Friday, December 5, 2008

I Found...

....some poems by George Herbert that spoke to me long ago:

The Pulley

When God at first made man,
Having a glass of blessings standing by,
"Let us", said he, "pour on him all we can:
Let the world's riches, which dispersed lie,
Contract into a span."

So strength first made a way;
then beauty flowed, then wisdom, honor, pleasure.
When almost all was out, God made a stay,
Perceiving that, alone of all his treasure,
Rest in the bottom lay.

"For if I should," said He,
"Bestow this jewel also on my creature,
He would adore my gifts instead of me,
And rest in Nature, not the God of Nature;
So both should losers be.

"Yet let him keep the rest,
But keep them with repining restlessness:
Let him be rich and weary, that at least,
If goodness lead him not, yet weariness
May toss him to my breast."


Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning
If I lacked anything

"A guest," I answered, "worthy to be here":
Love said, "You shall be he."
"I, the unkind, ungrateful? Ah, my dear,
I cannot look on thee."
Love took my hand, and smiling did reply,
"Who made the eyes but I?"

"Truth, Lord: but I have marred them; let my shame
Go where it doth deserve."
"And know you not," says Love, "who bore the blame?"
"My dear, then I will serve."
"You must sit down," says Love, "and taste my meat."
So I did sit and eat.

Monday, September 15, 2008

My Obsession of Late

Many people ask what I've been doing. Well, while I'm in school there's usually a small, scheduled list (boring to most people, I'm sure) of things I do every day. However the thing that has really caught my interest is a 180-year old song by my favorite composer. Along with this song, I'm working on a few other pieces this semester. But this is my jewel :) Enjoy!

Saturday, September 13, 2008

Hello Again...

Well, its been a while...

For those of you who don't know I will quickly update you on the summer's events since England. A week after I got back from England, I left with a group to SE Asia. A lot of work and preparation had gone into this trip, but unfortunately it wasn't in God's plan for me to stay there long. Due to some health issues, I was sent back home and arrived exactly one week after I left. It was a fun few days though :) For those of you who don't know the specifics, if you want you can email me and I'll be glad to respond...everything is okay now, we got all of it taken care of.

In other news, school has started and I'm very happy about that. I have a full schedule (as always). It seems that my schedule always manages to be heavier than needed. I'm taking more upper division biology classes than I need, but I figure why not while I'm here right? Anyway, it makes for a fun semester.

Fall is coming! It is starting to cool down and my favorite type of morning is here: overcast, damp, and cool! Praise God for Fall :)

Keep me in your prayers. Yeah, I'll keep it at that.

I don't know how much I'll be updating...or what I even should put on here, but I will try my best. A good friend has a great blog that has given me ideas (thank you to one of the best artists out there, Shane) so we'll see how that goes.

Until then

Monday, June 16, 2008

More Fun in England

Ok, I'm sorry that I haven't updated in a while. I tried posting a few days ago but for some reason the blogger wasn't updating any of my photos. And who wants a post without photos? :) And another thing, the images go from most recent to least recent. Another thing I have yet to learn about blogger. Anyway, I've been having the time of my life. London is by far the best place I've ever been and I want to stay so badly. I would live here if I could! Everything about it is amazing....the transportation, the accents (yum), nightlife, the business, etc.! I never thought I'd like a busy city so much. I thought I'd be in love with the outdoors, calm, pretty, etc. and although that would be amazing, I feel like I'm actually living when I'm here.

Me in front of the National Art Museum. Lots and lots of paintings! Too many in fact, it was so overwhelming. I appreciated all the art, but since I'm not very educated when it comes to that, I felt I wasn't able to appreciate it :( Shane, you would have loved it!

Stonehenge...had to see it! :)

Only the best for the Zylstras!

Another one we had to go to.

St. Paul's Cathedral. I'm missing the dome which is the most famous part, but the whole building is so massive its impossible to get from up close. Inside, where we were not able to take pictures, was even more impressive. The entire ceiling is enlaid with gold and the most gorgeous art. Pillars and such gave a very cathedral feeling to it. We also went to the service on Sunday and heard the choir sing. My God, the most amazingly perfect acoustic building ever!

Big Ben, Parliment, and The Eye....more on that later

Shakespeare's Globe...aka his theater

Buckingham Palace. It was huge. The queen was in residence as they had a procession or something in the early morning. Later when we were walking in what seemed to be the aristocratic neighborhood around the palace, we saw Prince Charles, his brother (andrew?), and Camilla drive out in three separate cars. It was pretty cool

Windsor Castle...Queen something had a cool doll collection

Alison and me in the lift at The Commodore Hotel in London. The capacity said 4 but we could barely fit us two and Aunt Rhoda.
So, I'm enjoying myself thoroughly. Tomorrow we're doing Stratford and Saturday we'll be taking the train to Oxford. Back to London on Sunday, yeah! I wish I didn't have to leave London :( Maybe I'll just stay and see how long it takes them to find me...

Thursday, June 12, 2008

A Tiring Few Days

Well, here I am in London! It's been really great thus far, a lot better than I was really thinking it was going to be. We had a 3 hour flight to Vancoover, Canada with a 3.5 hour layover, then almost a 10 hour flight from there to Heathrow Int'l. Needless to say, I was ready for food, shower, and bed! Its hard to believe that Heathrow was only half way last year. I don't think I could have made that again! Anyway, I'll let the pictures do most of the talking. I really love the city...its so huge and complex with so many people, but has a great feeling to it.

Me on the plane from Vancoover to Heathrow. Still not excited though!

The first park we walked. Kensington Park...the biggest park I've been in (that probably tells you of my exposures to parks) Its right by our hotel so it makes for easy access

Prince Albert in all his glory. Word cannot describe how huge this thing was. You really have to see it to gauge the magnitude. There was so much detail in every carving...with so much gold, the pillars being marble, and the stone so lifelike, it was a nice first monument.

The city of London. Its so easy to get lost because most of the buildings looks like this - perhaps natives can distinguish between them all but they all look the same to us :)

In front of the Tower Bridge...

Friday, June 6, 2008

England Bound

Well, it seems the thrust of all my plans is coming to realization and my trips around the world are starting very soon. I'm very excited to see parts of the world I've never seen before and meet people I've never met before :) But most of all, I'm anticipating a new, global mindset and a renewed zeal for whatever God might have for me in those terms. However, keeping with the mindset of a content servant of Christ, I won't let my thoughts get ahead of the present. 

I will try to update while I am in England with pictures and such, but I can't promise anything. I'm not too sure about the computer situation so
 we'll see about that. A few things that, if you're reading this, you can keep me in prayer for:
  • Even though England is a "vacation", pray that I would continue to keep the mindset of a bondservant of Christ to keep the flesh in submission and be ready to preach the gospel in season and out of season.
  • For Team SE Asia that I will be traveling with when I get back, that God would continue to shape our hearts as a team and that we would work as a body for the body there :)
  • Sanity of mind with things going on at home...
I will write soon I hope, if I can't...I'll be in jolly ol' 

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Remembering His Works

"I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds." Psalm 77:11-12

Today I was able to share my trip to Rwanda with some good friends with pictures and stories, and I was again reminded of the faithfulness of the Lord. Its funny looking back at something so significant and remembering the lessons and experiences as if they were far removed from me, sort of an objective teaching lesson. But today God graciously brought back many vivid memories of people in Rwanda that affected my life more than they will know. 

I was also incredibly blessed by a sister in the Lord who shall remain nameless :) And most who read this will not know who I am speaking of, but this sister acted in such a way that showed Christ to me so profoundly. Praise God :)

This is a picture Candy took while a few students and I were worshipping the Lord. An amazing experience of cross culture/language/country giving glory to the same God

My evening class. I love this picture because we all fell right after the picture was taken:)

On the last day of classes, my student wrote and read a poem in front of the whole class for me. It meant so much that he read it to everyone and sharing it with my friends today brought back so much appreciation for it. God was so gracious for using me in others' lives. Praise Him!

No matter where, no matter when
We are together
In spite of space, in spite of time
We are together

You leave our country, not our mind
You leave our sight, not our heart
We are together!

Just we will cry, when you take a fly
For its hard to leave the people you love

That's right you'll make everyone cry
Anywhere you leave because you're irreplaceable

Best at work we liked you most
Let us this time tell you all our thanks
You've done a lot

May God bless your plans
May you have a wonderful fly

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Fundraiser Dinner

Last night was our team's Fundraiser Dinner. It went really well and the Lord provided so much! It actually went a lot better than I was anticipating. Anthony, Dr. Mooney, Brandon, and Becca spoke about our purpose there, what we're going to do, and how God is providing today. We had a great dinner and one amazing dessert. We raised a good amount of money for the team, and God is continuing to provide!

Anthony speaking...

Brandon talking about what we're going to be doing while in "Southeast Asia"

Becca speaking about what she's learned thus far

My reaction when Anthony forgot my name while he was introducing the team. Thanks bud! :-)

Please keep us in your prayers as we prepare to serve in this country. May God sanctify us as individuals and as a team. I know I definitely need a new perspective to succeed in this endeavor. Also, finals start this week. 'nough said?

I'm in the mood for frozen yogurt...

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

In Christ Alone

This past week I've been realizing (again?) just how much I must rely on Christ alone. He has reminded me that He is the source of everything. He is the best provider, the best comforter, the best Father, the best friend, etc. I cannot look to man to fulfill these roles. I must instead look to God to meet all my needs.

In Christ Alone

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my
strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights
of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when
strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in
the love of Christ I stand

In Christ alone, who took
on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of
love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to
‘Till on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath
of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live

There in the
ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He
rose again
And as He stands in victory
curse has lost it’s grip on me
For I am His and He is
Bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of
Christ in me
From life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, or scheme of
Could ever pluck me from His hand
‘Till He
returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ
I’ll stand

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Where My Faith Lies

"...that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God." - 1 Corinthians 2:5

It seems to me that I am always in a battle of where to place my faith. On one hand, I have the world declaring that I should be a certain person, embrace certain things, and walk a certain way. And at first glance, it may appear valid. After all, its what my "heart" wants, right? Its what my natural man would do, without any influence from the Spirit of God. Is that not the pinnacle of man's goals, to fulfill all desires one might have and in that find happiness? At the very least this is what we are told by the 'wisdom of man'. 

Yet in myself (not because it is there naturally, but because the Sovereign God has placed it there) I find a better wisdom. Wisdom far beyond the wisdom of man, for "the foolishness of God is wiser than men" and in it, the power of God. The power of God to save sinners like myself from walking in the lusts of the flesh and the futility of sin. This power is displayed when, walking with Him, I see to the right and to the left former things that my flesh would have me grab hold of and for an instant I am almost fooled into believing these things to be good. Yet the power of God and the wisdom of God has taught me otherwise. 

By His grace, we are able to shut out the world's voice. Our faith does not have to come from the wisdom of men, and indeed it cannot. Instead let it rest in the power of God, who is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, according to the power at work within us. If this is able to save a sinner like me, surely it can save the lowest of men. 

...I'm off to do physics. See you all soon :)

Thursday, March 20, 2008

One Fine Day

Yesterday, Michael and I were able to go up into the hills by La Sierra and finish a project that Aaron was a part of a few months ago. This project was very important to us, but unfortunately we were not able to finish it because it got really dark and we had to go to Jen's b-day party. Mike and I never forgot it, though, so here is what happened yesterday:

If you want to see pics of the first try, I put some up in a previous post. It was the biggest rock that we rolled down the hill :) Mike and I were so proud, we felt like doing victory dances. Instead, we went and had a fattening victory dinner. Good enough. 

Spring break has been very productive. I'm almost done with the book I need to read for Minorities in America, and I'm really enjoying it. The Lord this past week has really been impressing on me the importance of living with intention - as per Dr. Mooney's message last Sunday. It really hit a string with me. Thank God that He pushes us into holiness, allowing our flesh to die and our spirit to live. May the Lord put an end to any dominion my flesh has over me! 

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

School and Such

I decided I needed to include more pictures to make my posts more interesting, so hopefully the pictures will do just that :) I have a lot of fun at school even though it can be stressful, so here's a glimpse of it:

This is a trip to Disneyland where Kim and I found an official Disney hobo. It was incredibly odd to see a homeless looking man sleeping on the bench not because I don't see it a lot but because it was in a park that costs $60 just to get in. After Disney security asked him to refrain from lying down on main street, he left without incidence :)

This is what we do in O Chem lab when we're waiting for something to boil, evaporate, crystallize, etc. Pretty entertaining if you ask me.

This is kinda what we look like when we're actually working :) Here I think we are waiting for our product to crystallize. I think we got a pretty good product (Methyl 3-nitrobenzoate)

In other news, Team S.F. (ask me later if you don't know what that means - probably not a good idea to say that on the internet!) meets for the first time this Thursday to prepare for our trip this summer. I'm excited about meeting regularly, it will give the trip a more formed shape in my mind of what we'll be doing. Even if that isn't accomplished, it will be good to get to know each other more as a team. Check back for more updates on how that is coming along and what we could use prayer for. Hopefully I'll be posting more on how God is preparing me for the trip because He definitely is. Until then, 

Auf Wiedersehen

Thursday, March 6, 2008

Condemned Not to Sin Not

"Has no one condemned you?"
"No one, Lord"
"Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more."

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Meditation on Obedience

"I sought the Lord, and He answered me"

I am always amazed at the reaction of God when I come to him, pleading for mercy, after I have spat in the face of His Son by disobedience. It seems a torturous position for a child of God to be in when obedience is the one thing he longs for and seems to be the one thing that evades him. Could it be that the definition of obedience, rather than obedience herself, has evaded him? Or does he continue as he is treating obedience as perfection, keeping every commandment of God? And if he fails in this endeavor, he is sent away with such a tumult of guilt that no amount of grace can mend the wounds wrought by this cycle of apostasy. 

I am beginning to think that obedience is not synonymous with perfection. And perhaps I am taking far too much liberty in these definitions as I am not a worthy candidate to handle such lofty things and declare my meditations as true. Yet, if not only for my sake, my mind must make sense of these subjects for me to live to God. Could it be that obedience is the understanding that the cohesiveness of both chastity and grace perpetuate a lifestyle that is both humility before God and joy in Him? What I mean to say is that I think obedience is similar to what Romans 4 speaks about as rest:

"Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but trusts him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness"

It is the cohesiveness of both grace and chastity! Our fallen state necessitates grace because of our sin and yet our renewed creation (2 Corinthians 5:17) causes a longing to obey whatever the Father may ask. Our hearts break when we disobey Him  (and rightfully so) but they should never become hopeless if we indeed see that His Spirit bears witness of our son-ship (Romans 8:16). 

God has been gracious to me this morning. He has caused me to remember it was Him who saved me out of sin and this world, and it is Him that will continue to do so: that while I yet fail, He ever intercedes for me. And this truth causes me with great joy to run to Christ, my reward :) 

Sunday, February 17, 2008

What is the Kingdom Like?

"He said therefore, 'What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.' And again he said, 'To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.'" Luke 13:18-21

How happy it makes me to read these verses! I am so often burdened with the weight of missions and evangelism that I sometimes forget we serve a sovereign King who rules every moving branch, every bolt of lightning, and even every car crash, accident, or mishap. Yet, the striving is made no less! In the very next section of verses Jesus commands us to strive to enter by the narrow gate. So, there is rest in His sovereignty and at the same time a call for striving to enter the kingdom. Praise God there is both rest and motivation in his sovereignty and his weighty requirements. Light me aflame with obedient passion, Lord! 
This is my hope: that my striving would somehow aid the kingdom in this growth. That my small, miniscule life on Earth would make a large impact for His glory not so that I can boast but that He may receive glory. May my joy be His glory, His 'advancement', His light. Not money, not fame, not comfort. Oh, to count those as loss compared to knowing my much so that it wouldn't phase me to give everything I have, have ever had, and will ever have so that His name would be proclaimed throughout the Earth. Jesus, let it be so :)
Let freedom reign: the freedom that we have found in Christ! That my flesh is no longer my master, and that I am free to give up everything I have. I am free to sacrifice myself. I am free to obey. And I thank God that this type of obedience cannot bring pride, for if it did it would not be obedience:

"Will any one of you who has a servant plowing or keeping sheep say to him when he has come in from the field, 'Come at once and recline at table'? Will he not rather say to him, 'Prepare supper for me, and dress properly, and serve me while I eat and drink, and afterward you will eat and drink'? Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that you were commanded, say, 'We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty' "

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

God is in the Rain

"God is in the Rain"

Such a nice quote from one of my favorite movies :) Although I think its a simple and easily perverted statement, every time it rains the quote comes to mind and a rush of euphoria fills my entire being. Anyone who knows me knows how much I absolutely love the rain. To be out in it, clothed warmly or not, is a great joy that I enjoy only rarely (horrible Southern California weather). Tonight as I was walking to the caf I couldn't help but wear a huge smile as I walked from my apartment, looking up and seeing the beautiful drops of water falling suddenly out of the black sky and landing unselectively both on me and around me. The sweet smell of fresh, cold water rose through my nostrils and excited my olfactory nerves which in turn caused my heart to race and blood to pump such that I simply stood in appreciation of the miracle of God's wondrous creation. 
His gift of rain immediately brings to mind His gift of love. He pours out His love from Heaven, unrestrained in the amount He gives to His children, and washes them pure by it. Like rain, it cleanses, refreshes, and propagates growth of beautiful things :) I cannot fully explain the reason I enjoy the rain so thoroughly, neither can I explain more about why I have the same reaction when I think on His love. There are, of course, the obvious reasons due to the consequent benefits of His love, but I believe one must personally experience His love to know the joy I am speaking of. For this very reason I get so excited when it rains. I am somehow wrapped in a tangible example of how His grace and love plays out in my life. Rain tingles all my senses and because of its inseparable tie to the idea of grace, this reaction somehow reciprocates when I think of grace :)
Thank you, God, for the rain!

Sunday, January 20, 2008

Praise the Lord

So I've had quite the time over break and over the first few weeks of school. The Lord has done so much in my mind and heart and I 
am confident that this is only the beginning of the glory He's going display. Do you ever just get so satisfied in that you have a marvelous Creator who loves you and pushes you into holiness, righteousness, purity, and love? Sometimes the fire hurts but when we come out more refined than before the joy far outweighs any pain it took to get there :) Praise God.

Aaron making way for Titanic to sink. Although we sunk a few, I guess Titanic was unsinkable that day. But we'll be back, won't we?

Adam and Aaron


    By far the best friend anyone could ever ask for :)

Saturday, January 19, 2008

We Exult in Our Tribulations

I recently read an amazing article by John Piper on exulting in tribulations and hardships. It has everything to do with what I've been learning lately and I thought it was really cool to stumble upon it. Please read it if you have time and I hope it blesses you as it has me:

We Exult in Our Tribulations

Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Passing of Times

Confession: I haven't faithfully "blogged" in what has probably been over a year and I feel that I've, for the most part, forgotten how to do this. Putting one's thoughts together in a concise, understandable, clear, and somewhat artistic way is quite challenging for me and even at my most practiced moment I think much was left to be desired. That said, I think I'm going to start blogging regularly again: to write my thoughts so that they don't forever reside in my mind and cause me to go crazy but also to confess my faults and tell of my hopes, but using the mask of generalities and allusions as to not become far too personal on the internet ;)

Life, especially the past few months, has been very unique. So unique, in fact, I truly cannot think of a word or collection of words that can describe it accurately. But I will continue in this supposing I can. I've learned so much about myself and other people that I almost have wondered how I've been at all able to function socially up to this point. Being truly honest its been a revelation of sorts in how I view God, others, and myself.

25 minutes has passed of me thinking what I could type here that would spur those reading onto holiness and perhaps invoke a smile in meditation of what God has done for us, but the original subject I planned to write about no longer needs exposition. Instead, thank You Father for the grace you have shown me this last year but even more this past month. Oh God, I have seen your faithfulness in my life! No matter what I've gotten myself into or what I've done, my God has been so incredibly faithful to me! Thinking about the past few years, looking at old Xanga posts, and seeing the grace of God cover my life through each and every circumstance makes me feel and know a familiarity with Him that I haven't known again until recently. This past semester was probably one of the hardest both academically and spiritually, but I did have one constant in my life without even realizing it. I so often feel that I must bear the burden on sanctification, holiness, perfection, judgement, wisdom, discernment, truth, etc etc on my back ALONE and become so incredibly overwhelmed that the weight of it causes me to cry out in despair. And if I have been learning one lesson recently it is the lesson of grace.

Rightly, the requirement of perfection (and everything that comes along with it) would be mine alone to bear. If I did not meet it (which I clearly haven't), God would have (and does have!) every right to abandon me and give me to the powers of Hell to be consumed in judgement. This is all my rightful lot. And yet, at my worst point: my most sinful, my most depressing, my most hopeless point, He has revived, renewed, and restored me! Oh, grace upon grace that my heart cannot contain! What a fire He conjures when allowing His children to see how good He is and to taste of the LOVE He pursues His children with, to bear with a sinner like me! Oh that worship would flow from my heart and hands in response to this passion of the Almighty. Oh that my life would line up with His precious Word. And I know that even when it doesn't, the very thing I relied on starting this journey is the thing that carries me through to the end. Namely, love and grace. And it is this grace that causes me to repent when my life "doesn't match up".

One last consequence of this though that the Lord clearly convicted me about was how this grace I've been shown and have experienced relates to how I treat those around me. I know something horrible to be true about myself: I select people who I like and dislike based completely on arbitrary reasonings of my own which brings a whole set of problems but somehow I've been able to take it a step further. If those around me do not behave by the social rules or expectations already accepted or set up, I can apathetically remove said person and move on with my life as if nothing ever happened, no matter how much time was invested in them (or vise versa). This is something I have known for a while but has never quite bugged me until I realized how this behavior cannot be reconciled with the knowledge of the grace of God. I am to empathize, to love, to plead for, etc. my brothers and sisters both when they are walking in righteousness or stumbling in sin. To act as a Christ to them when they need Christ most, that is love! I don't speak of one person in particular, I speak of all that I've somehow removed from my life because their way of life made me uncomfortable. I am not trying to justify sin but merely modify how I react when confronted with it. I must remember the fact that had God not shown me His love and grace, bringing me to my knees in humbleness at this astounding fact that He would pour His own blood to cover me in my rebellion and disgust, I would not be walking with Him today. In short, it is the kindness of God that leads a man to repentance. And it was His kindness that led me.

"As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore."

God, may I bring you glory in my life. Thank You for the grace I will never be able to fully comprehend, and I plead for that grace to be displayed in my life through how I live and how I treat and love others. Thank you for how hard certain things have been, thorns in my side to which you have replied, "My grace is sufficient for you", instead of taking it away completely. For this, God, You are gracious. Give me the faith to trust in You at all times even when the "competing voices" are screaming otherwise. How can any who meet you not come away with awe? To steal Ravenhill (I believe), a man must be mad to say he's met the living God and yet come away unscathed! Your faithfulness has sustained me through more than I thought possible. I love You Lord, help me love You.

"O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will life up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me."