My White Frock

Yesterday morning, you dressed me in a white, crisp - well pressed long flowing frock..... 

I leaped into the day....clean...fresh.....
Through the day, I passed through different terrain
Some smooth, some rough,
Trimmed paths, overgrown paths
Green lawns, paddles here and there
I returned home, in the evening.....
Dressed in a crumbled long flowing muddled frock
Returned to you, not as clean and fresh
I had fallen....stained my garments
And wasn't smelling too good

I approached you embarrassed
If only I had watched my steps
more closely.....
Spoken more softly....
Been more patient....
Been stricter on my thoughts
Been more loving in treating those who shared my day...
If only I had been more selfless.....
My stains would not glare as much

You called me to your side
I was afraid of reproach
What happened? You asked...
I bowed and explained....
You pointed to Him...
Asked Him to give me a bath....
He changed my clothes too
I returned to you
In a white, crisp, well pressed long flowing frock
You lifted me into your bossom
And there comforted me to sleep
singing...

"There is a fountain filled with blood...
Drawn from Emmanuel's veins
And sinners plunge beneath that flood
and lose all their guilty stains".

And as I awoke this morning
you sent me out saying....
"My mercy is new every morning
Go out, and stain less!"

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Still on the Yet.

Psalms 43 : My read this morning, words that comfort my soul, a reminder that I will YET praise the Lord, for I have placed my hope in HIM, and my expectation shall not be cut out.

The Treasury of David Commentary that best expresses my heart.

Vs. 1 "Judge me, O God." Others are unable to understand my motives, and unwilling to give me a just verdict. My heart is clear as to its intent, and therefore I bring my case before thee, content that thou wilt impartially weigh my character, and right my wrongs. If thou wilt judge, thy acceptance of my conduct will be enough for me; I can laugh at human misrepresentation if my conscience knows that thou art on my side; thou art the only one I care for; and besides, thy verdict will not sleep, but thou wilt see practical justice done to thy slandered servant.

Vs. 2 "Thou art the God of my strength." All my strength belongs to thee - I will not, therefore, use it on my own behalf against my personal foes. All my strength comes from thee, I therefore seek help from thee, who art able to bestow it. All my strength is in thee. I leave therefore this task of combating my foes entirely in thy hands. Faith which leaves such things alone is wise faith.

Vs 3. "O send out thy light and thy truth." The joy of thy presence and the faithfulness of thy heart; let both of these be manifest to me. Reveal my true character by thy light, and reward me according to thy truthful promise. As the sun darts forth his beams, so does the Lord send forth his favour and his faithfulness towards all his people; and as all nature rejoices in the sunshine, even so the saints triumph in the manifestation of the love and fidelity of their God, which, like the golden sunbeam, lights up even the darkest surroundings with delightful splendour.

"Let them lead me." Be these my star to guide me to my rest. Be these my Alpine guides to conduct me over mountains and precipices to the abodes of grace. "Let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles." First in thy mercy bring me to thine earthly courts, and end my weary exile, and then in due time admit me to thy celestial palace above. We seek not light to sin by, nor truth to be exalted by it, but that they may become our practical guides to the nearest communion with God: only such light and truth as are sent us from God will do this, common light is not strong enough to show the road to heaven, nor will mere moral or physical truths assist to the holy hill; but the light of the Holy Spirit, and the truth as it is in Jesus, these are elevating, sanctifying, perfecting; and hence their virtue in leading us to the glorious presence of God.

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Be Strong in the Lord

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