FROM THAT PEACE, COMES JOY

When all Thy mercies, O my God,

My rising soul surveys,
Transported with the view, I’m lost
In wonder, love and praise.

Thy Providence my life sustained,
And all my wants redressed,
While in the silent womb I lay,
And hung upon the breast.

To all my weak complaints and cries
Thy mercy lent an ear,
Ere yet my feeble thoughts had learned
To form themselves in prayer.

Unnumbered comforts to my soul
Thy tender care bestowed,
Before my infant heart conceived
From Whom those comforts flowed.

When in the slippery paths of youth
With heedless steps I ran,
Thine arm unseen conveyed me safe,
And led me up to man.

Through hidden dangers, toils, and deaths,
It gently cleared my way;
And through the pleasing snares of vice,
More to be feared than they.

O how shall words with equal warmth
The gratitude declare,
That glows within my ravished heart?
But thou canst read it there.

Thy bounteous hand with worldly bliss
Hath made my cup run o’er;
And, in a kind and faithful Friend,
Hath doubled all my store.

Ten thousand thousand precious gifts
My daily thanks employ;
Nor is the last a cheerful heart
That tastes those gifts with joy.

When worn with sickness, oft hast Thou
With health renewed my face;
And, when in sins and sorrows sunk,
Revived my soul with grace.

Through every period of my life
Thy goodness I’ll pursue
And after death, in distant worlds,
The glorious theme renew.

When nature fails, and day and night
Divide Thy works no more,
My ever grateful heart, O Lord,
Thy mercy shall adore.

Through all eternity to Thee
A joyful song I’ll raise;
For, oh, eternity’s too short
To utter all Thy praise!

I sang those last two lines more than twice and I can’t keep my tears in check anymore! Eternity sure is too short to utter all the praise I intend for God!! I slept quite early last night (a little after 11 – yeah that’s early for me) and dreamt of hymn lyrics and prayer and verses and stuff I had over the weeks, read here and there in my silent search for God. Or should I say in His frantic search for me? That is something I’ll talk about another time – The time when I tell the complete story. It was almost as if I wasn’t asleep, it felt so peaceful and through it I was singing at a point, then praying at a point…even praying for particular people I’ve been talking to God about recently. It was a wonderful dream – so real!

I woke up not long ago with this hymn on my mind and I just went straight into singing it. I must say the alto is beautiful, I wish I could attach my voice to this post!

When morning gilds the sky

My heart awaking cries

May Jesus Christ be praised

Alike at work and prayer

To Jesus I repair

May Jesus Christ be praised!

It IS a beautiful hymn. KNUST choir has it on one of their hymn collections and my, they really do justice to it! The way this week is ending or has ended for me makes me understand certain things that happened in the beginning of the week. This week has really been something else! But it has all been worth it. I’m sorry if I seem not to be saying anything in particular, I’m so happy, singing as I type in the dark, I want to go out there, with the morning still fresh and sing out loud, the words to the first hymn I quoted – another beautiful tune.

Now looking within me and seeing such calm, such peace, so much joy. I am gushing with so much love for my Saviour, this hymn comes to mind…

THEE will I love, my strength, my tower,
Thee will I love, my joy, my crown,
Thee will I love with all my power,
In all thy works, and thee alone;
Thee will I love, till the pure fire
Fill my whole soul with chaste desire

Ah, why did I so late thee know,
Thee, lovelier than the sons of men!
Ah, why did I no sooner go
To thee, the only ease in pain!
Ashamed, I sigh, and inly mourn,
That I so late to thee did turn.

In darkness willingly I strayed,
I sought thee, yet from thee I roved;
Far wide my wandering thoughts were spread,
Thy creatures more than thee I loved;
And now if more at length I see,
‘Tis through thy light and comes from thee.

I thank thee, uncreated Sun,
That thy bright beams on me have shined;
I thank thee, who hast overthrown
My foes, and healed my wounded mind;
I thank thee, whose enlivening voice
Bids my freed heart in thee rejoice.

Uphold me in the doubtful race,
Nor suffer me again to stray;
Strengthen my feet with steady pace
Still to press forward in thy way;
My soul and flesh, O Lord of might,
Fill, satiate, with thy heavenly light.

Give to mine eyes refreshing tears,
Give to my heart chaste, hallowed fires,
Give to my soul, with filial fears,
The love that all heaven’s host inspires;
That all my powers, with all their might,
In thy sole glory may unite.

When I think back to all the times of pointless worrying, heartaches, sadness….the very darkness I wallowed in, while this – this very state I am in now, could have been gotten a long time before now, I beat my chest! What took you so long, Amma! But then “It is better late than never” right?

Now with today, here with me, I will not think of tomorrow. Life, a day at a time, has taught me trust. What is ahead of me, I will not worry about, what is here with me, I need not worry about, what is past and gone, well, why should I worry about that?! Human as we are, these things are not easy. But I find myself accepting these struggles with sin and temptation, with joy in my heart – no one said it is going to get easier. It is, in fact, going to get tougher. Acknowledging I cannot survive a full day without God is what makes the difference. Changes the battle plans. And so

Fierce may be the conflict, strong may be the foe,
But the King’s own army none can overthrow;
’Round His standard ranging, victory is secure,
For His truth unchanging makes the triumph sure.
Joyfully enlisting, by Thy grace divine,
We are on the Lord’s side—Savior, we are Thine!

THAT, is the difference between my yesterdays and my today!! I could go on and on but I will end right here with Thanksgiving as I started with, for God has not only found me, and I Him, He has assured me that once we keep this relationship going and growing, peace and joy will keep increasing and O how true it is with this drop of it I’ve tasted! When constantly I hear the reminder…”stop and pray”…ooooh if i could tell it all in detail! But no, not yet.

MAY JESUS CHRIST BE PRAISED!!

And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding Bible verse

 Which brings to mind this anthem – Rejoice in the Lord Alway – Henry Purcell

(also known as the Bell Anthem)

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