The Lily of the Valley: Sept.&Oct. Photoblog Preview

The Lily of the Valley: Sept.&Oct. Photoblog Preview

I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.

Refrain

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.

Refrain

He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessèd will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessèd face,
Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll.

Refrain

The Lily of the Valley: Sept.&Oct. Photoblog Preview

I have found a friend in Jesus, He’s everything to me,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul;
The Lily of the Valley, in Him alone I see
All I need to cleanse and make me fully whole.
In sorrow He’s my comfort, in trouble He’s my stay;
He tells me every care on Him to roll.

Refrain

He’s the Lily of the Valley, the Bright and Morning Star,
He’s the fairest of ten thousand to my soul.

He all my grief has taken, and all my sorrows borne;
In temptation He’s my strong and mighty tower;
I have all for Him forsaken, and all my idols torn
From my heart and now He keeps me by His power.
Though all the world forsake me, and Satan tempt me sore,
Through Jesus I shall safely reach the goal.

Refrain

He will never, never leave me, nor yet forsake me here,
While I live by faith and do His blessèd will;
A wall of fire about me, I’ve nothing now to fear,
From His manna He my hungry soul shall fill.
Then sweeping up to glory to see His blessèd face,
Where the rivers of delight shall ever roll.

Refrain

Charles W. Fry wrote this gospel song in 1881 while working for the Salvation Army. This song has always been a favorite of mine.

It is doubtful that Christ is spoken about in the Song of Solomon, but that is how Mr. Fry took the verse to mean. It is a great and rousing song regardless.

I have some wonderful pictures of lilies that show off this flower’s brilliance for my posts during Sept. and Oct. I will do a daily Psalm for Sept. and use Proverbs again for Oct. Whatever the year, the verses and pictures may be followed for daily inspiration.

 

Preview of August Photoblog Posts

Psalm 119.105: “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” Metaphorically, the Psalmist tells his readers that God’s word enables wise choices for every decision in his life. He uses the revealed truth to keep from stumbling into sin and its consequences. He wants to continue to enjoy God’s blessing uninterrupted.

Ancient Hebrews used clay oil lamps into which olive oil was poured and a wick inserted and protruding outside the lamp was lit and so gave its light until the oil supply was spent or the wick material consumed. These lamps were somewhat similar throughout the Mideast region, and, while I have no pictures of Israeli lamps, the ones from the Greeks, Persians, and North Africa give hints as to the lighting devices of which the Psalmist speaks.

Not all of the pictures are as clear as I would like them to be but think the images portray the device so as to give the idea of the technology of the period. All of the pictures were taken through glass as the museum displayed these artifacts for their preservation. Neither were all of these lamps in the focus field of my camera as it was impossible to separate the groupings and only certain angles produced the best representations. None of the pictures were taken with the camera’s flash function as it was not allowed by the museum.

I was able to isolate 31 images of lamps and will caption a verse or part of a verse from Proverbs with each calendar day corresponding to the chapter in this “Wisdom” book. The title of my post will briefly describe the artifact.

Bible Verses

The pictures I post will usually have a verse or part of a verse from Scripture. The portions I choose mostly come from the Psalms or Proverbs since these books have many verses where the concept is complete or “stand alone”. These snippets are good for memorization and encouragement.

Generally, the historical narratives, prophecies, and letters should be read in complete sections to preserve the literary flow. It is much harder to find complete concepts in these sections but some verses may be used which “stand alone” if great care is used and the context is not violated.

The Bible reader will be best served by reading the whole of the Scripture systematically. Many reading plans are designed to cover the whole Bible in a year. This plan will help the reader see the complete view of all God has for us and provide a context for the various parts.