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William Cowper

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“They can read the comics every day”

Thursday··2007·08·16 · 3 Comments
John Piper on pulpit frivolity: The fruit of William Cowper’s affliction is a call to free ourselves from trite and chipper worship. If the Christian life has become the path of ease and fun in the modern West, then corporate worship is the place of increasing entertainment. The problem is not a battle between contemporary worship music and hymns; the problem is that there aren’t enough martyrs during the week. If no solders are perishing, what you want on a Sunday is Bob Hope and some pretty girls, not the army chaplain and a surgeon. Cowper was sick. But in his sickness he saw things that we so desperately need to see. He saw hell. And sometimes he saw heaven. He knew terror. And sometimes he knew ecstasy. When I stand to welcome the people to worship on Sunday morning, I know that there are William Cowpers in the congregation. There are spouses who can barely talk. There are sullen teenagers living double lives at home and school. There are widows who still feel the amputation of a fifty-year partner. There are single people who have not been hugged for twenty years. There are men in the prime of their lives with cancer. There are moms who have risked all for Jesus and bear the scars. There are tired and discouraged and lonely struggles. Shall we come to them with a joke? They can read the comics every day. What they need from me is not more bouncy, frisky smiles and stories. What they need is a kind of a joyful earnestness that makes the broken heart feel hopeful and helps the ones who are drunk with trifles sober up for greater joys. —John Piper, The Hidden Smile of God (Crossway, 2001), 167.

Lords Day 4, 2009

Sunday··2009·01·25
I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1) HYMN XIV JEHOVAHROPHI, I am the Lord that healeth thee. Ex. xv. by William Cowper (17311800) HEAL us, Emmanuel, here we are, Waiting to feel thy touch; Deep wounded souls to thee repair, And, Savior we are such. Our faith is feeble we confess,    We faintly trust thy word; But wilt thou pity us the less?    Be that far from thee, Lord! Remember him who once applyd    With trembling for relief; Lord, I believe, with tears he cryd,    help my unbelief. She too, who touchd thee in the press,    And healing virtue stole; Was answerd, Daughter, go in peace,    Thy faith hath made thee whole. Conceald amid the gathring throng,    She would have shunnd thy view; And if her faith was firm and strong,    Had strong misgivings too. Like her, with hopes and fears, we come,    To touch thee if we may; O! send us not despairing home,    Send none unheald away. from Olney Hymns. Book I: On select Passages of Scripture. Psalme 119:2532 (Geneva Bible) Daleth. 25 My soule cleaueth to the dust: quicken me according to thy worde. 26 I haue declared my waies, and thou heardest me: teache me thy statutes. 27 Make me to vnderstand ye way of thy precepts, and I will meditate in thy wondrous workes. 28 My soule melteth for heauinesse: raise mee vp according vnto thy worde. 29 Take from mee the way of lying, and graunt me graciously thy Lawe. 30 I haue chosen the way of trueth, and thy iudgements haue I laied before me. 31 I haue cleaued to thy testimonies, O Lord: confound me not. 32 I will runne the way of thy commandements, when thou shalt enlarge mine heart. Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lords Day 22, 2009

Sunday··2009·05·31
I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1) HYMN XVII JEHOVAH-NISSI, The Lord my banner. Ex. xvii. 15. by William Cowper (17311800) BY whom was David taught, To aim the dreadful blow, When he Goliath fought,    And laid the Gittite low? No sword nor spear the stripling took, But chose a pebble from the brook.    Twas Israels God and king,       Who sent him to the fight;    Who gave him strength to fling,       And skill to aim aright. Ye feeble saints your strength endures, Because young Davids Gods is yours.    Who ordered Gideon forth,       To storm th invaders camp,    With arms of little worth,       A pitcher and a lamp? The trumpets made his coming known, And all the host was overthrown.    Oh! I have seen the day,       When with a single word,    God helping me to say,       My trust is in the Lord; My soul has quelld a thousand foes, Fearless of all that could oppose.    But unbelief, selfwill,       Selfrighteousness and pride,    How often do they steal       My weapon from my side? Yet Davids Lord, and Gideons friend, Will help his servant to the end. —from Olney Hymns. Book I: On select Passages of Scripture. Psalme 119:169176 (Geneva Bible) Tav. 169 Let my complaint come before thee, O Lord, and giue me vnderstanding, according vnto thy worde. 170 Let my supplication come before thee, and deliuer me according to thy promise. 171 My lippes shall speake praise, when thou hast taught me thy statutes. 172 My tongue shall intreate of thy word: for all thy commandements are righteous. 173 Let thine hand helpe me: for I haue chosen thy precepts. 174 I haue longed for thy saluation, O Lord, and thy Lawe is my delite. 175 Let my soule liue, and it shall praise thee, and thy iudgements shall helpe me. 176 I haue gone astraye like a lost sheepe: seeke thy seruant, for I doe not forget thy commandements. Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Lords Day 51, 2009

Sunday··2009·12·20
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. HYMN XXII. Jehovah-Shalem, The Lord send peace.    Judges vi. 24. by William Cowper (17311800) Jesus, whose blood so freely streamd To satisfy the laws demand; By thee from guilt and wrath redeemd, Before the Fathers face I stand. To reconcile offending man, Make Justice drop her angry rod; What creature could have formd the plan, Or who fulfil it but a God? No drop remains of all the curse; For wretches who deservd the whole; No arrows dipt in wrath to pierce The guilty, but returning soul. Peace by such means so dearly bought, What rebel could have hopd to see? Peace, by his injurd sovereign wrought, His Sovreign fastened to the tree. Now, Lord, thy feeble worm prepare! For strife with earth and hell begins; Confirm and gird me for the war, They hate the soul that hates his sins. Let them in horrid league agree! They may assault, they may distress; But cannot quench thy love to me, Nor rob me of the Lord my peace. —from Olney Hymns. Book I: On select Passages of Scripture. John 6:4151Therefore the Jews were grumbling about Him, because He said, I am the bread that came down out of heaven. 42 They were saying, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How does He now say, I have come down out of heaven? 43 Jesus answered and said to them, Do not grumble among yourselves. 44 No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him; and I will raise him up on the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall all be taught of God. Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father, comes to Me. 46 Not that anyone has seen the Father, except the One who is from God; He has seen the Father. 47 Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes has eternal life. 48 I am the bread of life. 49 Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. 50 This is the bread which comes down out of heaven, so that one may eat of it and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of heaven; if anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever; and the bread also which I will give for the life of the world is My flesh. Truths of the weightiest importance follow each other in rapid succession in the chapter we are now reading. There are probably very few parts of the Bible which contain so many deep things as the Sixth Chapter of St. John. Of this the passage before as is a signal example. We learn, for one thing, from this passage, that Christs lowly condition, when He was upon earth, is a stumbling-block to the natural man. We read that the Jews murmured, because Jesus said, I am the bread that came down from heaven. And they said, Is not this Jesus, the son of Joseph, whose father and mother we know? How is it then that he saith, I came down from heaven?Had our Lord come as a conquering king, with wealth and honours to bestow on His followers, and mighty armies in His train, they would have been willing enough to receive Him. But a poor, and lowly, and suffering Messiah was an offence to them. Their pride refused to believe that such an one was sent from God. There is nothing that need surprise us in this. It is human nature showing itself in its true colors. We see the same thing in the days of the Apostles. Christ crucified was to the Jews a stumbling-block, and to the Greeks foolishness. (1 Cor. i. 23.) The cross was an offence to many wherever the Gospel was preached.We may see the same thing in our own times. There are thousands around us who loathe the distinctive doctrines of the Gospel on account of their humbling character. They cannot away with the atonement, and the sacrifice, and the substitution of Christ. His moral teaching they approve. His example and self-denial they admire. But speak to them of Christs blood,of Christ being made sin for us,of Christs death being the corner-stone of our hope,of Christs poverty being our riches,and you will find they hate these things with a deadly hatred. Truly the offence of the cross is not yet ceased! We learn, for another thing, from this passage, mans natural helplessness and inability to repent or believe. We find our Lord saying,No man can come unto me, except the Father which hath sent me draws him. Until the Father draws the heart of man by His grace, man will not believe. The solemn truth contained in these words is one that needs careful weighing. It is vain to deny that without the grace of God no one ever can become a true Christian. We are spiritually dead, and have no power to give ourselves life. We need a new principle put in us from above. Facts prove it. Preachers see it. The Tenth Article of our own Church expressly declares it,The condition of man after the fall of Adam is such that he cannot turn and prepare himself, by his own natural strength and good works, to faith and calling upon God. This witness is true. But after all, of what does this inability of man consist? In what part of our inward nature does this impotence reside? Here is a point on which many mistakes arise. Forever let us remember that the will of man is the part of him which is in fault. His inability is not physical, but moral. It would not be true to say that a man has a real wish and desire to come to Christ, but no power to come. It would be far more true to say that a man has no power to come because he has no desire or wish.It is not true that he would come if he could. It is true that he could come if he would.The corrupt will,the secret disinclination,the lack of heart, are the real causes of unbelief. It is here the mischief lies. The power that we want is a new will. It is precisely at this point that we need the drawing of the Father. These things, no doubt, are deep and mysterious. By truths like these God proves the faith and patience of His people. Can they believe Him? Can they wait for a fuller explanation at the last day? What they see not now they shall see hereafter. One thing at any rate is abundantly clear, and that is, mans responsibility for his own soul. His inability to come to Christ does not make an end of his accountableness. Both things are equally true. If lost at last, it will prove to have been his own fault. His blood will be on his own head. Christ would have saved him, but he would not be saved. He would not come to Christ, that he might have life. We learn, lastly, in this passage, that the salvation of a believer is a present thing. Our Lord Jesus Christ says,Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth on me hath everlasting life. Life, we should observe, is a present possession. It is not said that he shall have it at last, in the judgment day. It is now, even now, in this world, his property. He hath it the very day that he believes. The subject is one which it much concerns our peace to understand, and one about which errors abound. How many seem to think that forgiveness and acceptance with God are things which we cannot attain in this life,that they are things which are to be earned by a long course of repentance and faith and holiness,things which we may receive at the bar of God at last, but must never pretend to touch while we are in this world! It is a complete mistake to think so. The very moment a sinner believes on Christ he is justified and accepted. There is no condemnation for him. He has peace with God, and that immediately and without delay. His name is in the book of life, however little he may be aware of it. He has a title to heaven, which death and hell and Satan can not overthrow. Happy are those who know this truth! It is an essential part of the good news of the Gospel. After all, the great point we have to consider is whether we believe. What shall it profit us that Christ has died for sinners, if we do not believe on Him? He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him. (John iii. 36.) J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels (Banner of Truth, 2012), 3:379382. 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. 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Lords Day 31, 2011

Sunday··2011·07·31
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. Hymn LVIII. O Lord, I will praise thee! Isaiah xii. William Cowper (17311800) I will praise thee every day Now thine angers turned away! Comfortable thoughts arise From the bleeding sacrifice. Here in the fair gospel field, Wells of free salvation yield Streams of life, a plenteous store, And my soul shall thirst no more. Jesus is become at length My salvation and my strength; And his praises shall prolong, While I live, my pleasant song. Praise ye, then, his glorious name, Publish his exalted fame! Still his worth your praise exceeds, Excellent are all his deeds. Raise again the joyful sound, Let the nations roll it round! Zion shout, for this is he, God the Savior dwells in thee. Olney Hymns. Book I: On select Passages of Scripture. 6 just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works: 7 Blessed are those whose lawless deeds have been forgiven, And whose sins have been covered. 8 Blessed is the man whose sin the Lord will not take into account. Romans 4 The apostle asks, How was Abraham justified? He answers, By believing. Then he asks, How was David justified? And he answers, By believing. In both cases by the righteousness of God; a righteousness without works; a righteousness without law and yet a righteousness witnessed by the law and the prophets; a righteousness in accordance with all true law and government; a righteousness for the unrighteous. Again, the apostle raises the question, What makes a blessed man? And he refers to Davids announcement respecting blessedness, and its cause or root. The blessed man is the man to whom God imputeth righteousness without works. To a sinner this is absolutely essential; it is a sine qua non, indispensable. There can be no blessedness in any other way. After the imputation has taken place, there are innumerable sources of blessedness, all pouring in their joy and peace; but this is the beginning. No blessedness without this divine reckoning of righteousness; but with this a mans blessedness commences. Heaven is begun within him, the heaven that David tasted, and which he so often speaks of: in His favor is life. (Psalm 3:5.) There is, then, blessedness on earth, even to a sinner,true blessedness,that which God calls by that name. In spite of weariness, sorrow, conflict, cares, fears, burdens, there is such a thing as blessedness. And this blessedness God freely presents to each unblessed, sorrowful, burdened son of Adam, without money and without price. The apostle, in quoting the words of David, thus prefaces and interprets them: David describeth the blessedness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works. Righteousness without works was that which David enjoyed. He obtained righteousness without working for it at all; righteousness by simply taking it from another, and using it as if it were his own. We must have a righteousness, else we cannot stand before God; we cannot have a religion. God must deal with us, and we must deal with God, on the footing of righteousness; not simply of grace; for He is the righteous as well as the gracious God. When we go to Him we must do so with a righteousness in our hand, either our own or anothers. Our transactions with God must all be of this nature. They must be righteous transactions; dealings between a righteous God and men who are, at the same moment, in His eye, both righteous and unrighteous, and therefore needing both grace and righteousness. A personal righteousness on our part is an impossibility. We cannot work for it; and we cannot get it by working. In going to God we must begin, not encl with righteousness; so that we must have it before we can please God or do any good thing; in other words, it must be free, and it must come to us at once, and it must satisfy both God and our own conscience. Only the righteousness of another can do this; righteousness without works; righteousness which does not depend on our doing, or feeling, or praying, or repenting, but which comes to us at once from God, as the root and fountainhead of all working, and goodness, and holiness on our part. The prodigal did not work for the best robe, but got it all ready-made from his fathers hands; Joseph did not work for his coat of many colors, but received it as the gift of his fathers love; Adam did not work for the skins with which the Lord God clothed him: so is it with the sinner in his approaches to God, and in Gods approaches to him. Righteousness without works is given him; nay, put upon him as a raiment, a divine raiment, to fit him for drawing near to God. There are three things noted here as making up this blessedness, and indispensable to its existence: I. Iniquities are forgiven. It is transgression in the original Psalm. This is one kind of sin, and generally denotes the worst. There is then transgression or iniquity; but it is forgiven (or borne, as the word means); for there is forgiveness with God, that He may be feared; a complete, free, divine forgiveness; such as God delights to give, and the sinner to receive. He forgiveth all our iniquities; He forgives without reserve, or stint, or uncertainty. He removes our iniquities from us as far as east is from the west. He retains not one; He blots out all. II. Sins are covered. There is, and there has been, sin; but it is no longer visible; it is buried; it is covered; it is put out of sight, as if God himself no longer saw it. It is God who covers, not man; He covers by means of the blood of atonement; He covers by burying it in the grave of Christ. Thus our sins are completely covered, hidden, forgiven. They are first borne, and then buried. Could any words more completely express forgiveness? III. Sin is not imputed. There are three words in this passage expressive of sin, as in Gods first full announcement of Himself as the great forgiver (Exodus 34:6.); transgression, iniquity, sin; meaning every kind and form of sin. And there are three words used in reference to the putting away of sin,forgiving (bearing), covering, not imputing. This last,the non-imputation,is said specially to be Jehovahs doing. This non-imputation is without works; it is free; it is divine; it is perfect; it is sure; it comes as the consequence of believing. Thus there are three foundation stones laid for the sinners blessedness; each of them ample; all of them together fully sufficient. On these he must rest. Without these he can have no joy. His belief of Gods testimony to these is that which connects him with this threefold foundation, and with the blessedness. He believes, and becomes a blessed man. The grace or free love of God, contained in these three things, is that which pours blessedness into his soul. The Psalmist adds, and in whose spirit there is no guile. Forgiveness makes him a guileless man; it takes away all temptation to speak or act untruly and deceitfully with God, or with man, or with himself. He becomes an Israelite indeed. Pardon has made him such. Being fully forgiven, he has no longer any motive to conceal the very worst of himself. Gods forgiveness frank and ample has superseded the necessity of any palliation or excuse; has delivered him from the temptation to make the best of his case and of himself. He thinks, feels, acts, speaks honestly. He confesses sin, and he finds God faithful and just to forgive his sins. 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Lord���s Day 16, 2012

Sunday··2012·04·15
I was glad when they said to me, ���Let us go to the house of the Lord.��� Hymn LXVII. Jehovah our righteousness. Jeremiah xxiii. 6. William Cowper (1731���1800) My God! how perfect are thy ways! But mine polluted are; Sin twines itself about my praise, And slides into my prayer. When I would speak what thou hast done To save me from my sin; I cannot make thy mercies known But self���applause creeps in. Divine desire, that holy flame Thy grace creates in me; Alas! impatience is its name, When it returns to thee. This heart, a fountain of vile thoughts, How does it overflow? While self upon the surface floats Still bubbling from below. Let others in the gaudy dress Of fancied merit shine; The Lord shall be my righteousness The Lord for ever mine. ���Olney Hymns. Book I: On Select Passages of Scripture. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ���s at His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death. 27 For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, ���All things are put in subjection,��� it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all. ���1 Corinthians 15 The Advent, The Resurrection, And The Glory. It is of resurrection that this whole chapter speaks. It begins with the risen Christ, and it ends with the risen church: ���Christ the first fruits, afterwards they that are Christ���s at His coming.��� ���Pre-eminence��� in all things belongs to Him; conformity to Him in that preeminence belongs to his saints: ���We are a kind of first fruits of His creatures��� (James 1:18). Resurrection, then, is our hope. Not merely a happy immortality for the soul; but resurrection,���the ���redemption of our body��� (Romans 8:23). The cross has purchased resurrection for us; so that our ���flesh rests in hope.��� The Lord���s coming, not death, is our terminus or goal; for death is our enemy, Christ is our friend; death is loss, resurrection is gain. Christ is risen! This is the announcement of the fact on which our faith rests. A risen Christ is our Redeemer. It is to the fullness of a risen Christ that we go in our emptiness and sin. A risen Christ is the sum of our gospel, good news to the dead in sin. We shall arise! This is the sure word of prophecy on which our hope rests. Our vile bodies shall be changed. This corruptible shall put on incorruption. But, says our passage, ���every one in his own order��� (rank, or troop, a military expression); Christ the Captain, and each troop or regiment marching after their Captain; Christ the first-fruits, and then a long interval, already eighteen hundred years, and then they who are Christ���s at His coming. Then after another interval, during which He is putting down all enemies, and consummating the kingdom, He shall present that kingdom to the Father in its perfection, having had all His enemies put under His feet. Of these enemies the last is death; and death shall then be swallowed up in this glorious victory of the great Captain, our risen Lord. For it is He who has overcome; and having overcome, points us to victory over the world and death. The first interval is the period from Christ���s resurrection to His second coming. The second interval is His millennial reign, during which He brings all things into subjection. At the close of this reign, He presents the perfected kingdom to the Father, just as He presents to Himself the church without spot or wrinkle. All enemies shall be put under Him, and the victory which completes the whole will be that over death, the last enemy. Yet even then, when the Son shall have reached the highest point of dominion and glory, even then he shall retain that subjection to the Father which, as God-man, He exhibited on earth, as when He said, ���My Father is greater than I,��� while also saying, ���I and my Father are one.��� Thus the Son of God is not divested of His royalty, but rather confirmed in it; He does not put off His crown when He presents the kingdom to the Father, but wears it for ever, as King of the universe, King of kings through all eternity; and yet while wearing it, making more fully manifest than ever has been done hitherto, that God is all in all. The completion of the work of Christ in the perfected kingdom hereafter, will be the full and glorious exhibition of Godhead to the universe. The man Christ Jesus as head over all things in heaven and in earth, instead of obscuring, will illustrate Godhead glory. He will be the eternal Mediator, the eternal channel of communication between Creator and creature, the everlasting link between heaven and earth, the security to redeemed creation that it shall never again fall or come under the curse, and the security to Godhead that the divine glory shall never again be eclipsed by sin or evil of any kind whatever. Looking over this passage, we gather out of it such truths as the following: I. Christ���s resurrection. The apostle throughout the chapter lays great stress on this. Christ���s death was not the completion of the good news. The cross was not the whole of that gospel which was preached by the apostles. He rose again! With this message the apostles went forth to Jew and Gentile. This was the summing up of the glad tidings; it was the filling up of the revelation of God���s free love. II. The resurrection of His saints. He took them up to His cross with Him; He took them down to His grave with Him; and He brought them up again along with Himself. His resurrection was virtually theirs, though separated by an interval of time. They shall arise, because He arose. It is to this that we look forward; not to death and the grave; but beyond these, to resurrection. We shall arise; this is our hope. Each particle of precious dust shall come up again and take on glory. This corruptible shall put on incorruption. This vile body shall be changed. III. The Lord���s coming. ���They that are Christ���s at His coming.��� He shall come again; that same Jesus who departed. To this very earth He shall come. He shall come for His own. He shall come as the Resurrection and the Life; He shall come as the last Adam, the quickening Spirit; He shall come in His glory; He shall come to make all things new. IV. The kingdom. He comes not only to raise His saints, but also to destroy His enemies. He comes with the iron rod to break kings in pieces as a potter���s vessel; to smite Antichrist; to avenge the blood of saints; to have all things put under His feet; to take and wear the crown; to perfect the kingdom. V. The death of death. This is the last of His enemies. It was the first (next to Satan), and has devoured the bodies of His saints for thousands of years; it has come, as the king of terrors, to each son of Adam. And He reserves its destruction to the last. He holds it up to view as His great enemy, and then, along with the grave, casts it into the lake of fire. VI. The glory of the Son. This millennial reign, of which the apostle speaks, is the day of His glory. He has been glorified in heaven; He shall then be glorified on earth,���glorified in His saints, and admired in all them that believe. To Him every knee shall bow, and every tongue confess. VII. The glory of Godhead. ���That God may be all in all.��� How this is to be, we know not. But it is to be in connection with Christ, the King, and His perfected kingdom; in connection with His work, and reign, and glory. It is through Him that God shall be glorified as ���all in all.��� Man of God, Is your eye on these things? Does the prospect gladden and influence you? Are you of one mind with God in regard to them; adopting His views, falling in with His plans, and recognizing His purpose, both in regard to the present and the future of our world? Or are you carried away with human ideas of ���progress,��� self-regeneration, and self-enlightenment; dazzled with theories of ���advanced politics��� and ���developed liberalism,��� from which all reference to the glory of Christ has been eliminated; won over into admiration of man���s intellect, or philosophy, or statesmanship, as if these would suffice for the counteraction of Satan���s subleties, or the repression of human sin,���as if by these, earth���s rebel kingdoms could be rightly ruled, without the Bible, and without that ���Spirit of counsel and of might��� (Isaiah 11:2), who alone can give wisdom for righteous legislation and holy government. ���Horatius Bonar, Light & Truth: Bible Thoughts & Themes 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. 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Lords Day 23, 2012

Sunday··2012·06·03
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. 16 Thus says the Lord, Restrain your voice from weeping And your eyes from tears; For your work will be rewarded, declares the Lord, And they will return from the land of the enemy. 17 There is hope for your future, declares the Lord, And your children will return to their own territory. 18 I have surely heard Ephraim grieving, You have chastised me, and I was chastised, Like an untrained calf; Bring me back that I may be restored, For You are the Lord my God. 19 For after I turned back, I repented; And after I was instructed, I smote on my thigh; I was ashamed and also humiliated Because I bore the reproach of my youth. 20 Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a delightful child? Indeed, as often as I have spoken against him, I certainly still remember him; Therefore My heart yearns for him; I will surely have mercy on him, declares the Lord. Jeremiah 31 Hymn LXVIII. Ephraim repenting. Jeremiah xxxi. 1820. William Cowper (17311800) My God! till I receivd thy stroke, How like a beast was I! So unaccustomd to the yoke, So backward to comply. With grief my just reproach I bear, Shame fills me at the thought; How frequent my rebellions were! What wickedness I wrought! Thy merciful restraint I scornd And left the pleasant road; Yet turn me, and I shall be turnd, Thou art the Lord my God. Is Ephraim banishd from my thoughts, Or vile in my esteem? No, saith the Lord, with all his faults, I shall remember him. Is he a dear and pleasant child? Yes, dear and pleasant still; Tho sin his foolish heart beguild, And he withstood my will. My sharp rebuke has laid him low, He seeks my face again; My pity kindles at his woe, He shall not seek in vain. Olney Hymns. Book I: On Select Passages of Scripture. 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Lords Day 30, 2012

Sunday··2012·07·22
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. In that day a fountain will be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for impurity. Zechariah 13:1 Hymn LXXIX. Praise for the fountain opened. Zechariah xiii. 1. William Cowper (17311800) There is a fountain filld with blood Drawn from Emmanuels veins; And sinners, plungd beneath that flood, Loose all their guilty stains. The dying thief rejoicd to see That fountain in his day; And there have I, as vile as he, Washd all my sins away. Dear dying Lamb, thy precious blood Shall never lose its powr; Till all the ransomed church of God Be savd, to sin no more. Eer since, by faith, I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply: Redeeming love has been my theme, And shall be till I die. Then in a nobler sweeter song Ill sing thy powr to save When this poor lisping stammring tongue Lies silent in the grave. Lord, I believe thou hast prepard (Unworthy tho I be) For me a bloodbought free reward, A golden harp for me! Tis strung, and tund, for endless years, And formd by powr divine; To sound, in God the Fathers ears, No other name but thine. Olney Hymns. Book I: On Select Passages of Scripture. 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Lords Day 6, 2013

Sunday··2013·02·10
I was glad when they said to me, Let us go to the house of the Lord. I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:1113 Hymn CXXXI. Contentment (i). Philippians iv. 11. William Cowper (17311800) Fierce passions discompose the mind, As tempests vex the sea; But calm content and peace we find, When, Lord, we turn to thee. In vain by reason and by rule, We try to bend the will; For none, but in the Saviours school, Can learn the heavnly skill. Since at his feet my soul has sat, His gracious words to hear; Contented with my present state, I cast, on him, my care. Art thou a sinner, soul? he said, Then how canst thou complain? How light thy troubles here, if weighed With everlasting pain! If thou of murmuring wouldst be curd, Compare thy griefs with mine; Think what my love for thee endurd, And thou wilt not repine. Tis I appoint thy daily lot, And I do all things well: Thou soon shalt leave this wretched spot, And rise with me to dwell. In life my grace shall strength supply, Proportiond to thy day; At death thou still shalt find me nigh, To wipe thy tears away. Thus I who once my wretched days, In vain repinings spent; Taught in my Saviours school of grace, Have learnd to be content. Olney Hymns. Book I: On Select Passages of Scripture. 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

The Pulpit of Gods Love

Monday··2013·04·29
The evangelists most necessary quality: Of all the graces needed to make Christ known the greatest is love. The preachers who have had much of this grace, even though sometimes deficient in other respects, have been those owned of God to a remarkable degree. This is the reason why the Wesleyan Methodists were once so greatly used to deprive Satan of many of his subjects. they were right to sing: The arms of love that compass me Would all mankind embrace. Love explains why men have been able to live with a passion for the conversion of others. He loved the world that hated him, wrote Cowper of Whitefield, the tear that fell upon his Bible was sincere. I could bear to be torn in pieces, said Henry Martyn, if I could but see eyes of faith directed to the Redeemer. Where is this love to be found but in the Saviour himself? Our prayer must be to be delivered from all coldness to Christs death and passion, and God answer that prayer by giving us a new, felt, understanding of texts we my long have known. The Scriptures can be illuminated afresh to us as they were once to an Australian Methodist, William Reeves. Before going to his trade as usual on the morning of August 19, 1846, the following occurred as he read John 3 in family worship: When I came to the exceeding precious lines, the 16th and 17th verses, the Lord in a most extraordinary manner broke in on my soul by the light of his Holy Spirit. He filled my whole soul with pure light, with fullness of joy, and holy love: all language fails to express what I felt. I saw and felt as I never saw before, that the Almighty did not love me in word only, but in deed and truth, in bestowing that unspeakable gift of his well-beloved Son so sweetly blending with the Fathers, that they became together one mighty ocean of unfathomable love. [source] The cross remains the pulpit of Gods love! Iain Murray, The Old Evangelicalism (Banner of Truth, 2005), 128129.

Lord’s Day 4, 2014

Sunday··2014·01·26
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” And Jesus answered and said to them, “It is not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.” —Luke 5:31–32 Hymn LIII. Welcome to the table. William Cowper (1731–1800) This is the feast of heav’nly wine, And God invites to sup; The juices of the living vine Were press’d, to fill the cup. Oh, bless the Saviour, ye that eat, With royal dainties fed; Not heav’n affords a costlier treat, For Jesus is the bread! The vile, the lost, he calls to them, Ye trembling souls appear! The righteous, in their own esteem, Have no acceptance here. Approach ye poor, nor dare refuse The banquet spread for you; Dear Saviour, this is welcome news, Then I may venture too. If guilt and sin afford a plea, And may obtain a place; Surely the Lord will welcome me; And I shall see his face. —Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects. 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Lord’s Day 35, 2014

Sunday··2014·08·31
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. —Hebrews 4:14–16 Hymn LX. Exhortation to Prayer. William Cowper (1731–1800) What various hind’rances we meet In coming to a mercy-seat? Yet who that knows the worth of pray’r, But wishes to be often there. Pray’r makes the dark’ned cloud withdraw, Pray’r climbs the ladder Jacob saw; Gives exercise to faith and love, Brings ev’ry blessing from above. Restraining pray’r, we cease to fight; Pray’r makes the christian’s armor bright; And Satan trembles, when he sees The weakest saint upon his knees. While Moses stood with arms spread wide, Success was found on Israel’s side; But when thro’ weariness they fail’d, That moment Amalek prevail’d. Have you no words? ah, think again, Words flow apace when you complain; And fill your fellow-creature’s ear With the sad tale of all your care. Were half the breath thus vainly spent, To heav’n in supplication sent; Your cheerful song would oft’ner be, “Hear what the Lord has done for me!” —Olney Hymns. Book II: On Occasional Subjects. 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Lord’s Day 36, 2017

Sunday··2017·09·03
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watchmen for the morning; Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning. O Israel, hope in the Lord; For with the Lord there is lovingkindness, And with Him is abundant redemption. And He will redeem Israel From all his iniquities. —Psalm 130 Hymn X. The waiting soul. William Cowper (1731–1800) Breathe from the gentle South, O Lord, And cheer me from the North; Blow on the treasures of thy word, And call the spices forth! I wish, thou know’st, to be resign’d, And wait with patient hope; But hope delay’d fatigues the mind, And drinks the spirit up. Help me to reach the distant goal; Confirm my feeble knee; Pity the sickness of a soul That faints for love of thee. Cold as I feel this heart of mine, Yet since I feel it so; It yields some hope of life divine Within, however low. I seem forsaken and alone, I hear the lion roar; And ev’ry door is shut but one, And that is mercy’s door. There, till the dear Deliv’rer come, I’ll wait with humble pray’r And when he calls his exile home, The Lord, shall find me there. —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. 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Lord’s Day 12, 2018

Sunday··2018·03·25
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? —Romans 11:34 Hymn XV. Light shining out of darkness. God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform; He plants his footsteps in the sea, And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill He treasures up his bright designs, And works his sovereign will. Ye fearful saints fresh courage take, The clouds ye so much dread Are big with mercy, and shall break In blessings on your head. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense, But trust him for his grace; Behind a frowning providence, He hides a smiling face. His purposes will ripen fast, Unfolding ev’ry hour; The bud may have a bitter taste, But sweet will be the flow’r. Blind unbelief is sure to err, And scan his work in vain; God is his own interpreter, And he will make it plain. —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. Tweets about #LordsDay 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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

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