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Lord’s Day 23, 2018

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


It is good for me that I was afflicted,
That I may learn Your statutes.

—Psalm 119:17

Hymn XVII.
Afflictions sanctified by the word.


O How I love thy holy word,
Thy gracious covenant, O Lord!
It guides me in the peaceful way,
I think upon it all the day.

What are the mines of shining wealth,
The strength of youth, the bloom of health!
What are all joys compar’d with those
Thine everlasting word bestows!

Long unafflicted, undismay’d,
In pleasures path secure I stray’d;
Thou mad’st me feel thy chast’ning rod,
And strait I turn’d unto my God.

What tho’ it pierc’d my fainting heart,
I bless thine hand that caus’d the smart;
It taught my tears awhile to flow,
But sav’d me from eternal woe.

O! hadst thou left me unchastis’d,
Thy precept I had still despis’d;
And still the snare in secret laid,
Had my unwary feet betray’d.

I love thee therefore O my God,
And breathe towards thy dear abode;
Where in thy presence fully blest,
Thy chosen saints for ever rest.

—William Cowper, Olney Hymns. Book III: On the Rise, Progress, Changes, and Comforts of the Spiritual Life.

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

Please don’t miss worshiping with your local congregation
if you can possibly help it.
But if you’re in need of a good sermon, try these.

Posted 2018·06·10 by David Kjos
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