31 December 2008

A few of my favourite things

Well, one of my favourite things: The album that Joel and Liz got me for Christmas... Sandra McCracken's "The Builder and the Architect". This beautiful piece of musical art is a collection of hymns, re-written and otherwise. Her beautiful alto and choice of folksy guitar and banjo compliment her song selections so well!

Currently the song that I keep playing on repeat is "In the Secret of His Presence". This song has really spoken to my heart of clay (Isaiah 64:8). Recently I have really felt the pressing of the Holy Spirit on my heart. I have such a desire to read God's Holy Word and to pray "without ceasing". I have felt burdens lifted, sorrows eased, insights into parts of my life that I'm not used to insights into and last but not least A JOY IN HIS PRESENCE. I know that it sounds awful to hear a Christian say that she recently found joy in the presence of the LORD...I can say I've had this before, but when you stop communing with the LORD on a regular basis it is easy to find being in the presence of the LORD burdensome.

For some time I have not sought wisdom from the LORD, nor have I prayed on a regular basis. I have all the head knowledge, but my heart was hardening. What a sad place to be.

But this song describes the joys of drawing near to our Heavenly Father...and this is what I've been experiencing as of late, Praise the LORD!

"In the secret of His presence how my soul delights to hide!Oh, how precious are the lessons which I learn at Jesus’ side!Earthly cares can never vex me, neither trials lay me low;For when Satan comes to tempt me, to the secret place I go,To the secret place I go.
When my soul is faint and thirsty, ’neath the shadow of His wingThere is cool and pleasant shelter, and a fresh and crystal spring;And my Savior rests beside me, as we hold communion sweet:If I tried, I could not utter what He says when thus we meet,What He says when thus we meet.
Only this I know: I tell Him all my doubts, my griefs and fears;Oh, how patiently He listens! and my drooping soul He cheers:Do you think He ne’er reproves me? What a false Friend He would be,If He never, never told me of the sins which He must see,Of the sins which He must see.
Would you like to know the sweetness of the secret of the Lord?Go and hide beneath His shadow: this shall then be your reward;And whene’er you leave the silence of that happy meeting place,You must mind and bear the image of the Master in your face,Of the Master in your face."

To Listen to Sandra sing it go here.

Brothers and Sisters, if you do not know the joy of the presence of the LORD pray for it and ask for it. "For anyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened." Matt 7:8

1 comment:

Becca said...

I love Sandra's music..and her lyrics...so piercing and true!
I love reading about your baby and seeing how your family is growing.

Grace and peace,