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A Pool in the Wilderness
The Lord Everlasting,
The Creator of All,
Giveth strength to the weary,
And lifts them that fall.
Thy God is eíer with thee,
So be not dismayed;
He will uphold thee
When thou art afraid.
When the poor are athirst,
He maketh rivers to flow;
And fountains in valleys
On them Heíll bestow.
In wilderness dry
He placeth a pool
With well-springs of water,
Refreshing and cool.
Thou hast trusted the Lord
And walked in His ways;
May His water sustain thee
The rest of thy days!
Isaiah 40:28-31; 41:10,17,18
For Ilene Anderson, with love,
on her 69th birthday, 12-04-96
An Exaltation to the Creator
A star lies upon the seaside,
Carried thither by the tide;
Foamy waters wax and wane;
No one can their course restrain.
Horizon borders azure sky;
Fleecy clouds drift on breezes high;
Turquoise waves caress the isle,
Warmed by sunlightís golden smile.
List to the song the zephyrs bring--
The leaves are rustling--the needles sing!
Ocean and trees in harmony sweet
Worship their Maker in anthem complete.
May we, as nature, exalt Thee with praise;
Let us be joyful, all of our days;
íTil someday in heaven we gaze on that shore,
Where sorrows are ended--forevermore!
Written to our dear Aunt Lynn, May 20, 1996.
Because He Loves Thee So
If the Lord would be thy Keeper, and would ever hold thy hand,
If God would guide thee safely oíer the rivers of this land,
If the flames wouldnít kindle when the fire burneth bright,
If the darkest night before thee was changed to glorious light;
Wouldest thou turn to the Saviour, and love Him with all of thine heart?
For He is thy Holy Redeemer; thy name He hath known from the start.
He loved thee with love everlasting; thou wast precious in His sight;
For His glory His own were created by His power and His might.
If thou, being needy and poor, seekest water and findeth not any,
Fear not! God wonít forsake thee! His mercies are great; they are many!
He openeth fountains of water in valleys; from high places, rivers shall flow;
Dry land shall be barren no longer--living water springing up from below.
Thou art the land so thirsty; the water, His Word so sweet:
íTwill fill thee with His spirit, be the pathway for thy feet.
Be thou His humble servant; let Him lead in ways made straight;
Sing songs of praise and glory; for heavenly joys await!
The sun shall no more light thy day, nor shall the moon upon thee shine;
The Lord will be Light Everlasting; thy God shall be the glory thine!
The days of mourning shall be ended; eternal joy thy heart shall know;
Heíll keep thee in the Land forever: Just because He loves thee so!
Isaiah 41:17,18; 42:1,6,10,12,16; 43:1,2,4,7,11,15,19; 60:19,20; 61:7; 66:22
For Amy, with love
Gladness in My Heart
Thou hast put gladness
Down deep in my heart,
For I trust in a God
That shall never depart.
The light of Thy countenance
Hath shined upon me;
I will look up,
For I dwell safely in Thee.
In the morning, O Lord,
My voice shalt Thou hear;
In Thy temple I worship,
Ever glad Thou art near.
Lead me in righteousness;
Make my way straight;
For narrow the pathway
To that heavenly gate.
Let all those that trust Thee
Shout loudly for joy;
Sweet songs of the faithful
My lips shall employ!
Psalms 4 & 5
Heir of All Things
God spake by His prophets
In days long ago
His Word to His people,
That Truth they might know.
But now in these days
He speaks by His Son,
Chosen Heir of all things,
The Most Holy One.
Express Image of God,
Heís the Brightness of glory;
He purged all our sins;
Oh, tell the old story!
Now at the right hand
Of the Majesty above,
Better than angels,
This Jesus I love.
No angel hath
A more excellent Name;
For He is Godís Son--
In perfection He came.
For ever and ever
Shall be His throne;
A sceptre of righteousness
Is His alone.
The oil of gladness
Anointed His head;
The heavens and earth
His mighty hands spread.
Though they shall perish,
He shalt remain;
They shall wax old,
But He is the same.
Made lower than angels,
Suffering death for us all;
Bringing many to glory
Who were ruined by the fall.
He was made like His brethren,
Our comforter to be;
He was tempted and tested,
Like unto thee.
If we hold fast the confidence,
The hope, and the joy,
Then praises of glory
Our tongues will employ!
Hebrews 1 & 2
The earth with rivers Thou didst cleave;
The mountains saw Thee, and believe;
The sun and moon stood very still;
íTil Thy glittering spear shewed them Thy will.
Thou uprootest the mountains with Thy hand;
Thou cuttest out rivers through the land;
Thou canst keep the floods from overflowing,
And halt the windsí continuous blowing.
Thou cleavest the mountains from east to west,
Forming valleys of wonder at Thy bequest;
Half of the mount northward, half to the south--
Fountains spring forth at the words of Thy mouth!
Pools Thou makest on the wilderness plain;
The canyons drink water of heavenly rain;
O Lord, Thou art clothed with honour and glory,
And man cannot fathom so majestic a story!--
As a God whose power knoweth no measure--
The clouds, Thy chariot, go at Thy pleasure.
Thou walkest upon the wings of the wind;
O, Thy mighty omnipotence hath no end!
The earth is full of Thy works and riches;
The curtains of heaven are sewn with Thy stitches;
Thy glory, O Lord, shall forever endure,
For Thou art holy, and righteous and pure.
I will sing unto Thee as long as I live;
Praise and thanksgiving to Thee will I give!
With such wonderful blessings, how can I be sad?
In Thee will my heart rejoice and be glad!
To my mother, Hester Maurine Winings Swiney, on her 79th birthday, 10-31-96.
Habakkuk 3:9-11; Job 28:9-11; Zechariah 14:4; Micah 1:3,4;
Joel 3:17,18; Numbers 24:6,7; Deuteronomy 8:7; 11:11; Isaiah 41:18,20; Psalms 104
How I Love Him
Far over the earth, the heaven is high,
Yet the Lord hears me when to Him I cry.
He is my strength, He is my light;
His song shall be with me in the night.
ĎThough poor and needy, He thinketh of me;
I will rejoice when His mercy I see!
When my heart is troubled, He pleadeth my cause,
For I love His precepts, I delight in His laws!
íThough sometimes my weeping lasts all the night through,
Joy in the morning He giveth anew.
In the secret of His presence I have been hidden;
The device of the wicked my Lord hath forbidden.
I have found in the Lord the fountain of life,
And under His wings am I sheltered from strife;
Iíll be of good courage--Heíll forsake me never:
With all my heart will I love Him forever!
I Will Praise Thee
I praise Thee, O Lord, with all of my heart;
From all Thy precepts Iíll never depart.
Iíll be glad and rejoice, and sing praise to Thy Name;
Most High and Holy, Thou art ever the same.
All mine enemies shall perish and fall
At Thy glorious presence, O blest Lord of All.
For Thou hast maintained my cause and my right;
I trust, Lord, in Thee, in Thy power and might.
Thou destroyeth the wicked; their oppression shall cease;
Iíll seek Thee, Lord, for then Iíll have peace.
Thou settest Thy glory far over the skies;
Thou makest the sun in the morning to rise.
The moon and the stars Thou hast ordained;
Yet Thou carest for me with love unfeigned!
Down from the willows my harp I will take;
My mouth shall sing praises each morn when I wake!
Psalms 8, 9, & 137
To Esther, with much love
In Thy Presence
Preserve me, O God, for I trust in Thee;
Look down from heaven and hear my plea.
Let me walk uprightly, speaking truth in my heart;
From Thy counsel, Lord, may I never depart.
Iíve set Thee before me, and my heart is glad;
I will sing a new song, for I cannot be sad!
I shall not be moved; Thou art by my right hand;
In the path of life will I come to that Land.
Only in Thee shall I find my delight;
For wherever Thou art, there will be no night!
With a goodly heritage I have been blest;
In a garment of praise I shall be dressed!
Iíll abide in Thy tabernacle, dwell in Thy mountain;
For my robes have been washed in the pure, flowing fountain;
Then the things of earth shall never annoy--
For in Thy presence is fulness of joy!
Psalms 13, 14, 15, & 16; Isaiah 61:3; & Revelation 7:14
Jesus Loves You
As you journey this life with its toil and care,
May you always remember that God is there.
For blest thou shalt be if you walk in His ways,
And fear the Lord all thy days.
Thou shalt eat the labour of thine hand;
Happy youíll be in this thy land.
In the Lord of the heavens put all thy trust;
Youíll not be ashamed, for Heís righteous and just.
A Rock and a Fortress thy God will be;
For His Nameís sake He will lead thee.
Heíll make His face upon thee to shine
When you call upon Him, Thy Redeemer Divine.
In the secret of His presence His own He shall hide;
O love ye the Lord--with Him abide.
Be of good courage and Heíll strengthen thy heart;
Hope in the Lord, for Heíll never depart!
So sing to the Lord a brand-new song;
For His Word is right; His works never wrong.
Heíll instruct and teach thee in all thou shalt do;
Heíll guide with His eye--for Jesus loves you!
Psalms 31, 32, 33, 128
Written for my daughter Hannah
With all my love
Saturday, September 11, 1993
Joy at the Morn
In Thee, O Lord, do I put all my trust,
For Thy great mercies are faithful and just;
For Thou art my Rock and my High Tower,
And Thou art my Fortress, Thou art my Power.
For Thy Nameís sake leadest Thou me;
My spirit I commit unto Thee;
Though oft I be weary, and sighing with grief,
Thy marvellous kindness hath shewn me relief.
The times of my life are in Thy hand;
Deliver me from enemies in the land;
Upon Thy servant make Thy light shine;
Then will I extol Thy Name divine.
Iíll be of good courage; Thou hast strengthened my heart;
Iíll hope in the Lord, for my God Thou art.
By favour Thou makest my mountain stand strong;
Unto Thee Iíll give thanks, all the day long.
Thou liftest me up, that my foes canít rejoice;
I will sing unto Thee with jubilant voice!
And though my weeping may endure for a night,
The Lord will send joy at the mornís early light!
Psalms 30, 31, 144; Lamentations 3
With love to my daughterís dear friend, Joy
--a lovely name for a lovely girl who brings just that--joy.
Let Mount Zion Rejoice!
The lofty mountain grandeur,
The lake of turquoise blue;
Created by the Master
When the universe was new;
The sunís ascent at morn,
Its descent upon the night;
For this we praise Thy wondrous Name,
Thy glory and Thy might.
Let Mount Zion rejoice,
And let Thy daughters be glad:
We will sing and be happy--
For we cannot be sad!
For Norma, my dear mother-in-law,
on her birthday, with all my love
March 9, 1997
Throughout lifeís long journey,
And wherever you go,
May you hold fast to Jesus,
Who loves you so.
May you know youíve a mother
Who oft breathes a prayer
That you might be kept
In the Lordís tender care.
Let this mind be in you,
To be loving and kind;
Always caring for others,
That their needs you might find.
May you rejoice in the Lord;
May you shine as a light;
Counting all things but loss
For the excellency of right.
Whatever is pure,
And honest and true,
Think on these things;
And those things, do.
For then youíll be happy,
And the Lord will be near;
Heíll supply all your need,
And your prayer He will hear!
To my son, 12-20-97
Taken from Philippians
When those weíve loved dearly
From this life have flown;
When our hearts bow with sorrow
And we seem so alone;
Then turn thee to Jesus
Who upholds with His hand,
íTil we cross Jordanís river
And enter the Land.
We love you so dearly,
Your sorrows we share;
On all sides weíre troubled,
But not in despair:
For the path of the just
Is a shining, bright ray;
Shining more, ever more,
íTil that blest, perfect day.
When the silver cord loosens,
And the golden bowl breaks;
When the music is halted
God never forsakes.
The spirit to heaven
Shall then take its flight
To the city foursquare
Where cometh no night.
The streets are pure gold;
And jasper--the wall;
Those gates made of pearl
Shall not shut at all.
And God shall wipe tears
Away from their eyes,
For all things are new,
And nobody dies.
Yes, there we shall join them
Whoíve gone on before--
Yea, happy that people
Whose hope is the Lord.
Written in memory of Clarice Wright, April, 1987
Given to Lyle and Norma Jackson in
December, 1987, with alternate first verse,
a month before Lyle died:
When those we love dearly
Find life is so brief;
When our hearts bow with sorrow
And we bend low with grief;
Poem taken from Psalms 144:15; 146:5; Proverbs 4:18; Ecclesiastes 12:4,6,7;
II Corinthians 4:7-9; Hebrews 4:15, & Revelations 21:4,5,16,18,21,25
Lord of All
Oh, Lord of the heavens, thou art excellent in power;
Thy terrible majesty reigneth hour by hour.
Thy children, so feeble, have oft stood in wonder
At mighty displays of Thy lightning and thunder.
There once was a time when the morning stars sang;
Foundations were laid, and shouts of joy rang;
For Thou commanded the morning and created the light;
Thou positioned the sun and set it in flight.
The seaís many fishes, all the birds of the air,
And the creatures Thou madest are exceedingly fair.
The dewdrops so precious, or treasures of the snow,
Thou sendest wherever Thy desire bids them go.
On a crag of the rock makes the eagle her nest;
Under willows of the brook takes behemoth his rest.
All this is done by the might of Thy hand;
For Creation obeys Thy slightest command.
May humility and reverence keep our hearts ever true;
For Thou, Lord of All, granteth blessing anew:
Our captivity Thou turneth, and for sorrow, giveth joy;
Praise of Thy mercy shall our tongues ever employ!
To Danielle, whom I am pleased to claim
as my almost-niece; almost-cousin.
Poem taken from Job, chapters 37 to 42
Lord of the Heavens
In the Lord of the heavens put thou thy trust,
For all His ways are holy and just.
So oft as a bird to the mountain ye flee,
Where the Lord of Creation will there shelter thee.
O Lord our Lord, how excellent Thy Name!
Thou changest not; Thou art ever the same.
When thou seest the stars, or consider the moon,
Or think of the sun shining brightly at noon;
Wonderest thou not why He keeps thee in mind?
Nor why all thy clouds are always gold-lined?
Sing and be happy! Be glad and rejoice!
Honour and praise Him with whole heart and voice!
He saves thee and keeps thee as the apple of His eye;
His love is unending--to the Sheltering Rock fly!
Psalms 8, 9, and 11
For Katie Lynn, my dear niece
O Give Us Light
O give us light,
Dear Lord we pray;
Make it shine
Day by day.
Break every yoke;
Increase our joy;
The oppressorís rod
O Lord, destroy.
For unto us
A Child is born;
O may His love
Our lives adorn.
His Name shall be;
The Mighty God
He is to me!
The Prince of Peace;
His glorious kingdom
Shall never cease.
The Lord is righteous
In all His ways;
My mouth shall praise Him
Throughout my days!
O Thou Redeemer
O Thou Redeemer of Israel,
So Holy, yet so hated;
A Light to all the Gentiles--
The Light so long awaited.
Before He was born,
He was mentioned by Name;
Formed from the womb
To be Servant, He came.
In His mouth, a sharp sword;
In His hand, a gold rod:
With oil of gladness
Is He anointed by God.
As a root from dry ground
Before Him Heíll grow;
Sorrow and grief
He often shall know.
Though men so despised Him,
And nations abhorred Him,
Yet kings did arise,
And princes adored Him.
To the prisoner He saith,
Go forth! Thou art free!
And when thou art hungry
Heíll surely feed thee.
He guides those that thirst
By the cool water springs;
To the afflicted and desolate
Salvation He brings.
Every valley He exalteth;
All the mountains makes away;
Behold the glory of God
Revealed as bright as day.
Sing and be joyful,
O heavens and earth;
Break forth into singing
At His miraculous birth!
Arise and shine!
He sendeth thy Light!
For thou shalt reflect
His glory so bright!
Though having not seen Him,
We still dearly love
This same lowly Jesus
From heaven above.
With unspeakable joy
And glory untold,
We await His coming,
His dear face to behold!
Praise the Lord
Praise ye the Lord,
Sing praises to His Name;
He is wondrous and mighty,
And forevermore the same.
Though the Lord be ever high,
He yet respects the lowly;
All the proud He casts away,
For He is pure and holy.
When my way is through trouble,
The Lord will restore me;
His hand of salvation
Is ever before me.
He searcheth my heart;
He knows every thought;
Into darkness of night
He daytime has brought.
Wherever I go,
The Lord will be near;
Oh, thereís no one so precious
As my Jesus so dear!
To Jolene Kay, October 7, 1996
Psalms 138 & 139
Sing and Be Happy
Though poor and needy, O Lord, oft am I,
Thou hearest my prayer when to Thee I cry.
Wheneíer I am sad, Thou givest a song;
Iíll sing and be happy--to Thee I belong!
For who in the heaven unto Thee can compare?
Thy great faithfulness will I declare!
I have praised Thy Name from my earliest youth;
Teach me Thy way, and Iíll walk in Thy truth.
Though only a doorkeeper I am called to be,
Cheerful Iíll labor, dear Lord, for Thee.
To do Thy will is all my delight;
I pray unto Thee both day and night.
Blessed Iíll be if I make Thee my trust;
For all Thy ways are holy and just.
Of Thy mercies Iíll sing forever and ever;
For Thou, O Lord, will forsake me never!
Ps. 40:3,4,8,10,16; 42:3; 84:10; 86:1,3,11,12; 89:1,6
Sing and Be Joyful
For His wonderful works,
Oh may we give praise;
Sing and be joyful
All of our days!
He satisfies our longing
And fills the hungry soul;
Those who are afflicted
He gently doth console.
He brings us out of darkness,
And from the weary night;
He gives oil of joy for mourning;
He sends us wondrous light.
If we will love Him,
The Lord God most High;
If weíll obey Him,
And to Him draw nigh,
He shall redeem us
And dwell in our heart;
He will defend us,
And never depart!
To my sweet little niece,
Jodie Marie, on 9-18-97
Sing Forth Thy Praise
In great lovingkindness
The Lord hath led us;
And manna from heaven
With grace hath He fed us.
Cool brooks of water
And fountains so deep
Flow for the faithful
Who His commandments keep.
Springs in the valleys;
Rivulets down the hills;
Our hearts, so thirsty,
With living water He fills.
Weíll love Thee and serve Thee
And walk in Thy ways;
Our lips shall daily
Sing forth Thy praise!
To Norma on her birthday, with all our love
Tell Ye The Mountains
Tell ye the mountains, let the hills hear thy voice;
Publish salvation and let Zion rejoice!
The Son from all ages has been born as a Child;
Though King of all kingdoms, yet lowly and mild.
Thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though little thou be,
Yet out of thee shall come a Ruler unto me.
He shall go forth as bright beams of light,
Shining in darkness as black as the night.
From everlasting to everlasting, O Lord, art Thou;
Before Thee Thy children in reverence bow.
The Shepherd doth stand and feed His sheep;
He teaches and rules, and His commandments they keep.
As the shepherds in Bethlehem, His own shall abide;
Their standing is sure, their steps shall not slide.
When enemies distress us, and troubles increase,
Heíll rise to defend us, for He is our Peace.
Like the dew from heaven, which waters the ground,
So Godís people, wherever theyíre found,
Bring blessing to others among whom they live
When God in mercy His kindness doth give.
The remnant of Jacob among many shall be
The Lion of Judah, from whom they shall flee;
Bold and courageous to overcome wrong
Is our Lord of Hosts, weíve awaited long.
Hear ye, O mountains, and listen, O earth:
For the One Who is born of royal birth
Has the spirit of wisdom and counsel and might;
He judges not by hearing and sight.
With righteous equity doth He judge the meek;
Strength and comfort He giveth the weak.
From wells of salvation draw water with joy;
Sing to the Lord, and His praises employ!
Micah 5 & 6; Isaiah 11
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