Tuesday, 17 June 2008

Reflecting the glory

When I saw this sunrise from my verandah two months ago I was reminded of the Scripture in second Corinthians 3:18 "And we all with unveiled face beholding (or reflecting) the glory of the Lord are being changed into His likeness from one degree of glory to another." and also of Psalm 46:10a, "Be still and know that I am God"

In this busy frenetic world we need to learn both to be still, to quiet our hearts before the Lord and to behold,and to gaze upon His glory and beauty. Then we may reflect that glory in our lives just as the water of the harbour reflected the glory of the dawn

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I woke a few days ago with the words of the first lines of a hymn in my mind. Here is that hymn:

“When all Thy mercies O my God,

My rising soul surveys,

Transported with the view I’m lost

In wonder, love & praise.

Unnumbered comforts on my soul

They tender care bestowed,

Before my infant heart conceived

From whom these comforts flowed.

When in the slippery paths of youth

With heedless steps I ran,

Thine arm unseen conveyed me safe,

And brought me up to man.

When worn with sickness oft hast Thou

With health renewed my face;

And when in sins and sorrows sunk,

Revived my soul with grace.

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts

My daily thanks employ:

Nor is the least a cheerful heart

That tastes those gifts with joy.

Through every period of my life

Thy goodness I’ll pursue;

And after death in distant worlds’

The glorious these renew.

Through all eternity to Thee

A joyful song I’ll raise;

For O eternity’s too short

To utter all Thy praise.

As I sang it through my heart echoed the words of the writer, Joseph Addison who died aged 47. From my not-far-off twice his years I said a loud and thankful, “Amen!”

I am grateful to God that my mind was stored from early days, not only with Scripture, but with so many of these old full-of-truth songs, because again and again Margaret and I were blessed as the Spirit brought to mind some relevant verse or a whole hymn which ministered deeply to our need.