How Beautiful Your Songs Of Praise

A beautiful song to listen to...

 ...while you browse through these photos of beautiful birds and blooms we saw on our recent anniversary trip.



Psalm 139

Here is some music (It Is Well With My Soul) to listen to as you read Psalm 139 below it.

1O Lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, 
   Thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down,
   and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, 
  but, lo, O Lord, Thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before,
  and laid Thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
  it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from Thy spirit?
  or whither shall I flee from Thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, Thou art there:
  if I make my bed in hell, behold, Thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning,
  and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall Thy hand lead me,
   and Thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me;
    even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from Thee;
    but the night shineth as the day: the darkness
    and the light are both alike to Thee.
13 For Thou hast possessed my reins:
   Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.
14 I will praise thee;
   for I am fearfully and wonderfully made:
   marvellous are Thy works;
   and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from Thee,
   when I was made in secret,
   and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect;
   and in Thy book all my members were written,
   which in continuance were fashioned,
   when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are Thy thoughts unto me, O God!
   how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number
   than the sand: when I awake, I am still with Thee.
19 Surely Thou wilt slay the wicked, O God:
   depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against Thee wickedly,
   and Thine enemies take Thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate Thee?
   and am not I grieved with those
   that rise up against Thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred:
   I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart:
   try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me,
   and lead me in the way everlasting.


He Sees, Knows And Cares

On a recent trip I saw these little beauties hidden in the thick and lush foliage nearby...Just simple, wild impatiens (Maria-sem-vergonha here in Brazil) but, oh, so lovely!
Some were already getting old and wilted but in my opinion they still added a unique beauty to the whole scene. The colors of different shades of green, white and pink were...well, too beautiful for words.
 The closer I got to them, the more light was cast on them and the more detail I could see. It was a special time as I enjoyed my photo "session" with them.

Posting these photos reminds me of some verses, verses that remind us that no matter who we are, where we are or what we're doing, saying or thinking, God sees, hears and knows all. More importantly, in spite of all that...HE CARES!
The eyes of the Lord are in every place,
beholding the evil and the good. (Proverbs 15:3)
Neither is there any creature that is not manifest in His sight: but all things are naked and opened unto the eyes of Him with whom we have to do. (Hebrews 4:13)