Lord’s Day 6, 2017
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
But this I say, brethren, the time has been shortened, so that from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none; and those who weep, as though they did not weep; and those who rejoice, as though they did not rejoice; and those who buy, as though they did not possess; and those who use the world, as though they did not make full use of it; for the form of this world is passing away.
—1 Corinthians 7:29–31
CCLXVIII. The transitory nature of the world, an argument for Christian moderation. 1 Cor. vii. 29–31.
Philip Doddridge (1702–1751)
Spring up, my soul, with ardent flight,
Nor let this earth delude thy sight
With glitt’ring trifles, gay and vain:
Wisdom divine directs thy view
To objects ever grand and new,
And faith displays the shining train.
Be dead, my hopes, to all below;
Nor let unbounded torrents flow,
When mourning o’er my wither’d joys:
So this deceitful world is known:
Possess’d, I call it not my own,
Nor glory in its painted toys.
The empty pageant rolls along;
The giddy inexperienc’d throng
Pursue it with enchanted eyes;
It passeth in swift march away,
Still more and more its charms decay,
Till the last gaudy colour dies.
My God, to thee my soul shall turn;
For thee my noblest passions burn,
And drink in bliss from thee alone:
I fix on that unchanging home,
Where never-fading pleasures bloom,
Fresh-springing round thy radiant throne.
—Philip Doddridge, Hymns Founded on Various Texts in the Holy Scriptures (London, 1794).Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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