Hound of Heaven


painting by Robert Hale Ives Gammell

A poem from the early 20th century holds many truths.

Some do not seek YHVH God.

Others seek Him, and have not found Him yet.

Others found Him, and lost Him.

Others found Him, and went dry.

Others cannot get away from Him !!!!!

People should consider it a blessing if they feel God is pursuing them.

It does not matter whether it is because they are a sinner, and need to repent.

Or if they are a saint, and God wants them to do more for Him.

Excerpt from the poem:

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;

I fled Him, down the arches of the years;

I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways

Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears

I hid from Him, and under running laughter.

Up vistaed hopes I sped;

And shot, precipitated,

Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears,

From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.

But with unhurrying chase,

And unperturbèd pace,

Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,

They beat–and a Voice beat

More instant than the Feet–

"All things betray thee, who betrayest Me."


Rise, clasp My hand, and come!"

Halts by me that footfall;

Is my gloom, after all,

Shade of His hand, outstreched caressingly?

"Ah, fondest, blindest, weakest,

I am He Whom thou seekest!

Thou dravest love from thee, who dravest Me."

Francis Thompson (1859-1907)

What one reference said about the divine chase in the poem.

‘The name is strange. It startles one at first. It is so bold, so new, so fearless. It does not attract, rather the reverse. But when one reads the poem this strangeness disappears. The meaning is understood.

As the hound follows the hare, never ceasing in its running, ever drawing nearer in the chase, with unhurrying and imperturbed pace, so does God follow the fleeing soul by His Divine grace.

And though in sin or in human love, away from God it seeks to hide itself, Divine grace follows after, unwearyingly follows ever after, till the soul feels its pressure forcing it to turn to Him alone in that never ending pursuit.

—The Neumann Press Book of Verse, 1988

The poem in its entirely can be found here:



Is God hounding you?

My advice is to let Him “catch” you.

For the sinner, it will bring deliverance and forgiveness.

For the saint, it will bring an anointing to serve Him more.

For both, it will bring an amazing, incredible opportunity to know Him in a powerful, intimate way.

15 Responses to “Hound of Heaven”

  1. 🙂

  2. Marianne, I don’t know how you come up with the things you do, but thank you! Great poem. There is a part of me, like a deep layer or “coating” that’s been keeping me “down.” Something to do with personal pain from abuse in my life. I think I gave it all to the Lord but realizing lately that I have more.. You are right on with this poem, God has been chasing/persistantly following me to REALLY give it all to Him. Can’t figure out why I still allow these hurts to stay, some are current & that feeds old wounds, I guess.. But I know it’s hindering my personal journey, I feel stuck! I hate it but it’s “sticky” and won’t go! I really do want all the Lord has for me to do..How do we let Him “catch” us?! And how do we know He has?

  3. very beautiful Marianne, you are a Bible intelectual, we need more peoples like you in this planet, keep going and God bless you greatly

  4. Hi Marianne, thanks for sharing that. I’m not sure if it’s a “fall” or tear down a “wall” that is happening. ‘Was hoping I was done with this chapter of my life, guess not! There’s no reason to run, why do we do that? We know our Father wants the best for us…Hope you are doing well.

  5. Hi Lyndsey, thanks for the link on the Kathi Oates/Sid Roth interview. I actually couldn’t get it but found the interview on youtube, if anyone needs to access it that way. There is no doubt that we can leave our “inner child” behind without being aware of it…that part of “self” is not an easy concept to grasp and “take care” of at times but it is crucial to our wholeness.. Thanks!

  6. God doesn’t have wants he only does essentials. Man does wants not God.

    Essentials of the heart .


    • G-d wants man to turn to him. He wnat s man to turn to him so bad, G-d died for mankind. G-d wants a relationship with humans.

      Who are you to state otherwise?

  7. we walk in faith each step of each day, letting go is so easy to say but think of your hands holding on and simply opening up your palms & letting go and letting God take care, we are each precious to our Heavenly Father and He holds us close to His Heart.

  8. This is such a beautiful poem and everyone has very nice and kind thoughts to add 🙂

  9. Oh, Marrianne I have no words. God bless everything you put your hand to do!!

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