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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Filled With Springs

How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place
(the Scottish Psalter, 1650)



How lovely is thy dwelling place,

O Lord of hosts, to me!
My thirsty soul desires and longs
within thy courts to be;
my very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God for thee.

Beside thine altars, gracious Lord,
the swallows find a nest;
how happy they who dwell with thee
and praise thee without rest,
and happy they whose hearts are set
upon the pilgrim's quest.

They who go through the desert vale
will find it filled with springs,
and they shall climb from height to height
till Zion's temple rings
with praise to thee, in glory throned,
Lord God, great King of kings.





"When we choose to walk through the valley with Him, He will be our living water. He will not only sustain us, but give us the grace to move from height to height."
 (-taken from
Light from Heaven, by Jan Karon) 

None of us really want to walk in the 'valley' in the first place, and yet, it is a part of life. We are human. We fail. We get lost in life. We lose loved ones. We lose our home, our possessions.  We can even lose our faith that there is a God in Heaven who loves us. And it is by faith, and faith alone, that we allow ourselves to be guided by the unseen hand of God to show us the springs in our desert.

2spring

 noun, often attributive
1
a : a source of supply; especially : a source of water issuing from the ground
b : an ultimate source especially of action or motion


1des·ert

 noun \ˈde-zərt\
1

b : an area of water apparently devoid of life

He will be our source of supply in an area devoid of life.  Even an ultimate source. Wow. Ever feel devoid of life?? Yes. I cannot think of a single friend or family member who was exempt from being in a place so dry..so devoid of life.  Isaiah 43:19 says, 
"Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert."

..."Shall ye not know it?" It is something to pause and give great thought and soul searching into. When the thought 'struck' me to write a post about this because I was deeply touched by the above hymn, I couldn't wait to write it all out. Sort it out in my head. And reflect upon it in my heart. It is one of those moments when I hear, 'Be still and know that I am God' (Psalm 46:10). In the verse in Isaiah mentioned we are asked if we KNOW that He will do a new thing...give new purpose, a new outlook, that He will even make a way in the wilderness..out of the darkness of trials that surround us and He will make rivers in the desert...a supply to quench our thirst when we feel devoid of life. His supply/source could be in the form of many things; a Bible verse that grabs your attention, a thought from a book, a poem, a hymn, a kind word from a friend... 

The hymn says, 'They who go through the desert vale (or valley) will find it filled with springs, and they shall climb from height to height till Zion's temple rings.." - It's a fact. We will go through valleys. It's a fact. We will find the dark times filled with springs (Do we notice?). It's a fact. The supply we receive from the Living Water will give us strength to make the uphill climb called life...til the end. Filled with springs...shall I not know it?





My thirsty soul desires and longs

within thy courts to be;
my very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God for thee...



They who go through the desert vale
will find it filled with springs,
and they shall climb from height to height
till Zion's temple rings...