for the bare but not barren field

a view

bare but not barren

always bountiful for all

is the song we pray

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Generations (The ploughed field and the fallow field)

The ploughed field and the fallow field
They sang a prudent song to me;
We bide all year and take our yield
Or barrenness as case may be.

What time or tide may bring to pass
Is nothing of our reckoning,
Power was before our making was
That had in brooding thought it’s spring.

We bide our fate as best betides
What ends the tale may prove the first.
Stars know as truly of their guides
As we the truth of best or worst.

Ivor Gurney (1890-1937 / England)

traveler’s mirror reflects: three haiku for three October orchids

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the purple of rain

quenches gently parched heartstring

woken thanks and praise

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each petal speaks hush

listen to the heavenly

sublime divine bliss

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declare the beauty

of the Creator of love

in the beginning

“A dictionary for navigators on spiritual rough waters” chapter 27 – power of “praise”

Recently this traveler discovered the power of another word, “PRAISE”. This is a word not generally taken seriously. It is often misused and even abused when the user does not mean what he says or say what he means.

In spiritual reality it is one of the most powerful words. It is not just for defensive purpose. It can be a piece of effective offensive weapon in itself. In the history of crucial national wars between kingdoms, the effective use of praise had won wars without even losing one soldier on the winning side.

The only requirement of using this amazing weapon is : praising the right target. In this dictionary the praise target is the Almighty God. What are the prerequisites to carry out this life and death task for a nation? Faith in action.

Here is  an amazing historical example from 2 Chronicles 20.

King Jehoshaphat of Judah ordered his priests to sing praises to God and God caused his enemy (armies from three nations) to be destroyed supernaturally. When Jehoshaphat asked his people to fast with him and seek God for help, God replied through a prophet, “You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, who is with you.” It was recorded that, “ And when he [the king] had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the Lord, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army  and were saying:

“Praise the Lord,
For His mercy endures forever.”

22 Now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated. ”  The enemy armies killed and destroyed each other. All that King Jehoshaphat of Judah and his people needed to do was to gather the spoils of valuables and they were three days gathering the spoil because there was so much!

Summary: Praise God (the rightful worthy object of praise). By faith. Witness the mighty works of God and give thanks.

power of praise
power of praise

Singing in the Spirit on higher ground

1 I’m pressing on the upward way, New heights I’m gaining every day; Still praying as I onward bound, “Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.”

Lord, lift me up, and let me stand By faith on Canaan’s tableland; A higher plane than I have found, Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.

2 My heart has no desire to stay Where doubts arise and fears dismay; Though some may dwell where these abound, My prayer, my aim, is higher ground.

3 I want to live above the world, Though Satan’s darts at me are hurled; For faith has caught the joyful sound, The song of saints on higher ground.

4 I want to scale the utmost height And catch a gleam of glory bright; But still I’ll pray till rest I’ve found, “Lord, lead me on to higher ground.”

http://hymnal.net/en/hymn/h/396

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