Friday, September 29, 2006

LIF from the Song of Songs

Now when the King at table sits,
My spiknard smelleth sweet,
And myrrh and camphire from my store
I pour upon His feet.
My thankful love must be displayed,
He loved and wooed a beggar maid.

Ye daughters of Jerusalem,
I'm black to look upon
As goatskin tents; but also as
The tent of Solomon.
Without, I bear the marks of sin,
But Love's adorning is within.

Despise me not that I am black,
The sun hath burned my face,
My mother's children hated me,
And drove me from my place.
In their vineyards I toiled and wept.
But mine own vineyard have not kept.

I am not fair save to the King,
Though fair my royal dress,
His kingly grace is lavished on
My need and worthlessness.
My blemishes He will not see
But loves the beauty that shall be.

Hinds Feet on High Places - Hannah Hurnard

Is there anything more beautiful?!?!
Yes, I was black without and within...made so by sin and still I bear in my body the marks of that sin...the kind with the capital S....ugly and commanding in every way...driving me to toil on its behalf...forcing me to work harder and harder in a battle I could never win.....

Then He came....
He poured out His grace on me...yes me...He pierced my heart with His love, dressed me in fine linen and invited me to His table and though I may appear the same on the outside to the casual passerby....
Nothing is the same....


Amydeanne said...

very big thoughts on that! I mean that it's giving me thoughts and making me "imagine" the scene.
How hard it is to comprehend with our human nature sometimes, isn't it?
Great post! Happy Friday!

BarBarA said...

good thoughts for the day before a weekend...i'll have time to ponder it and maybe pull my copy of "Hind's Feet" off the shelf. Thanks, you are such a blessing to me!!!!

Ame said...

yes . . . beautiful :)

Deb said...

...He loves the beauty that will be...a work in progress --all of us. No matter how often I ponder God's wondrous love and grace and His ability to look beyond my sin, I am always amazed.

Thanks for the post --oh, and the book - Hinds Feet... one of my favorites!

Hattigrace said...

His amazing grace and love.

Anonymous said...

You always leave me with something to "chew" on for the weekend :)... BTW, I take my camera EVERYWHERE!!! I will share the sunset shots in a day or two that I got when we left the course and went 7 miles down the road to the beach....and I confess....I placed that ball in the tree with my hand not my golf shot :)

Birmingham Girl said...

I LOVE the last two lines:
"My blemishes He will not see
But loves the beauty that shall be".
Who in this world would not see our blemishes but instead the beauty that shall be...only God. The thought of it makes me teary.
Beautiful..thank you!

Miskaj said...

Absolutely beautiful! You haev a great gift to write poetry like that! Really nice site and so very glad I dropped by! Thanks for sharing with me! I am so glad there are people like you around! There are a lot of Christians (people) who "fret and worry" over every little thing and to do so is also known as DOUBT and to be in doubt is not to have the faith that GOD gave unto us so therefore it is SIN! Wow! What a grabber huh!? Yes, GOD says that we are "full of seed". Pregnant is the word HE used for us. All we have to do is allow HIS word to come forth in us and we bring forth HIS children in us (HIS FRUITS) and we become more like HIM in all we do and say! You know the days are passing very fast as GOD said that the "time shall be shortened" in the last days, remember? Well we are there and the last days are upon us, so these days keep turning into weeks and weeks into months and years before we know it, they're gone again and soon there shall be no more as we know them! You know though if you stop and think about it and recall the pleasures of heaven and the peace it brings and all of the love and joy that abound in HIS presence, and if we are HIS child, then WHY should we fear it? Some people do fear the end! It should be the very greatest blessing to us! Something to be "looked forward" to with greatest excitement! Well, you stay safe and be blessed and I will pray all will be well with you always. In HIS love, Katie

jayjay said...

Ah, but how that draws down deep into the well of who I/we are. Through the veil we see Him and we see each other, but He sees without the veil and finds us beautiful. Thanks for those words, and yes, Hannah Hurnard and Hinds Feet were formative in my Christianity and continue to speak . . .