“THE LORD HAS BEEN MINDFUL OF US“
by Wayne S. Walker
“The LORD has been mindful of us; He will bless us; He will bless the house of Israel; He will bless the house of Aaron” (Psalm 115:12). The Lord has not promised His people that their lives would be the proverbial “bed of roses.” Christians will experience their share of the general trials and tribulations that result from living on a sin-cursed earth, and there may also be persecutions for the sake of righteousness. However, through it all, God has promised to be mindful of our needs and provide for us as He knows best. “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
I assume that every faithful Christian can look back over his life and at least in his own mind identify those times when he has seen evidence that the Lord has been mindful of him. Lloyd Otis Sanderson, who lived from 1901 to 1992, was a gospel preacher and a well-known hymn writer among churches of Christ, editing three songbooks for the Gospel Advocate Co. In 1948 he copyrighted a song which says, “Though I through the valley of shadow, O’er mountain or troubled sea, And oft in the darkness, have travelled, The Lord has been mindful of me! The Lord has been mindful of me! He blesses and blesses again! My God is the God of the living! How excellent is His name!”
Concerning this hymn, Sanderson wrote, “When I was converted in 1922, I first thought that I had made a sacrifice. I left a good work, providing good pay and good friends and boosters with an opportunity to receive worthy promotion. I was involved in fund-raising for the Methodist Church with a goal of $75 million for mission work. But I left that and became a member of the church which had suffered brunts from denominationalism everywhere. But I didn’t really sacrifice. I didn’t miss a week’s work by the change. I found so many true associations. I had a thousand mothers in spiritual Israel. I had brothers and sisters by the thousands who were nearer and dearer than flesh kin. I was led into endeavors that far outstripped what I had been doing. I decided that I had been wonderfully blessed. With this feeling, I wrote ‘The Lord Has Been Mindful of Me.’ You can see this story in the lyrics. In days of shadow, troubles, and darkness, the Lord has still been mindful. More than any grief, sorrow, adversity, or sacrifice, I have been blessed. I’m rich, saved, happy, in good health, prosperous in many ways, homes open to me, and friends of greater value than all the wealth of the world. Indeed, God blesses and blesses again. And this was the song of my heart.”