled before God until he hardly knows how to pray...
Well, child of God, remember that when you are at your worst and lowest,
even then "underneath" you "are the everlasting arms."
Sin may drag you ever so low,
but Christ's great atonement is still under all.
You may have descended into the depths, but...
He saves "to the uttermost."
Again, the Christian sometimes sinks very deeply
in sore trial from without.
Every earthly prop is cut away.
Still underneath him are "the everlasting arms."
He cannot fall so deep in distress and affliction
but what he covenant grace of an ever-faithful God
will still encircle him...
This assurance of support is a comfort
to any weary but sincere worker
in the service of God.
It implies a promise
of strength for each day,
grace for each need,
and power for each duty.
And finally, when death comes,
the promise will still hold good...
We will descend into the grave, but we shall go no lower,
for the eternal arms prevent our further fall.
All through life, and at its close,
we shall be upheld by the "everlasting arms"--
arms that neither flag nor lose their strength,
for "the everlasting God... does not grow faint or weary."
What have I to dread?
What have I to fear?
Leaning on the everlasting arms;
I have blessed peace with my Lord so near.
Leaning on the everlasting arms.
-Elisha A. Hoffman