What a Friend We Have in Jesus: The Story Behind the Hymn


Digging into the history of hymns, we often find people we can relate to.

Today, let’s discover the story behind the hymn, “What a Friend We Have in Jesus.”  

One of the best known hymns of our time, it offers comfort and strength. We enjoy singing this popular hymn at our church in North Sydney. Although its author was not a famous hymn writer, it has stood the test of time. What is the history behind this hymnRead more…

Summer Reading Series: Excerpt from I’m Royalty

Written by Susanna Homan, I’m Royalty: Growing as A Daughter of the King is a devotional book written for Christian ladies. Susanna is a fifth- and sixth-grade teacher at Heritage Baptist Academy. She also serves in Sunday School and youth ministries at her church.

“Susanna’s book, I’m Royalty, is backed up by a life wholeheartedly devoted to her King. The principles and step-by-step biblical guidance given have already been lovingly mentored into many young ladies’ lives and will be a blessing to a great many more.” (Melissa Baker)

In this brief excerpt, Susanna writes about the importance of our quiet time with God.

God rules and reigns from His throne in Heaven, but we, as the daughters of the King, have the wonderful privilege of entering the throne room of God with no fear. We know that we will be welcomed into the presence of the King. What an amazing thought! God not only allows me into His presence, but He wants me there! Why do we need to enter God’s throne room on a daily basis?

1) To know God’s will
Genesis 6:9 “These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God.”
Let’s begin with Noah, a man who lived in a corrupt generation. It sounds kind of like the days we live in. Noah learned to enter the throne room, and, while he was there, God gave him some very specific instructions that, when followed by faith, ultimately saved his family.
In Psalm 40:8, the psalmist says, “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
But how can we know God’s will? This is a question which plagues people all the time. I hear it from teens and adults alike. The psalmist knew God’s will because God’s law was in his heart. And how did God’s law get into his heart? By his spending time with God in the throne room.

2) To flee temptation
Mark 14:38 “Watch ye and pray, lest ye enter into temptation. The spirit truly is ready, but the flesh is weak.”
In Mark 14, we find some of the final moments before Jesus Christ dies on the cross. He has warned the disciples of what is to come, yet they do not understand. As Jesus prays, His disciples are near. But they are not praying or even listening while Jesus prays. They are so near to God, but not in the throne room. After Jesus comes back and awakes them, He tells them to pray, “lest ye enter into temptation.” Temptations cannot reach you nearly as easily when you are in the throne room of God.

3) To find mercy and grace
Hebrews 4:16 “Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”
This verse is exciting to me because it actually mentions the throne of God! We are to approach the throne boldly. Yes, we are totally unworthy sinners, and on our own we have no right to enter the throne room at all. But we, as the daughters of the King, are saved and washed in Jesus’ blood! We are clothed in His righteousness, and God delights to spend time with His children. The same amazing grace that saved us is available to us each day as we live for God.

4) To praise the Lord
Psalm 45:13,15 “The king’s daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold. With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king’s palace.”
Another reason to enter into the throne room of God is simply to praise Him. Psalm 45 is one of my favorite passages regarding the King’s daughter. In verse fifteen, we learn that she enters with gladness and rejoicing. Often, when we go into the throne room, it is not with a rejoicing heart. It is with struggles and heartaches. But, in the throne room, we can find grace and mercy to help during those times. No, we may not enter with huge smiles, but we can always find something for which to be thankful.
We can always find gladness in the fact that we have access to the throne of grace. We can rejoice in the One who gives us this grace.
Are you spending time in God’s throne room every day? Learn more about God each week by worshipping with the friendly church family of Northside Baptist Church – Sundays at 11:00 am. 
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Three Prayers God Always Answers

God does not answer every prayer we pray with, “Yes”. Some prayers are based on incomplete knowledge and human wisdom. Other prayers are made with selfish, greedy motives. Some prayers are overruled because His love knows best. Nevertheless, there are at least 3 prayers that God will always answer in the affirmative. In fact, He teaches us in the Bible to pray these requests. What are 3 prayers that God always answers?