The Worship Quote of the Week for (11/12/1996):

"As Water to the Thirsty"
The scriptures are full of literary images that attempt to describe the
vastness of God's love. Today's WORSHIP QUOTE OF THE WEEK is a hymn text by
Timothy Dudley-Smith, a retired Bishop in the Church of England. Here we
encounter some "fresh" descriptions of God's relationship with his people.

AS WATER TO THE THIRSTY

As water to the thirsty,
as beauty to the eyes,
as strength that follows weakness,
as truth instead of lies;
as songtime and springtime
and summertime to be,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

Like calm in place of clamour,
like peace that follows pain,
like meeting after parting,
like sunshine after rain;
like moonlight and starlight
and sunlight on the sea,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

As sleep that follows fever,
as gold instead of gray,
as freedom after bondage,
as sunrise to the day;
as home to the traveler
and all we long to see,
so is my Lord,
my living Lord,
so is my Lord to me.

-Timothy Dudley-Smith, from *Lift Every Heart: Collected Hymns 1961-1983 and
some early poems,* Hope Publishing Co., 1984

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[Timothy Dudley-Smith admits that this hymns owes something of its origin to
the power of Simon and Garfunkel's classic phrase "Like a bridge over
troubled water." In the life of faith, what are the similes that best depict
the many facets of Christ's love and care for his people? Here's a little
Tuesday morning Bible study for you. The poet provides the following
scripture passages to support the images of the Lord that are used in "As
Water to the Thirsty."]

STANZA ONE
Psalm 63:1, Psalm 27:4, Psalm 28:7, 1 Thess. 1:9, Exodus. 15:2, Song of
Solomon, chapter 2.

STANZA TWO
1 Kings 19:11-12, Hebrews 13:20, John 20:11-18, Rev. 1:16, Psalm 104:2.

STANZA THREE
Psalm 4:8, Matthew 17:2, Psalm 146:7, Malachi 4:2, Luke 16:11-24.

Have a great week,
Chip Stam