I Will Be Glad and Rejoice In Thee

How tedious and tasteless the hours
When Jesus no longer I see!
Sweet prospects, sweet birds, and sweet flow'rs,
Have all lost their sweetness to me.
The midsummer sun shines but dim;
The fields strive in vain to look gay;
But when I am happy in Him,
December's as pleasant as May.

His name yields the richest perfume,
And sweeter than music His voice;
His presence disperses my gloom,
And makes all within me rejoice;
I should, were He always thus nigh,
Have nothing to wish or to fear;
No mortal so happy as I;
My summer would last all the year.

Content with beholding His face,
My all to His pleasure resigned,
No changes of seasons or place
Would make any change in my mind.
While blest with a sense of His love,
A palace a toy would appear;
And prisons would palaces prove,
If Jesus would dwell with me there.

Dear Lord, if indeed I am Thine,
If Thou art my sun and my song,
Say, why do I languish and pine?
And why are my winter so long?
O drive these dark clouds from my sky;
Thy soul-cheering presence restore,
Or take me unto Thee on high,
Where winter and clouds are no more.
- - John Newton - -

The gospel of Jesus Christ
revolves around the two Advents of the Savior:
the first when He came as the humble baby
in Bethlehem's manger;
the second when He returns as King of kings
with power and great glory
to establish His eternal kingdom.
Christ's first coming assures us
that we now have a God who identified Himself
with us in every aspect of life
from birth to death.
The anticipation of His second coming 
assures us that we will live and reign 
with Him forever.
Such a hope keeps this life from becoming
"tedious and tasteless"-
regardless of the seasons or situations.
The ultimate source of inner joy is God Himself,
not our circumstances.
Without an intimate sense of His daily presence,
however, our lives can easily become winter and frigid.
"But when I am happy with Him,
December's as pleasant as May."
- - Kenneth W. Osbeck - Amazing Grace - -

I will be glad and rejoice in thee: 
I will sing praise to thy name, 
O thou most High.
- - Psalm 9:2 - -

Let all those that seek thee rejoice 
and be glad in thee: 
and let such as love thy salvation 
say continually, 
Let God be magnified.
- - Psalm 70:4 - -

Whom have I in heaven but thee? 
and there is none upon earth 
that I desire beside thee.
- - Psalm 73:25 - -

Have a blessed Lord's Day,
sweet friends!


Linda said...

Have a beautiful day friend. smiles
I hope this Christmas season brings you much joy.

Debbie Harris said...

Stephanie~ this was a most precious posting, I enjoyed it immensely.
"The anticipation of his second coming assures us that we will live and reign with Him forever. Such a hope keeps this life from becoming "tedious and tasteless" - Regardless of the seasons or situations. The ultimate source of inner joy is God himself not our circumstances without an intimate sense of his daily presents however our lives can become winter and frigid."
Isn't that so very true?!
Lovely,thought provoking post, thank you!

Have a glorious day~

Roosterhead Designs said...

Hello and 'thank you' Stephanie! I am 100% with your mom in stating this is an amazingly beautiful post! <3 The words and scriptures bring hope and joy. Wishing you a blessed day and week ahead friend~ hugs, karen o

krishna said...

Beautiful post my sweet friend.

Mary said...

I enjoy all of your posts and look forward to each. Beautiful pictures, inspirational Scripture and wonderful poetry. Thanks for sharing these!

handmade by amalia said...

Beautiful, Stephanie. I hope you're enjoying this new month of December (though how can it be December already is beyond me).

mamasmercantile said...

Another beautiful post, it was a pleasure to visit your blog.

Kerin said...

Thank you for sharing this hope-filled beautiful post with us.
This is the most amazing time of year. A time to look back and reflect on our many blessings, and how blessed we are because of the love our Savior has for each one of us.

'The thrill of hope, a weary world rejoices'!

Warm wishes~ K.

Chris Lally said...

Beautiful post, Stephanie!
Important to remember that God is the inner source of joy...

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely Christmas pictures to go with a great uplifting post! May we find all our hope, guidance, peace and joy in him daily as we share time with him, expressing thankfulness that we have him beside us in the good and the bad, they we keep our eyes focused on the life that is to come with him!

Lowcarb team member said...

I enjoyed this beautiful post, thank you.

All the best Jan

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