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Lord’s Day 23, 2008


I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1)

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Election

Holy Trinity,

All praise to thee for electing me
to salvation,
by foreknowledge of God the Father,
through sanctification of the Spirit,
unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood
of Jesus;

I adore the wonders of thy condescending love,
marvel at the true believer’s high privilege
within whom all heaven comes to dwell,
abiding in God and God in him;

I believe it, help me experience it to the full.

Continue to teach me that Christ’s righteousness
satisfies justice and evidences thy love;

Help me to make use of it by faith as the ground
of my peace
and thy favour and acceptance,
so that I may live always near the cross.

It is not feeling the Spirit that proves
my saved state but the truth of what
Christ did perfectly for me;

All holiness in him by faith made mine.
as if I had done it;

Therefore I see the use of his righteousness,
for satisfaction to divine justice and making
me righteous.

It is not inner sensation that makes Christ’s death
mine
for that may be delusion, being without the Word,
but hes death apprehended by my faith,
and so testified by Word and Spirit.

I bless thee for these lively exercises of faith,
for the righteousness that is mine in Jesus,
for grace to resign my will to thee;

I rejoice to think that all things are at thy disposal,
and I love to leave them there.

Then prayer turns wholly into praise,
and all I can do is to adore and love thee.

I want not the favour of man to lean upon,
for I know that thy electing grace
is infinitely better.

 The Valley of Vision, Arthur Bennett, editor (Banner of Truth Trust, 2002).

Psalme 74 (Geneva Bible)
A Psalme to give instruction, committed to Asaph.

1 O God, why hast thou put vs away for euer? why is thy wrath kindled against the sheepe of thy pasture?
2 Thinke vpon thy Congregation, which thou hast possessed of olde, and on the rod of thine inheritance, which thou hast redeemed, and on this mount Zion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
3 Lift vp thy strokes, that thou mayest for euer destroy euery enemie that doeth euill to the Sanctuarie.
4 Thine aduersaries roare in the middes of thy Congregation, and set vp their banners for signes.
5 He that lifted the axes vpon the thicke trees, was renowmed, as one, that brought a thing to perfection:
6 But nowe they breake downe the carued worke thereof with axes and hammers.
7 They haue cast thy Sanctuarie into the fire, and rased it to the grounde, and haue defiled the dwelling place of thy Name.
8 They saide in their hearts, Let vs destroy them altogether: they haue burnt all the Synagogues of God in the land.
9 We see not our signes: there is not one Prophet more, nor any with vs that knoweth howe long.
10 O God, howe long shall the aduersarie reproche thee? shall the enemie blaspheme thy Name for euer?
11 Why withdrawest thou thine hand, euen thy right hand? drawe it out of thy bosome, and consume them.
12 Euen God is my King of olde, working saluation in the middes of the earth.
13 Thou didest deuide the sea by thy power: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
14 Thou brakest the head of Liuiathan in pieces, and gauest him to be meate for the people in wildernesse.
15 Thou brakest vp the fountaine and riuer: thou dryedst vp mightie riuers.
16 The day is thine, and the night is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sunne.
17 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
18 Remember this, that the enemie hath reproched the Lord, and the foolish people hath blasphemed thy Name.
19 Giue not the soule of thy turtle doue vnto the beast, and forget not the Congregation of thy poore for euer.
20 Consider thy couenant: for the darke places of the earth are full of the habitations of the cruell.
21 Oh let not the oppressed returne ashamed, but let the poore and needie prayse thy Name.
22 Arise, O God: mainteine thine owne cause: remember thy dayly reproche by the foolish man.
23 Forget not the voyce of thine enemies: for the tumult of them, that rise against thee, ascendeth continually.

Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.



Posted 2008·06·08 by David Kjos
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