"A Garden of Righteousness"
By: Susan Sampson, Thistlebend Ministries
Now is the time, now is the season;
For the glory of God, that is the reason.
Now is the time, time to uproot;
The sin in our heart, that we may bear fruit.
Our hearts are dry and crusty ground;
Nothing of beauty is there to be found.
Weeds of selfishness, laziness and pride abound,
Nothing worthy of a crown.
Lord, this is certainly not your vision;
This dry and ugly weed-infested garden.
A well-watered garden is your perfect plan.
The display of your splendor to show all of man.
Father, help me, I can't do this alone;
Look at all of the weeds that have grown.
Please help me break up the ground of my heart.
Yes - the word of God is where to start.
For God's words are the seeds I now must sow;
Yet it is only God who can make things grow.
I must sow the word in my heart and mind;
And meditate on God's law day and night.
I must plant in my heart seeds of righteousness;
The Lord will bring the beautiful harvest.
We will reap the fruit of unfailing love
If we don't grow weary or give up.
Like a well-watered garden our hearts will be;
Like a spring whose water runs so free.
The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life;
Oaks of righteousness for His delight.
So seek first His righteousness and plant those seeds;
Cry out to your Father in true humility.
The reward will be so fragrant and sweet
Beautiful blossoms - love, joy and peace!
Praise be to the One who alone can grow!
Praise be to the Lord -
For the crop He has grown;
A hundred times more than what was sown!