My Heart, God's Home

I will walk among you, and will be your God, and you shall be my people.

Leviticus 26:12
This is my Father’s world, and to my listening ears 
all nature sings, and round me rings the music of the spheres. 
This is my Father’s world: I rest me in the thought 
of rocks and trees, of skies and seas; his hand the wonders wrought. 

This is my Father’s world, the birds their carols raise, 
the morning light, the lily white, declare their Maker’s praise. 
This is my Father’s world: he shines in all that’s fair; 
in the rustling grass I hear him pass; he speaks to me everywhere. 

This is my Father’s world. O let me ne’er forget 
that though the wrong seems oft so strong, God is the ruler yet. 
This is my Father’s world: the battle is not done: 
Jesus who died shall be satisfied, and earth and heaven be one. 

This is my Father’s world, dreaming, I see his face. 
I ope my eyes, and in glad surprise cry, The Lord is in this place! 
This is my Father’s world, from the shining courts above, 
the Beloved One, his only Son, came—a pledge of deathless love. 

This is my Father’s world, why should my heart be sad? 
The lord is King—let the heavens ring. God reigns—let the earth be glad. 
This is my Father’s world. Now closer to Heaven bound, 
for dear to God is the earth Christ trod. No place but is holy ground. 

This is my Father’s world. I walk a desert lone. 
In a bush ablaze to my wondering gaze God makes his glory known. 
This is my Father’s world, a wanderer I may roam; 
whate’er my lot, it matters not, my heart is still God's home.
 Maltbie Babcock

Our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son Jesus Christ. We are writing these things so that our joy may be complete.
 1 John 1:3-4
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
I thank you, Father, that the world I inhabit belongs to you; that there is nowhere I can look or even imagine that is not within your care. Whether at home or away from home, help me to know your presence within and around me.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.

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