Listening (Artful Devotion)

I'm Listening by Ginger Slonaker
Ginger Slonaker (American), I’m Listening, 2009. Mixed media on paper, 7 × 6 in.

. . . if he calls you, you shall say, “Speak, LORD, for your servant is listening.” . . . (1 Samuel 3:9)

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SONG: “Reverently, Quietly” | Words and music by Clara W. McMaster, 1959 | Arranged for solo piano and performed by Paul Cardall, on Primary Worship, 2005

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Lord, teach me to listen. The times are noisy and my ears are weary with the thousand raucous sounds which continuously assault them. Give me the spirit of the boy Samuel when he said to Thee, “Speak, for thy servant heareth.” Let me hear Thee speaking in my heart. Let me get used to the sound of Thy voice, that its tones may be familiar when the sounds of earth die away and the only sound will be the music of Thy speaking voice. Amen.

—A. W. Tozer, from The Pursuit of God


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Turn My Eyes (Artful Devotion)

Christ Pantocrator icon (17th century)
Christ Pantocrator, Russia, ca. 1680. Tempera on wood, 12 × 11 in. Museum of Russian Icons, Clinton, Massachusetts.

Turn my eyes from looking at vanities;
give me life in your ways.

—Psalm 119:37

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SONG: “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel (1922) | Performed by the Banner Days, on Hand Me a Hymnal (2015)

 

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O Lord, I have heard a good word inviting me to look away to Thee and be satisfied. My heart longs to respond, but sin has clouded my vision till I see Thee but dimly. Be pleased to cleanse me in Thine own precious blood, and make me inwardly pure, so that I may with unveiled eyes gaze upon Thee all the days of my earthly pilgrimage. Then shall I be prepared to behold Thee in full splendor in that day when Thou shalt appear to be glorified in Thy saints and admired in all them that believe. Amen.

—A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God


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