When we feel sorry for ourselves and start to think the LORD cannot help us, He asks, “Who are you to think I can do nothing?”

BibleGateway: Job 38:1-12

ESV Text: Job 38:1-12

Job 38:1–12 (Listen)

The Lord Answers Job

38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said:

  “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
  Dress for action1 like a man;
    I will question you, and you make it known to me.

  “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
    Tell me, if you have understanding.
  Who determined its measurements—surely you know!
    Or who stretched the line upon it?
  On what were its bases sunk,
    or who laid its cornerstone,
  when the morning stars sang together
    and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

  “Or who shut in the sea with doors
    when it burst out from the womb,
  when I made clouds its garment
    and thick darkness its swaddling band,
10   and prescribed limits for it
    and set bars and doors,
11   and said, ‘Thus far shall you come, and no farther,
    and here shall your proud waves be stayed’?

12   “Have you commanded the morning since your days began,
    and caused the dawn to know its place,


[1] 38:3 Hebrew Gird up your loins


KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 38

     1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said, 2 Who is this that darkeneth counsel by words without knowledge? 3 Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me.

     4 Where wast thou when I laid the foundations of the earth? declare, if thou hast understanding. 5 Who hath laid the measures thereof, if thou knowest? or who hath stretched the line upon it? 6 Whereupon are the foundations thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof; 7 When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? 8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it brake forth, as if it had issued out of the womb? 9 When I made the cloud the garment thereof, and thick darkness a swaddlingband for it, 10 And brake up for it my decreed place, and set bars and doors, 11 And said, Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed?

     12 Hast thou commanded the morning since thy days; and caused the dayspring to know his place;(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 25:
I Will Sing my Maker’s Praises

Hymnary.org — Organ Audio

1. I will sing my Maker’s praises 
And in Him most joyful be, 
For in all things I see traces 
Of His tender love to me. 
Nothing else than love could move Him 
With such sweet and tender care 
Evermore to raise and bear 
All who try to serve and love Him. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

2. Yea, so dear did He esteem me 
That His Son He loved so well 
He hath given to redeem me 
From the quenchless flames of hell. 
O Thou Spring of boundless blessing, 
How could e’er my feeble mind 
Of Thy depth the bottom find 
Though my efforts were unceasing? 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

3. All that for my soul is needful 
He with loving care provides, 
Nor of that is He unheedful 
Which my body needs besides. 
When my strength cannot avail me, 
When my powers can do no more, 
Doth my God His strength outpour; 
In my need He doth not fail me. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

4. When I sleep, He still is near me, 
O’er me rests His guardian eye; 
And new gifts and blessings cheer me 
When the morning streaks the sky. 
Were it not for God’s protection, 
Had His countenance not been 
Here my guide, I had not seen 
E’er the end of my affliction. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

5. As a father never turneth 
Wholly from a wayward child, 
For the prodigal still yearneth, 
Longing to be reconciled, 
So my many sins and errors 
Find a tender, pardoning God, 
Chastening frailty with His rod, 
Not in vengeance, with His terrors. 
All things else have but their day, 
God’s great love abides for aye. 

6. Since, then, neither change nor coldness 
In my Father’s love can be, 
Lo! I lift my hands with boldness, 
As Thy child I come to Thee. 
Grant me grace, O God, I pray Thee, 
That I may with all my might, 
All my lifetime, day and night, 
Love and trust Thee and obey Thee 
And, when this brief life is o’er, 
Praise and love Thee evermore.