Saturday, November 7, 2009

The Musings Of A Thankful Heart

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THE MUSINGS OF A
THANKFUL HEART

by HELEN STEINER RICE

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PEOPLE EVERWHERE IN LIFE
FROM EVERY WALK AND STATION
FROM EVERY TOWN AND CITY
AND EVERY STATE AND NATION,
HAVE GIVEN ME SO MANY THINGS
INTANGIBLE AND DEAR,
I COULDN'T BEGIN TO COUNT THEM
ALL OR EVEN MAKE THEM CLEAR.
I ONLY KNOW I OWE SO MUCH
TO PEOPLE EVERYWHERE
AND WHEN I PUT MY THOUGHTS IN
VERSE IT'S JUST MY WAY TO SHARE
THE MUSINGS OF A THANKFUL HEART,
A HEART MUCH LIKE YOUR OWN,
FOR NOTHING THAT I THINK OR
WRITE IS MINE AND MINE ALONE.
SO IF YOU FOUND SOME BEAUTY
IN ANY WORD OR LINE
IT'S JUST YOUR SOUL'S REFLECTION
IN PROXIMITY WITH MINE.

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BUT I TRUSTED IN YOUR STEADFAST LOVE;
MY HEART SHALL REJOICE IN YOUR SALVATION.
I WILL SING TO THE LORD,
BECAUSE HE HAS DEALT BOUNTIFULLY WITH ME.

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PSALM 13:5-6
NRSV

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BECAUSE HE HATH SET HIS LOVE UPON ME,
THEREFORE WILL I DELIVER HIM:
I WILL SET HIM ON HIGH,
BECAUSE HE HATH KNOWN MY NAME.

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PSALM 91:14
KJV

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THE LORD LOVES THOSE WHO HATE EVIL;
HE PROTECTS THE LIVES OF HIS PEOPLE,
AND RESCUES THEM FROM THE WICKED.

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PSALM 97:10
TLB

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EVERYONE WHO HONORS YOUR NAME CAN TRUST YOU,
BECAUSE YOU ARE FAITHFUL
TO ALL WHO DEPEND ON YOU.

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PSALM 9:10
CEV

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OH, HOW I LOVE YOUR LAW!
IT IS MY MEDITATION ALL THE DAY.

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PSALM 119:97
NKJV

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LOVE THE LORD, ALL YOU HIS SAINTS.
THE LORD PRESERVES THE FAITHFUL,
BUT ABUNDANTLY REPAYS THE
ONE WHO ACTS HAUGHTILY.

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PSALM 31:23
NRSV

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I WILL BE GLAD AND REJOICE IN YOUR LOVE,
FOR YOU SAW MY AFFLICTION
AND KNEW THE ANGUISH OF MY SOUL.

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PSALM 31:7
NIV

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HOW BLESSED IS THE MAN
WHO HAS MADE THE LORD HIS TRUST,
AND HAS NOT TURNED TO
THE PROUD, NOR TO THOSE
WHO LAPSE INTO FALSEHOOD.

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PSALM 40:4
NAS

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RETURN, O MY SOUL, TO YOUR REST,
FOR THE LORD HAS DEALT
BOUNTIFULLY WITH YOU.

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PSALM 116:7
NRSV

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THOUGH THE LORD IS SUPREME,
HE TAKES CARE OF THOSE WHO ARE HUMBLE,
BUT HE STAYS AWAY FROM THE PROUD.

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PSALM 138:6
NCV

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BUT I AM LIKE A GREEN OLIVE TREE
IN THE HOUSE OF GOD.
I TRUST IN THE STEADFAST LOVE
OF GOD FOREVER AND EVER.

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PSALM 52:8
NRSV

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1 comment:

  1. I certainly love the picture and every words you said.

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