Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Shut the Door

Getting away, just me and the Word of God, and spending time alone with God...that is something that I have struggled with. The busy-ness of life is such an enemy to our souls. I was looking in an old hymn book today and was challenged by this old song written in 1923 by William M. Runyan.

Lord, I Have Shut the Door
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.

3 comments:

Sheila said...

Hi, Melanie. Interesting hymn. I wish I knew the tune! Great words, that's for sure.

abi said...

What a powerful hymn, Melanie! "Only through grace bestowed may I be true." Apart from Jesus, we can do nothing! Thank you for sharing!!

Bethany said...

I know I'm a little late commenting on this post, but I just had to say that I love this picture! I think my favorite part is seeing the children's boots...it adds to the pictures SOOOOO much -- for one knows that the house is lived in, and is truly a home. :D

Excellent words, too. "Here, while alone with Thee, my strength renew." I praise the Lord for that blessed renewal!