January 2021 began with tremendous uncertainties in my life.
“O Lord, how many are my foes!
How many rise up against me!”
In the bible, King David cried out to God because he had to flee from his rebellious son Absalom. He left the palace in the middle of the night with a few of his faithful followers.
The effects of the Covid-19 pandemic in my life resulted in my small business loosing work from all my clients and inevitably moving out of my lovely apartment. After packing every inch of my Kia with the last load of my things, I was finally ready to leave. As I drove out of the parking lot at 1:30 a.m., I was teary-eyed saying goodbye to the apartment and great neighborhood I lived in. This was not my plan but it was the logical choice of action for me.
From Charles Spurgeon’s bible commentary, King David’s foes were rebellion from his son and attacks from his enemies. The foes haunting me at the time were: I thought my life was out of control, no place to call home, no source of income, losing my small business, and only some savings left to sustain me. Thankfully, my sister and brother-in-law opened their home as a temporary place for me to stay until I can get back on my feet.
“Many are saying of me, ‘God will not deliver him.'”
One night while trying to fall asleep, doubt and worry overwhelmed me to sleeplessness. So I started praying. Completely surrendering my life and will to God, I cried for the Lord God to intervene and help me, asking Him to show me the way I should go, even if it meant letting go of my small business dreams, goals, and plans. In the last week of January, this was my prayer in the wee hours of the morning: “please Lord God help me, please intervene and show me the way, I surrender all!”
“But you, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.”
“I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill.”
The following week, my heavy heart was lifted and replaced with assurance and confidence to begin searching for employment and a new place to call home. The 1st week of February I submitted my CV and application to several employment opportunities. The 2nd week I received an invitation to interview. The 3rd week I completed a personality questionnaire. On the last of week of February, I received an offer of employment. Praise the Lord! for His Faithfulness to provide. I started my new role in March.
“Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God!”
“From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.”
How amazing and wonderful to realize that this song, recorded a few years ago, would be so meaningful and relevant to me today because I can personally relate to it’s message. This song now serves as one of my daily reminders to “Trust in the Lord” all the days of my life. My faith and love for the Lord God Almighty is deeper and stronger now than it was when I first recorded this song.
I was inspired to write this blog when Peter Vantine, the composer of this song and my collaborator, created the official video of Psalm 3 along with other videos of his solo vocal music compositions featuring my Soprano voice. Watch the video recently published on YouTube.