Saved From Suicide

“Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him, … to deliver their soul from death.” – Psalm 33:18-19

William Cowper, though a Christian, had sunk to the depths of despair. One foggy night he called for a carriage and asked to be taken to London Bridge on the Thames River. He was so overcome by depression that he intended to commit suicide. After 2 hours of driving through the mist, Cowpers’ coachman confessed that he was lost. Disgusted by the delay, Cowper left the carriage and decided to find the London Bridge on foot. After walking a short distance, he discovered that he was at his own doorstep. The carriage had been going in circles.

Recognising the restraining hand of God and convicted by the Spirit, Cowper realised that the way out to his troubles was to look to God, not jump into the river. With gratitude he sat down and wrote these reassuring words: “God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. O fearful saint, fresh courage take; the clouds you so much dread are big with mercy, and shall break in blessing on your head.” Cowpers hymn of gratitude has comforted many of Gods’ people since the 18th Century.

The psalmist said, “The eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him” (33:18). Our need is always His concern. – HGB

His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour:
The bad may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower. – Cowper


Read: Psalm 34:1-7

Taken from Our Daily Bread