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Topic: Hum (06/06/13)
TITLE: Mesmerized by The Hum
By Damon Gray
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But there is another hum. This hum is easy to miss unless one knows it exists and actively looks for it. The fact that I don't know of the hum, or don't care enough to look for it and acknowledge it, in no way means that the hum is not there. Oh, it's there, and it hums sweetly, seductively in my ear, coaxing me to sleep as a lullaby. It gently strokes and rubs my conscience to the point of numbness, wherein it is desensitized and calloused, "seared as with a hot iron." (1 Timothy 4:2) "Sleep dear child, sleep," coos the hum.
The hum is everywhere. I cannot escape it. Though I try, I cannot hide. It seduces me with the commercials on my television and radio. It lurks on the Internet. It sings the Siren Song to me from racks of literature as I wait in line to purchase groceries. It floats in, out, and around the shops and kiosks at the local mall, drawing my gaze through alluring displays of stunningly airbrushed models promising fleeting pleasures.
The hum. The seductive hum. It calls me by name. It knows my hidden desires, and the darkest chambers of my heart. The hum lies to me. Oh, it lies so well. It promises what it cannot pay. It adorns itself in clothing it does not own. It makes great boasts, yet delivers small packages - packages of misery and emptiness.
Save me Lord Jesus from the hum, from myself, from my weakness, from my ruinous desires. Set my mind and heart aright. Forbid that I should ever bring dishonor or shame to your name. Let your glory shine in my eyes till they are blinded to all but your magnificence, beauty, and majesty. Bathe me in your atoning blood. Draw me daily to the reality of your presence, so that I am awed by you and you only, and repulsed by the emptiness of all else.
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