The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

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“O touch my heart with grace divine”

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Lledrod L.M.

O touch my heart with grace divine,
The Father, Spirit, Son combine;
Save me through merit not my own:
Great Saviour, touch a heart of stone.

Touch me with mercy sweet, divine,
A sinner by my sins entwined,
My weakness great, my heart untrue,
Only the blood can make me new.

O touch me now with truth sublime,
The truth that conquers space and time,
And do what you alone can do:
Make me to know salvation true.

Touch now my heart with peace divine,
Safe knowing that the Lord is mine,
Each day show me undying love:
Show me anew, O heavenly Dove.

O touch my heart with love divine,
And let it through my being shine;
Sing out, my soul, to tell his praise,
To bless my God through endless days.

©JRW

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 24 April 2010 at 11:52

“I wander often from the way”

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I wander often from the way,
And sin afflicts me every day:
Oh, when shall I be pure?
Christ leads me to the path again,
And washes me from every stain,
A cleansing full and sure.

I hear the world’s enticing voice,
That tempts me to a godless choice:
How shall I stand the test?
Christ draws my mind to things above,
To that which I should truly love,
And there I see what’s best.

Weary and weak and full of pain,
I wonder shall I ever gain
Relief when I’m oppressed?
Christ takes me gently by the hand,
He strengthens me, and makes me stand,
And then I am at rest.

Too often full of bitterness,
Anger, frustration, and distress:
When shall I be at peace?
Christ bids me view his life again,
Where tender love and patience reign,
And there my turmoils cease.

All imperfection, falling short
Of every precept I am taught:
Is there no hope for me?
Christ is my hope: he bears my sins,
My heart makes new, my heaven wins,
And there is certainty.

©JRW

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Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 3 January 2009 at 16:26

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An awareness of God

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There are many things that will demonstrate either the presence or the absence of an awareness of God, a sense of being in the presence of the Holy One of Israel, a consciousness of being creatures, sinners, and servants.  At least some of them are:

Giving thanks for our food. Of course, many of us will do so when we sit down for a family meal; it’s fairly easy to remember in a more formal setting; certainly if we are with those with whom a reputation for holiness would be desirable.  But what about eating on the hoof?  What about fast food?  What about the snatched piece of toast in the morning?  Am I conscious then of my dependence on God, of the fact that without him I have nothing, expressive of my thankfulness for his daily mercies?

Diligence in the workplace. If I am to do everything heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, conscious that I serve the Lord Christ and the he will give the reward (Col 3.23-24), then that will change the way in which I work, my awareness of time, my determination to finish a job well and quickly by working diligently at it.

The voice of conscience when tempted to sin. If I know that I am God’s creature and his child, then I will recognise that my heavenly Father’s eye is upon me when I am subject to temptation, and that will prove a powerful preventative.  Like Joseph, I will ask, “How can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen 39.9).  An awareness that the Christ who loved me and gave himself for me is looking on will not only make conscience buck, but should actually prevent me from sinning!

A calm and believing response to a crisis.  If I know that the Lord is my Shepherd, then I will not incline to panic or terror in a crisis or challenge.  I may need to remind myself of God’s presence, but if I know that the God of my salvation is always near at hand, I need not fear even if I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.

Thankful recognition of God’s control in things both good and bad.  How often we talk about ‘the providence of God’ as if it were something that brought us good but was powerless in the face of bad.  We obtain a blessing, and we thank God for his providential care, and so we should.  We receive a blow, and we ask, “Lord, why did you let that happen to me?”  God did not let it happen.  God caused it to come to pass, ordering it for his glory and our good.  Even the evil that men intend God means for good (Gen 50.20).  Do I ever thank God that things are not worse?  Do I ever praise him for my afflictions, because by them I learned his statues (Ps 119.71)?  Am I persuaded that God is as close – if not closer – in the times of woe as in times of weal?  If I am aware of God’s presence, I will gratefully acknowledge it at all times and under all circumstances.

Abiding peace and joy.  Not as the world knows peace and joy – the peace of imagining that I am in control, the joy of thinking that I am dealing well with life – but the peace of knowing that my heavenly Father governs all things and is smiling upon me, his redeemed child; the joy of sins forgiven, of knowing that Jesus does all things well, and that God is working all things together for good.  This is peace and joy that is entirely consistent with grief and distress.  The world imagines that these things are mutually exclusive: the God-aware saint knows how often they travel hand in hand.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 28 June 2008 at 08:55

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