Lord’s Day 9, 2017
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and slammed against that house; and yet it did not fall, for it had been founded on the rock.
John Newton (1726–1807)
Tho’ small the drops of falling rain,
If one be singly view’d;
Collected, they o’erspread the plain,
And form a mighty flood.
The house it meets with in its course,
Should not he built on clay;
Lest, with a wild resistless force,
It sweep the whole away.
Tho’ for awhile it seem’d secure,
It will not bear the shock;
Unless it has foundations sure,
And stands upon a rock.
Thus sinners think their evil deeds,
Like drops of rain, are small;
But it the pow’r of tho’t exceeds,
To count the sum of all.
One sin can raise, tho’ small it seems,
A flood to drown the soul;
What then, when countless million streams
Shall join, to swell the whole.
Yet, while they think the weather fair,
If warn’d, they smile or frown;
But they will tremble and despair,
When the fierce flood comes down!
O! then on Jesus ground your hope,
That stone in Zion laid;
Lest your poor building quickly drop,
With ruin, on your head.
—Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects.
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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if you can possibly help it.
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