The Song of the Dove Rising

I’ve been feeling like I’m being tested lately. The tension of being stretched, pulled and refined is usually not pleasant. The Lord used the following to encourage me — it started with this phrase ‘A Dove on Distant Oaks’.

Psalm 56:11-13 To the tune of “A Dove on Distant Oaks.”
In God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me? I am under vows to You, O God; I will present my thank offerings to You. For you have delivered me from death and my feet from stumbling, that I may walk before God in the light of life.



The Song of the Dove Rising
Karen Holland … 5-1-07

The planting of the LORD
Planted by the water
Living water, flowing, teaming with life.

Oaks standing firm
Roots tested and being made strong
Oaks anchored secure in hope
The hope of Jesus, the anchor of our souls. -Heb 6:19

Do you see these oaks, these plantings of the LORD?
They are being unveiled, coming into view.
Do you see it? Do you hear the sound?
The song of a dove rises from these oaks
Growing stronger day by day.

Righteousness coming into full bloom
As the earth bursts forth with flowers in the spring
As a garden cascades with blossoms
Praise on display exploding before the nations
Let the LORD be glorified!

To comfort all who mourn
To give beauty for ashes
The oil of joy for mourning
And the garment of praise for heaviness.

Do you see it? Do you hear the sound?
The song of a dove rising from these oaks
Planted, tended by the LORD
The song of the dove rising …
… rising …


Keep looking forward, past the stretching, pulling, refining, testing. Forward to the ‘full bloom’ when the Master puts praise on display before the nations!




Isaiah 28:5   In that day the LORD Almighty will be a glorious crown, a beautiful wreath for the remnant of his people.

Isaiah 61:3, 10-11   AMP   To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion–to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit–that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified. 


I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word].

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2 Responses to “The Song of the Dove Rising”

  1. WL Says:

    Hi, cool post. I have been thinking about this issue,so thanks for posting. I will certainly be subscribing to your blog. Keep up great writing

  2. Joyful Tree Bloom | Touching the King! Says:

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