Monday, February 27, 2012

Herbert: The God of love my shepherd is

Monday, February 27, 2012
    Feast of George Herbert, Priest, Poet, 1633
    ... my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
    —Philippians 4:19 (NIV)
The God of love my shepherd is,
    And he that doth me feed:
While he is mine and I am his,
    What can I want or need?

He leads me to the tender grasse,
    Where I both feed and rest;
Then to the streams that gently passe:
    In both I have the best.

Or if I stray, he doth convert,
    And bring my minde in frame:
And all this not for my desert,
    But for his holy name.

Yea, in deaths shadie black abode
    Well may I walk, not fear:
For thou art with me, and thy rod
    To guide, thy staffe to bear.

Nay, thou dost make me sit and dine,
    Ev’n in my enemies’ sight;
My head with oyl, my cup with wine
    Runnes over day and night.

Surely thy sweet and wondrous love
    Shall measure all my dayes;
And as it never shall remove,
    So neither shall my praise.
    ... George Herbert (1593-1633), The Poetical Works of George Herbert, New York: D. Appleton, 1857, p. 219-220 (see the book)
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You are my sole safety.

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