This morning I enjoyed a hymn in my time with the Lord. Since no one was home and Turner was napping, I really let it loose and sang my heart out. Some days you just need to do that. If you’ve never done it, I highly recommend it. It’s so good for the heart and spirit and really helped me to get out of myself. Anyways, this was the hymn I enjoyed:Thou Breath from still eternity Breathe o’er my spirit’s barren land – The pine tree and the myrtle tree Shall spring amid the desert sand; And where Thy living water flows The waste shall blossom as the rose. May I in will and deed and word Obey Thee as a little child; And keep me in Thy love, my Lord, For ever holy, undefiled; Within me teach, and strive, and pray, Lest I should choose my own wild way. Thy Spirit, Stream by Thee, the Son, Is opened to us crystal pure, Forth flowing from the heavenly throne To waiting hearts and spirits poor; Athirst and weary do I sink Beside Thy waters, there to drink. My spirit turns to Thee and clings, All else forsaking, unto Thee; Forgetting all created things, Remembering only “God in me.” Thy living Stream, Thy gracious Rain, None wait for these, and wait in vain. (To learn the tune for this song, you can go to this link)
Often when I come to the Lord, I feel dry, thirsty, barren…my heart a desert. But He is so gracious, coming as rain to water us and a stream to quench our thirst. I’ve started to recognize that many times my inner complaints, murmurings, disappointments and self-pity are just a result of my heart being parched and dry. So the answer is not to condemn myself or vow to do better, but to come to the waters and drink. In fact, the Lord never condemns, but as the Lamb shepherds us to the springs of waters of life (Rev. 7:17). When we drink of Him as the living stream, He not only satisfies us but also causes the desert and wasteland of our heart to blossom and bring forth all kinds of life.
And as I experienced this morning, singing is a wonderful way to drink. So as a challenge, at least one time this week, sing your heart out to the Lord until it begins to blossom as the rose!