These are some more thoughts from my friend, Jinnie Parsons. If you are new here, Jinnie was a college friend of mine, a godly influence, an inspiration. She went to be with the Lord early this year, as a result of a cancerous brain tumor. I want to help her legacy take root. This excerpt is replete with hymn texts. We loved to send them to one another.
I heard this song again today- it has been a favorite for a long time, but I ran across the whole text today with verses I’d never heard before……so I thought I’d pass them along. J
[This song was a part of her memorial service.]
O Thou in whose presence my soul takes delight,
On whom in affliction I call,
My comfort by day, and my song in the night,
My hope, my salvation, my all.
Where dost Thou at noontide resort with Thy sheep,
To feed on the pastures of love?
Say, why in the valley of death should I weep,
Or alone in the wilderness rove?
O why should I wander an alien from Thee,
And cry in the desert for bread?
Thy foes will rejoice when my sorrows they see,
And smile at the tears I have shed.
Ye daughters of Zion declare, have ye seen
The Star that on Israel shone?
Say, if in your tents my Belovèd has been,
And where, with His flocks, He is gone.
This is my Belovèd; His form is divine;
His vestments shed odors around:
The locks of His head are as grapes on the vine,
When autumn with plenty is crowned.
The roses of Sharon, the lilies that grow
In vales, on the banks of the streams:
On His cheeks, all the beauties of excellence glow,
And His eyes are as quivers of beams.
His voice, as the sound of the dulcimer sweet,
Is heard through the shadows of death;
The cedars of Lebanon bow at His feet,
The air is perfumed with His breath.
His lips as a fountain of righteousness flow,
That waters the garden of grace,
From which their salvation the Gentiles shall know,
And bask in the smiles of His face.
Love sits on His eye-lids, and scatters delight
Through all the bright mansions on high;
Their faces the cherubim veil in His sight,
And tremble with fulness of joy.
He looks, and ten thousands of angels rejoice,
And myriads wait for His word;
He speaks, and eternity, filled with His voice,
Re-echoes the praise of her Lord.
Dear Shepherd, I hear and will follow Thy call;
I know the sweet sound of Thy voice.
Restore and defend me, for Thou art my All,
And in Thee I will ever rejoice. 5/21/06
I have a strong and perfect plea.
A great high Priest whose Name is Love
Who ever lives and pleads for me.
My name is graven on His hands,
My name is written on His heart.
I know that while in Heaven He stands
No tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair
And tells me of the guilt within,
Upward I look and see Him there
Who made an end of all my sin.
Because the sinless Savior died
My sinful soul is counted free.
For God the just is satisfied
To look on Him and pardon me.
Behold Him there the risen Lamb,
My perfect spotless righteousness,
The great unchangeable I AM,
King of glory and of grace,
One in Himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by His blood,
My life is hid with Christ on high,
With Christ my Savior and my God! 5/1/06
A resting place on fruitful land that fully satisfies.
The Lord renews my weary soul, brings joy to dreary days
And sets me on a righteous path with songs of thanks and praise
When I must tread the shadowed trails of valleys dark and deep,
God’s presence there will comfort me, my Shepherd will not sleep.
My wakeful, watchful Shepherd sees each danger i must face,
And feeds my spirit strength and peace, the nourishment of grace.
God’s lavished love flows over me no matter where I roam.
My Shepherd’s hand will shelter me and lead me safely home. 8/28/07
I’m finding that the more time I spend reading and meditating on just who my God is- the more my faith grows. The better I understand about the object of my faith- the more things fall into perspective! I’ve been reading in Isaiah- time after time He describes what He desires to do for His own- here’s the thought I sent to my Becky this morning. In my reading this morning, the Lord describes Israel’s future- its an amazing thought! “Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.” (62:3) The Lord will be able to display what He has done…………….and its something that only He could do! When you look at the nation of Israel- from the beginning to the present- you don’t see that glorious beauty, but our God can bring it to pass! Just to think that the Lord wants to do that with our lives- and He will! We can be something of enduring beauty and priceless value- when He does it! There’s no question that we’ll want to praise Him for ever! We will be evidence of His wonderful grace! 6/5/06