Streams in The Desert


He brought me forth also into a large place; he delivered me; because he delighted in me.

~ Ps 18:19

And what is this “large place”? What can it be but God Himself, that infinite Being in whom all other beings and all other streams of life terminate? God is a large place indeed. And it was through humiliation, through abasement, through nothingness that David was brought into it.

~ Madame Guyon

“I bare you on eagle’s wings, and brought you unto myself” (Exod. 19:4).

Fearing to launch on “full surrender’s” tide,  
I asked the Lord where would its waters glide  
My little bark, “To troubled seas I dread?”  
“Unto Myself,” He said.  

Weeping beside an open grave I stood,  
In bitterness of soul I cried to God:  
“Where leads this path of sorrow that I tread?”  
“Unto Myself,” He said.  

Striving for souls, I loved the work too well;  
Then disappointments came; I could not tell  
The reason, till He said, “I am thine all;  
Unto Myself I call.”  

Watching my heroes, those I loved the best,  
I saw them fail; they could not stand the test,  
Even by this the Lord, through tears not few,  
Unto Himself me drew.  

Unto Himself! No earthly tongue can tell  
The bliss I find, since in His heart I dwell;  
The things that charmed me once seem all as naught;  
Unto Himself I’m brought.  
~ Selected

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