Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Midweek Meditation: "The Hound of Heaven"

One of the most loved verses come from the Psalm 23, in particular, the last verse which says:

"Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will live in the house of the LORD forever." (Ps 23:6, NLT)

Author Francis Thompson (1859-1907) captured this very eloquently in her world famous poem called, "The Hound of Heaven." Here is the reflection on how God pursues us.

I FLED Him, down the nights and down the days; 
  I fled Him, down the arches of the years; 
I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways 
    Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears 
I hid from Him, and under running laughter. 
      Up vistaed hopes I sped; 
      And shot, precipitated, 
Adown Titanic glooms of chasmèd fears, 
  From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. 
      But with unhurrying chase, 
      And unperturbèd pace, 
Deliberate speed, majestic instancy, 
      They beat—and a Voice beat 
      More instant than the Feet— 
‘All things betray thee, who betrayest Me.’


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