Sunday, February 21, 2010

Runyan: Lord, I have shut the door

Sunday, February 21, 2010
    But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
    —Matthew 6:6 (NIV)
Lord, I have shut the door, speak now the word
Which in the din and throng could not be heard;
Hushed now my inner heart, whisper Thy will,
While I have come apart, while all is still.

In this blest quietness clamorings cease;
Here in Thy presence dwells infinite peace;
Yonder, the strife and cry, yonder, the sin:
Lord, I have shut the door, Thou art within!

Lord, I have shut the door, strengthen my heart;
Yonder awaits the task—I share a part.
Only through grace bestowed may I be true;
Here, while alone with Thee, my strength renew.
    ... William M. Runyan, [1923]The Complete Book of Hymns, William J. Petersen, ed., Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2006, p. 574 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Speak, Lord, for I am listening.

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Blogger robert said...

Thanks for posting some of William Runyan's lovely hymn. (Today is the 53rd anniversary of his death.) The song provides a needed reminder that our times with the Lord are important to our spiritual welfare.

If you enjoy reading about our hymns and their authors, I invite you to check out my daily blog on the subject, Wordwise Hymns.

8:03 AM  
Blogger Robert McAnally Adams said...

Thanks. That lovely and unusual blog can be found at

4:19 PM  

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