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Lord’s Day 6, 2013


I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”

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I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.

—Philippians 4:11–13

Hymn CXXXI.
Contentment (i). Philippians iv. 11.
imgWilliam Cowper (1731–1800)

Fierce passions discompose the mind,
As tempests vex the sea;
But calm content and peace we find,
When, Lord, we turn to thee.

In vain by reason and by rule,
We try to bend the will;
For none, but in the Saviour’s school,
Can learn the heav’nly skill.

Since at his feet my soul has sat,
His gracious words to hear;
Contented with my present state,
I cast, on him, my care.

“Art thou a sinner, soul? he said,
Then how canst thou complain?
How light thy troubles here, if weighed
With everlasting pain!

If thou of murmuring wouldst be cur’d,
Compare thy griefs with mine;
Think what my love for thee endur’d,
And thou wilt not repine.

’Tis I appoint thy daily lot,
And I do all things well:
Thou soon shalt leave this wretched spot,
And rise with me to dwell.

In life my grace shall strength supply,
Proportion’d to thy day;
At death thou still shalt find me nigh,
To wipe thy tears away.”

Thus I who once my wretched days,
In vain repinings spent;
Taught in my Saviour’s school of grace,
Have learn’d to be content.

Olney Hymns. Book I: On Select Passages of Scripture.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.



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