Tuesday, July 13, 2010

"Like a child at home"

The final verse of Isaac Watts' paraphrase of Psalm 23, "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need":
The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
O may Thy house be my abode,
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest,
While others go and come;
No more a stranger, nor a guest,
But like a child at home.
That last phrase perfectly describes the security and safety I expect to feel in Heaven — and has the same resonance, I'm sure, for anyone who grew up in a good home. "My Shepherd Will Supply My Need" reaches the number 1 spot on the First Things blog entry "Are These the Ten Best Hymns of All Time?"
.... All along, our plan was to follow the ten worst with the ten best. So now, after much consideration (and a bit of solitary suffering, here and there, among our staffers; it does hurt, after all, to have one’s personal favorite hymn crossed off the list), we present, with musical links, what may be the ten best hymns of all time. .... [the list]
I like their choices. If you missed the "Ten Worst" list, it is here.

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