"With all my heart I seek you; do not
let me stray from your commands. In my heart
I treasure your promise, that I may not sin
against you…I find joy in the way of your
decrees more than in all riches. I will ponder
your precepts and consider your paths. In
your laws I take delight; I will never forget
your word…At all times my soul is stirred
with longing for your edicts." (1)
The heart cluttered with many things
Leaves His presence with little space;
The throne room of the King of kings
Should be kept pristine for His grace.
Attachments of the heart entwine
Her garden, binding all that grows.
Tenaciously, these vines malign
His presence and His grace's flows.
She resolves to strip her heart bare:
To rid her garden of these weeds;
To clear the underbrush with care --
That she may follow where He leads.
The heart held free for Him alone,
Can serve Him at His beck and call;
With purity, before His throne,
She attends to Him with her all.
Attendants serve wholeheartedly,
With strength and joy that flow freely.
May the Lord grant us grace and strength
to set our hearts free so that we may serve
1. Psalm 119: 10,11,14-16,20
(c) Paul Buis, 2004