“Into the Winds of Eternity’s Herd” a worship poem from L.Willows (See Jesus, God’s Glory, Humility)

Before Your sky, I bend to my knee
Heaven’s gaze does humble me.
All my heart like a river flows
into God’s ocean, prayers rise- love goes.

Take me into Your sea of Light.
Cast my soul. Lift me towards you this night.
Lord my smallness is drawn like a bird,
into the winds of Eternity’s herd.

Make me into what would only be Yours.
Let me be like a Promise from whom love would pour.
with all of my heart like a river flown into
Holy, God’s ocean, the Prayer at sky’s pew.

Lord, my smallness is drawn like a bird,
into the winds of Eternity’s herd.

© 2019 Linda Willows

Psalm 19:1
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name. Because of his great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Psalm 86:8-10
There is none like thee among the gods, O Lord, nor are there any works like thine. All the nations thou hast made shall come and bow down before thee, O Lord, and shall glorify thy name. For thou art great and doest wondrous things, thou alone art God.

“Rock-Bottom Reality”, C.S. Lewis on Psalm 119; devoted to the Law of God- from the C.S. Lewis Institute

October 2020

ROCK-BOTTOM REALITY

n his 1958 book Reflections on the Psalms, in a chapter titled ”Sweeter Than Honey,” C.S. Lewis considers what the Psalms say about the Law of God. Among other things, he considers Psalm 119, “the Psalm specially devoted to the Law,”and compares the good and true way of God versus rival ways of life. An excerpt follows.

But there is something else to our purpose in [Psalm 119]. On three occasions the poet asserts that the Law is “true” or “the truth” (86, 138, 142). We find the same in [Psalm] 111,7, “all his commandments are true”. (The word, I understand, could also be translated “faithful”, or “sound”; what is, in the Hebrew sense, “true” is what “holds water”, what doesn’t “give way” or collapse.)… I think we all see pretty well what the Psalmists mean. They mean that in the Law you find the “real” or “correct” or stable, well-grounded, directions for living. The Law answers the question “Wherewithal shall a young man cleanse his way?” (119, 9). It is like a lamp, a guide (105). There are many rival directions for living, as the Pagan cultures all round us show. When the poets call the directions or “rulings” of Jaweh “true” they are expressing the assurance that these, and not those others, are the “real” or “valid” or unassailable ones; that they are based on the very nature of things and the very nature of God….

[The Jews] know that the Lord (not merely obedience to the Lord) is “righteous” and commands “‘righteousness” because He loves it (11, 8). He enjoins what is good because it is good, because He is good. Hence His laws have emeth, “truth”, intrinsic validity, rock-bottom reality, being rooted in His own nature, and are therefore as solid as that Nature which He has created. But the Psalmists themselves can say it best; “thy righteousness standeth like the strong mountains, thy judgements are like the great deep” (36, 6).Their delight in the Law is a delight in having touched firmness; like the pedestrian’s delight in feeling the hard road beneath his feet after a false short cut has long entangled him in muddy fields.

For there were other roads, which lacked “truth”. The Jews had as their immediate neighbours, close to them in race as well as in position, Pagans of the worst kind… That background made the “beauty” or “sweetness”of the Law more visible; not least because these neighbouring Paganisms were a constant temptation to the Jew and may in some of their externals have been not unlike his own religion… But when a Jew … looked at those worships — when he thought of sacred prostitution, sacred sodomy, and the babies thrown into the fire for Moloch — his own “Law” as he turned back to it must have shone with an extraordinary radiance. Sweeter than honey; or if that metaphor does not suit us who have not such a sweet tooth as all ancient peoples (partly because we have plenty of sugar), let us say like mountain water, like fresh air after a dungeon, like sanity after a nightmare…2

In the final paragraph of the chapter, Lewis observed that “[i]n so far as this idea of the Law’s beauty, sweetness, or preciousness, arose from the contrast of the surrounding Paganisms, we may soon find occasion to recover it. Christians increasingly live on a spiritual island; new and rival ways of life surround it in all directions and their tides come further up the beach every time.”3 Let us be thankful that wherever our culture goes, we can depend on the truth of Holy Scripture.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”

PSALM 119:105 (ESV)

 

1 C.S. Lewis, Reflections on the Psalms (A Harvest Book/Harcourt, Inc.), p. 58.
2 Ibid., pp. 60-63.
3 Ibid., p. 64.

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“Like a Wind that Runs Love”, a worship poem from L.Willows (Blessings, Mercy, Freedom)

 

Like a Wind that Runs Love

Blessings that will run after us, I whispered, I prayed.
Let them overtake us like a waterfall in the Day,
with mercy for the suffering, the longings unmet
for hearts on the lone side that don’t know the sun’s let.

Bring forward the bounty of Love that shines grace
that fills every need and brings lives to Your birthplace.

Come, Holy Blessing like a rainfall that bursts,
that sweetens heart hopes, as The Father fills thirst.
Run towards us like a wind that Loves and longs to be
freed as God’s captive, in this prayer, like me.

© 2020 Linda Willows

Deuteronomy 28:2 –“The Lord through Moses said, “And all these blessings shall come on you, and overtake you.”

Romans 6:22 —The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the poor; he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound.