God of Light You continue to reveal my darkness God of Love You overlook my indifference God of Mercy You melt my heart to offer my life afresh daily God of Grace You give me desire and ability to walk in you God of Wonder You fill my perplexities with vision God of Hope You give me tenacity to hold to your way God of Peace You crush the works of darkness in me God of Glory You lighten my pilgrimage in this dark and dreary world God of Comfort Embraces me in the loneliness of the Way and the wandering of my soul God of Provision My fountain never runs dry nor the staff of Thy Word fails me God of the Orphan When friends forsake and the way is dark – you hold me God of Truth To reveal the untruth in me – A most precious ministration God of the Harvest My only hope of being fruitful in the seeds sown and the deeds done God of the Sabbath Ever teaching and leading me into the true Rest of doing Thy Works and Speaking Thy Words God – The Consuming Fire The Flame which burns within my heart for purity and the desire to honor you God – My Shepherd The One who leads me in the way of the Lamb, through the meadows, the still waters and the valleys of shadows and death God My Saviour Who is ever working the wonders of His salvation in the midst of my own lostness God My Keeper Who keeps me when I do not see danger He Who Is – The Word My First Love and to whom I owe my very existence God My Light Who gives me light to see the greater Light God My Wisdom Who teaches me by His Presence the beauty and true value of the Fear of the Lord God of the Disciple He who holds me in the steps of His Son and presses me to forsake my love of self God of Beth-El Who has birthed in me a Love for His House – May she arise in the unity of the power of His Heart!
“My beloved spake, and said unto me, Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away.”
Song of songs 2:16
The call of God to His own is always one to new places of intimacy in relationship. Not only does He call but He speaks words of endearment to those who follow after Him. His own know Him as “Beloved” and He calls us “my fair one” There is no plurality here; He is not speaking to a congregation or a crowd. He is calling out to one who is the object of His great love.
In religious circles the call is broad; it is a generic call and the references are impersonal. Those who are His know this intense and personal relationship. There is a singular flow of His life and love unto those who are following Him. The focus of the individual’s heart is all about Him. In the seeing of Him the world becomes dim and distant and its temptations start to lose their power and attraction. It is out of this wonder of Him drawing near that we feel the power of His love rising in our hearts to respond to the call of a deeper knowing of Him. This call is characterized by words of incomprehensible beauty: “my fair one”. Who can resist such undeserved love? Who is able to fathom such redemptive love? How can we ever measure or understand its cause or the depths from which its flows?
Lost within the broad landscape of religion, and a world gone mad with the voices and the rantings of men who think they have the answers, there is the “still small voice”. It draws the heart with whispers of grace and affection; “come away my fair one… come to Me”.
Within this growing relationship the need to fortify our place in Him with the teachings and doctrines of men disappears for His love itself becomes our surety and solace. His love constrains us to willingly arise from where we are to follow on to deeper places of affection and wonder. We touch the holy atmosphere of His cords of love that embrace us setting our own hearts ablaze with their fervency. The words flowing between the “beloved” and the “my fair one” are the language of this holy union:
“I am my beloved’s, and my beloved is mine”
Song of songs 6:3