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Joseph Hall

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That Make a Poor Man Rich

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. —Psalm 127:3–5 I remember a great man coming into my house, at Waltham, and seeing all my children standing in the order of their age and stature, said, “These are they that make rich men poor.” But he straight received this answer, “Nay, my lord, these are they that make a poor man rich; for there is not one of these whom we would part with for all your wealth.” It is easy to observe that none are so gripple and hard fisted as the childless; whereas those, who, for the maintenance of large families, are inured to frequent disbursements, find such experience of Divine providence in the faithful management of their affairs, as that they lay out with more cheerfulness what they receive. Wherein their care must be abated when God takes it off from them to himself; and, if they be not wanting to themselves, their faith gives them ease in casting their burden upon him, who hath more power and more right to it, since our children are more his than our own. He that feedeth the young ravens, can he fail the best of his creatures? —Joseph Hall (1574–1656), cited in The Treasury of David (Passmore and Alabaster, 1883) [read Spurgeon’s commentary on Psalm 127 at].

Lord’s Day 45, 2017

I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. —1 Peter 1:3–5 Anthems for the Cathedral of Exeter Joseph Hall (1574–1656) Leave, O my soul, this baser world below, Oh, leave this doleful dungeon of woe; And soar aloft to that supernal rest, That makes all the saints and angels blest. Lo, there the Godhead’s radiant throne, Like to ten thousand suns in one! Lo, there thy Savior dear in glory dight, Adored of all the powers of heavens bright; Lo, where that head, that bled with thorny wound, Shines ever with celestial honor crowned; That hand, that held the scornful reed, Makes all the fiends infernal dread. That back and side, that ran with bloody streams, Daunt angels’ eyes with their majestic beams; Those feet, once fastened to the cursed tree, Trample on death and hell, in glorious glee, Those lips, once drenched with gall, do make With their dread doom the world to quake.Behold those joys thou never canst behold, Those precious gates of pearl, those streets of gold, Those streams of life, those trees of paradise, That never can be seen by mortal eyes; And when thou seest this state divine, Think that it is or shall be thine. See there the happy troops of purest sprights, That live above in endless true delights; And see where once thyself shall ranged be, And look and long for immortality; And now, beforehand, help to sing Hallelujahs to heaven’s King. —Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004). 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. Tweets about "sermon from:thethirstytheo" !function(d,s,id){var js,fjs=d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0],p=/^http:/.test(d.location)?'http':'https';if(!d.getElementById(id)){js=d.createElement(s);;js.src=p+"://";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");


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