Posts from 2020-07-06

by Walter Rauschenbusch -    one of my favorite Baptists
In the castle of my soul
Is a postern gate,
Whereat, when I enter,
I am the presence of God.
In a moment, in the turning of a thought,
I am where God is,
This is a fact….
With God is a great silence.
But that  silence is a melody
Sweet as the contentment of love,
Thrilling as a touch of flame.
In this world my days are few
And full of trouble.
I strive and have not;
I seek and find not;
I ask and learn not . . . .
When I enter into God,
All life has meaning.
Without asking, I know;
My desires are even now fulfilled,
My fever is gone.
In the great quiet of God
My troubles are but pebbles on the road,
My joys are like the everlasting hills….
So it is when I step through the gate of prayer
From time into eternity.
When I am in the consciousness of God,
My fellowmen are not far-off and forgotten,
But close and strangely dear . . . .
They shine, as if a light were glowing within them.
Even those who frown on me
And love me not
Seem part of the great scheme of God . . . .
So it is when my soul steps through the postern gate
Into the presence of God.
Big things become small, and small things become great.
The near becomes far, and the future is near,
The lowly and despised are shot through with glory…
God is the substance of all  revolutions;
When I am in him, I am in the Kingdom of God
And in the Fatherland of my Soul.
Is it strange that I love God?
And when I come back through the gate,
Do you wonder that I carry memories with me,
And my eyes are hot with unshed tears for what I see.
And I feel like a stranger and a homeless man 
Where the poor are wasted for gain, 
Where rivers run red,
And where God’s sunlight is darkened by lies?  
— Walter Rauschenbusch, 1918
I Lacked - So - I Asked
Suddenly, unexpectedly, seemingly out of the blue – a question dropped into my mind. I recognized the Source and it captivated my thoughts throughout the evening and night. I could not give a clear answer so I took the advice of James 1:5 and asked the Lord to tell me the answer. This was the question - - What does it mean to worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness? Early in the morning several scripture verses tumbled into my head – so close to one another they bumped into each other as they entered. I combined (1 Chronicles 16:29 and Psalms 96:8-9) (Amplified Bible). “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His Name. Bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and holy array. Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness; tremble before Him and reverently fear Him”. Then I dissected this to dig into the meaning of each command.
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