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Lord’s Day 35, 2018


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

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Since I am afflicted and needy,
Let the Lord be mindful of me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
Do not delay, O my God.

—Psalm 40:17

Hymn XIX.
Looking upwards in a storm.

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God of my life, to thee I call,
Afflicted at thy feet I fall;
When the great water–floods prevail,
Leave not my trembling heart to fail!

Friend of the friendless, and the saint!
Where should I lodge my deep complaint?
Where but with thee, whose open door,
Invites the helpless and the poor!

Did ever mourner plead with thee,
And thou refuse that mourner’s plea?
Does not the word still fix’d remain,
That none shall seek thy face in vain?

That were a grief I could not bear,
Didst thou not hear and answer pray’r;
But a pray’r-hearing, answ’ring God,
Supports me under ev’ry load.

Fair is the lot that’s cast for me!
I have an advocate with thee;
They whom the world caresses most,
Have no such privilege to boast.

Poor tho’ I am, despis’d, forgot,
Yet God, my God, forgets me not;
And he is safe and must succeed,
For whom the Lord vouchsafes to plead.

—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.


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Posted 2018·09·02 by David Kjos
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