Worshipping Through the Psalms Part III

Finding contentment in every circumstance (Psalm 42–43)

Christopher Hoskin
Comfort and Hope

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We left off in part two of this series with the realization that contentment is not dependent on our situation but rather on our Savior. This type of contentment is expressed eloquently in the life of Horatio Spafford. Horatio Spafford was a Presbyterian layman from Chicago during the mid to late 1800s. He was a successful lawyer and businessman who owned many properties in the Chicago area. Horatio was also a devout Christian and friends with the evangelist D.L. Moody. He saw this success go up in flames during the great Chicago fire of 1871, which wiped out many of his properties and financial wealth. To make matters worse, his son died a short time before this economic disaster.

Following all of this tragedy, Horatio wanted a time of rest for his family. He planned a trip to Europe for his family, where they were to meet up and assist Moody during one of his campaigns in Britain. A last-minute business development came up, which required Horatio to stay back a few days, but he went ahead and sent his wife and four daughters in advance on the ship so that they could begin their journey. Spafford planned to meet up with them a few days later. As the boat with his wife and daughters made the crossing, it was struck by another vessel and sank in just twelve…

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Christopher Hoskin
Comfort and Hope

Writer | Speaker | Christ-Follower | Theologian | Investor | Tech Addict | Bibliophile. (B.A. Religion VCU/MDiv Regent University). www.comfortandhope.org