Introduction and Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION

MUSINGS WHILE IN THE HOLD

Author Anonymous

Musings While In The Hold is a manuscript of thirty two different titles divided into twelve separate parts.

“MUSING” = Absorbed in thought; Meditative; Contemplation, Reflection; Pondering.

“HOLD” = Stronghold, Fortified Place – Safe keeping until the will of God is known. “To keep back from action”

This exposition of Musings While In The Hold will explore the depths of the sufferings of God’s most precious and highly used men in the Holy Scriptures. Embrace the dreadful sadness of the “dark side” of God’s seeming absence. Pondering how these things can be? “Where is my God”? “How long?” This is truly the “dark side of the hold.” Can it be that God has turned against His child and caused him to be the subject of the “saddest of the sad songs?” Are not these the cries of a worn out and wearied spirit?

There is however, a wonderful inexpressible side to the glorious Godhead which makes all affliction light affliction. “The Lord is thy keeper.” “He is faithful.” “He knows the end from the beginning” “and all His ways are perfect.” The great Jesus is the most celebrated sufferer of all time. He “became sin for the children of God.” which brought to pass the “Greatest exchange ever.” He was made like His brethren, so His brethren could be made like Him.”

It is our hope that we will discover not only the deep sadness that the child of God may suffer, but also experience the unsearchable glories which are ordered by God.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART ONE
Coming to the Hold
Chapter 1 Coming to the Hold

PART TWO
Musings Concerning the Suffering and the Misery
Chapter 2 Miseries: Fourfold, How Long?
Chapter 3 The Dark Side of the Hold
Chapter 4 Surely Against Me is He Turned

PART THREE
Musings Concerning the Sadness of a Broken Spirit
Chapter 5 The Saddest of the Sad Songs
Chapter 6 The Saddest of the Sad Songs (Conclusion)
Chapter 7 The Cries of a Jaded and Wearied Spirit

PART FOUR
Musings Concerning the Promises and the Apprehension of Them
Chapter 8 Struggling to Apprehend the Promises
Chapter 9 Hope Strengthened by Waiting
Chapter 10 This Poor Man Cried

PART FIVE
Musings Concerning Self-Esteem and the HARD Doctrine That Corrects It
Chapter 11 Which One of Us Shall be Greatest
Chapter 12 Pondering the Hard Shalls of Holy Writ

PART SIX
Musings Concerning the Complete Dependence on God
Chapter 13 The Faithful Prayer of Dependence
Chapter 14 The Faithful Prayer of Dependence (Continued)
Chapter 15 The Faithful Prayer of Dependence (Conclusion)

PART SEVEN
Musings Concerning God’s Faithfulness and Divine Providence
Chapter 16 The Lord is Thy Keeper
Chapter 17 I Know the Thoughts I Think Toward You
Chapter 18 Establish and Verify Thy Word Oh! God

PART EIGHT
Musings Concerning Faithful Trust in all Things God Does
Chapter 19 Faith Triumphs in Affliction
Chapter 20 Faithful Exclusions
Chapter 21 Pondering Faithful Trust and Contrite Supplications

PART NINE
Musings Concerning Standing Still
Chapter 22 “Stand Still, and See the Salvation of the Lord”
Chapter 23 “Stand Still, the Battle is not Yours”
Chapter 24 “Stand Still, The Battle is Not Yours” (Conclusion)

PART TEN
Musings Concerning God’s Eternal Purpose
Chapter 25 The Eternal Purpose of God “According To” Ephesians
Chapter 26 The Eternal Purpose of God “According To” Ephesians (Continued)
Chapter 27 The Eternal Purpose of God “According To” Ephesians (Conclusion)

PART ELEVEN
Musings Concerning Spiritual Intimacy
Chapter 28 Pondering the Possibility of Spiritual Intimacy
Chapter 29 Pondering the Possibility of Spiritual Intimacy (Conclusion)
Chapter 30 Above All We Can Ask or Think

PART TWELVE
Musings Concerning the Total Victory in Christ
Chapter 31 Jesus Was Not Spared
Chapter 32 The Greatest Exchange Ever

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