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Think on These Things


Ragamuffin_John

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Lately, the cadence of my daily hikes has become a tempo for lyrics—as between steps, I think about a passage of Scripture.

How we love your Word, oh Lord! It truly “…[pierces] even to the dividing soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”^ Such awareness from You is Light for us.^^ We encourage one another “…with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs.” These, we sing to the Lord with heartfelt music.*

Yesterday, thinking about Philipians 4:8-9 spurred a hymn of sorts that I chicken-scratched after my hike:

The Scripture passage (KJV):
8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

The hymn:
Think on these things,
the cherishable, of Heaven and earth,
hold, gently the reins,
save it for the chariot’s burst.**
Think on these things,
the deepest cleansings of the heart,
where neither moth nor rust find
dimension of any art.+

Think on these things,
integrity, by justice weighed.
Let veracity
encourage in a principled way.
May praises ring
when truth, in thought, holds sway!
Think on these things:
the Peace of God arrayed.
__________
^ Hebrews 4:12
^^ Psalms 119:105
* Ephesians 5:19
** That is, we are stewards of what God has revealed, whether via the Scriptures (and it historically fulfilled), creation, etc. Therefore, we are mindful of this, even up to our homegoing (by whichever mode, even that “sweet chariot”)
+ Matthew 6:19-20

Except where noted, Scripture is taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION ®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by Permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved. Any bold, underlined, italicized and punctuation is mine, as well as any bracketed text within the Scripture.
 

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