"One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: That I may dwell in the house
of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep
me safe in his dwelling; He will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set
me high upon a rock."--Psalm 27:4-5

Fanny Crosby suffered much as a blind person living in the 19th century - she wrote
that she often found solace in the book of Psalms. Miss Crosby especially liked
those psalms which pointed her to the future, encouraging her to hold on tightly
for heaven was just around the corner. She needed that reminder - she realized
her physical limitations exposed her to powerful emotions which, if left unattended,
could sway her faith. When she leaned on the Psalms, she found them to be a wellspring
of inspiration, and they provided the basis for many of her 6,000 hymns. Psalm 27
was, in fact, the inspiration for this hymn-

He hideth my soul in the cleft of the rock

That shadows a dry, thirsty land;

He hideth my life in the depths of His love,

And covers me there with His hand

And covers me there with His hand.

When clothed in His brightness transported I rise,

To meet Him in clouds of the sky,

His perfect salvation, His wonderful love,

I'll shout with the millions on high.

(You can turn Fanny Crosby's beautiful old hymn into a prayer today, saying, "Lord Jesus,
you hide my soul in the cleft of the rock; and you, Savior, are that Rock! You HIDE
my life in the depths of your love. You cover me with your hand." Today, open
a hymnal and enjoy using the words of several timeless hymns as prayers of praise
and thanksgiving.

"Thank you, Lord God, for the Psalms. You have provided these wonderful scriptures
to help stabilize my feelings when I feel overwhelmed. Thank you, especially, for
Psalm 27." By Joni Eareckson Tada


Anonymous said...

Seriously Spiritual!! Was peaceful reading it, especially the hymn.!!

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