Sunday, March 12, 2017
The Secret Garden Chronicles-Thy Word Is Like a Garden, Lord
It seems like forever since I actually sat down here in the garden alone with You, Lord.
Oh, I've been here--in and out...to water the flowers
and visit with dear friends...but it's been a few days since it was just You and me, Lord.
So, here I am~ready to hear Your voice~Ready to listen~Ready to do Your will.
Psalm 119:2 says, "Blessed are those who keep His testimonies, Who SEEK Him with the WHOLE HEART
"With my WHOLE HEART I have sought You;
Oh, Let me not wander from Your commandments!
Your Word I have hidden in my heart,
that I might not sin against You."
"I will delight myself in Your statutes;
I will not forget Your word."
I discovered this very lovely old hymn while looking through my hymnbook. I had never heard it before, but it seems to fit right here today. Please click on this link to listen to this while you read the lyrics below.
by Edwin Hodder
Thy Word is like a garden, Lord, with flowers bright and fair;
And every one who seeks may pluck a lovely cluster there.
Thy Word is like a deep, deep mine; and jewels rich and rare
Are hidden in its mighty depths for every searcher there.
Thy Word is like a starry host: a thousand rays of light
Are seen to guide the traveler and make his pathway bright.
Thy Word is like an armory, where soldiers may repair;
And find, for life’s long battle day, all needful weapons there.
O may I love Thy precious Word, may I explore the mine,
May I its fragrant flowers glean, may light upon me shine!
O may I find my armor there! Thy Word my trusty sword,
I’ll learn to fight with every foe the battle of the Lord.
"How sweet are Your words to my taste,
Sweeter than honey to my mouth."
Thank You, Lord, for Your Word. It soothes my soul and brings joy to my heart.
Lord, I pray for my friends who are reading this today, that they will be
blessed by Your Word, "with flowers bright and fair",
and "pluck a lovely cluster" from the garden of Your Word.
These pictures are of the azalea bushes that I have recently
planted here in the Secret Garden.
They have already brought such loveliness to this place...
I look forward to watching them grow and flourish
as I am watered by God's Word here in the garden each day.