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Faithfulness (of God)

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Hymns of My Youth III: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Saturday··2013·10·05
For the Lord has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. “This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it. “I will abundantly bless her provision; I will satisfy her needy with bread. “Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy. “There I will cause the horn of David to spring forth; I have prepared a lamp for Mine anointed. “His enemies I will clothe with shame, But upon himself his crown shall shine. ” —Psalm 132:13–18 335 Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; He, whose word cannot be broken, Formed thee for his own abode; On the rock of ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? With salvation’s walls surrounded, Thou may’st smile at all thy foes. See, the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal love; Well supply thy sons and daughters, And all fear of want remove: Who can faint, while such a river Ever flows their thirst t’ assuage? Grace which, like the Lord, the Giver, Never fails from age to age. Round each habitation hov’ring See the cloud and fire appear For a glory and a cov’ring, Showing that the Lord is near! Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; He, whose word cannot be broken, Formed thee for his own abode. —Favorite Hymns of Praise (Tabernacle Publishing Company, 1967).

Lord’s Day 3, 2016

Sunday··2016·01·17
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. —Lamentations 3:22–23 The Encouragement Young Persons Have to Seek and to Love Christ Philip Doddridge (1702–1751) Ye hearts, with youthful vigor warm, In smiling crowds draw near, And turn from every mortal charm, A Savior's voice to hear. He, Lord of all the worlds on high, Stoops to converse with you; And lays His radiant glories by, Your friendship to pursue. “The souls that longs to see My face, Is sure My love to gain; And those that early seek My grace, Shall never seek in vain.” What object, Lord, my soul should move, If once compared with Thee? What beauty should command my love, Like what in Christ I see? Away, ye false delusive toys, Vain tempters of the mind! ”Tis here I fix my lasting choice, And here true bliss I find. —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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

Lord’s Day 9, 2016

Sunday··2016·02·28
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.” Behold, My Servant, whom I uphold; My chosen one in whom My soul delights. I have put My Spirit upon Him; He will bring forth justice to the nations. He will not cry out or raise His voice, Nor make His voice heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break And a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish; He will faithfully bring forth justice. He will not be disheartened or crushed Until He has established justice in the earth; And the coastlands will wait expectantly for His law. —Isaiah 42:1–4, cf. Matthew 12:20–21 Early Piety Samuel Stennett (1727–1795) How soft the words my Savior speaks! How kind the promises He makes! A bruised reed He never breaks, Nor will He quench the smoking flax. The humble poor He won't despise, Nor on the contrite sinner frown; His ear is open to their cries, He quickly sends salvation down. When piety in early minds Like tender buds, begins to shoot, He guards the plants from threatening winds, And ripens blossoms into fruit. With humble souls He bears a part In all the sorrows they endure; Tender and gracious is His heart, His promise is forever sure. He sees the struggles that prevail Between the powers of grace and sin; He kindly listens while they tell The bitter pangs they feel within. Though pressed with fears on every side, They know not how the strife may end; Yet He will soon the cause decide, And judgment into victory send. —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.id=id;js.src=p+"://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js";fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs);}}(document,"script","twitter-wjs");

As Easy to Do as to Say

Thursday··2017·03·23
I do try to keep my promises, but sometimes I fail. Sometimes things happen that make what I promised impossible. Sometimes a promise was made foolishly, and can’t be kept. Sometimes I’m just negligent, and forget. I would like to say you can always count on me, but the sad fact is, you can’t. In fact, there is only one who can be trusted to always keep his promises. There is one grand difference between the promises of Adam’s children and the promises of God, which ought never to be forgotten. The promises of man are not sure to be fulfilled. With the best wishes and intentions, he cannot always keep his word. Disease and death may step in like an armed man, and take away from this world him that promises. War, or pestilence, or famine, or failure of crops, or hurricanes, may strip him of his property, and make it impossible for him to fulfil his engagements. The promises of God, on the contrary, are certain to be kept. He is Almighty: nothing can prevent His doing what He has said. He never changes: He is always ‘of one mind’: and with Him there is ‘no variableness or shadow of turning’ (Job 23:13; James 1:17). He will always keep His word. There is one thing which . .  God cannot do: ‘It is impossible for God to lie’ (Heb. 6:18). The most unlikely and improbable things, when God has once said He will do them, have always come to pass. The destruction of the old world by a flood, and the preservation of Noah in the ark, the birth of Isaac, the deliverance of Israel from Egypt, the raising of David to the throne of Saul, the miraculous birth of Christ, the resurrection of Christ, the scattering of the Jews all over the earth, and their continued preservation as a distinct people—who could imagine events more unlikely and improbable than these? Yet God said they should be, and in due time they all came to pass. In truth, with God it is just as easy to do a thing as to say it. Whatever He promises, He is certain to perform. —J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Banner of Truth, 2014), 362.

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: How Firm a Foundation

Saturday··2017·03·25
How Firm a Foundation Nevertheless, the firm foundation of God stands, having this seal, ”The Lord knows those who are His,” 2 Timothy 2:19 How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord, Is laid for your faith in His excellent Word! What more can He say than to you He hath said, To you, who for refuge to Jesus have fled? “Fear not, I am with thee; O be not dismayed, For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid; I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand, Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand. “When through fiery trials thy pathways shall lie, My grace, all sufficient, shall be thy supply: The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design Thy dross to consume and thy gold to refine. “The soul that on Jesus hath leaned for repose I will not, I will not, desert to its foes; That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake, I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!” —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

In Preparation for the Lord’s Day: Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken

Saturday··2017·04·01
Glorious Things of Thee Are Spoken Glorious things are spoken of you, O city of God. Psalm 87:3 Glorious things of thee are spoken, Zion, city of our God; He, whose word cannot be broken Formed thee for His own abode; On the Rock of Ages founded, What can shake thy sure repose? With salvation’s walls surrounded, Thou mayst smile at all thy foes. See, the streams of living waters, Springing from eternal Love, Well supply thy sons and daughters, And all fear of want remove. Who can faint, while such a river Ever flows their thirst to assuage? Grace which, like the Lord, the Giver, Never fails from age to age! Round each habitation hovering, See the cloud and fire appear For a glory and a covering, Showing that the Lord is near! Thus deriving from their banner Light by night and shade by day, Safe they feed upon the manna Which he gives them when they pray. —The Hymnal for Worship & Celebration (Word Music).

Faith and the Attributes of God (1)

Friday··2017·09·08
My righteous one shall live by faith —Hebrews 10:38 The efficacy of faith is not in its strength, but in its object. “The object of faith,” writes David Clarkson, “is God in Christ, as made known in his attributes, offices, relations, promises, and providences.” Just as our trust in any person depends on what we know of his character, our trust in God can only rest on his character as he has revealed himself to us. [God’s Divine attributes] are the pillows and grounds of faith, rocks of eternity, upon which faith may securely repose: ‘Though the earth should be removed,’ &c. ‘The name of the Lord’ (i. e., his attributes) ‘is a strong tower, the righteous fly into it,’ and faith admits and there secures them. Hence this is faith’s ordinary plea in Scripture. ‘For thy name’s sake,’ i. e., for the glory of those attributes whereby thou art known to us, as men are known by their names. These are frequently propounded and made use of as the objects and supports of faith. Power. This is it on which the heroical faith of Abraham fixed: Rom. iv. 21, ‘Being fully persuaded that what he had promised he was able to perform.’ Wisdom. This upheld Peter’s faith, when Christ, so often questioning his love, might have made him doubt of it: ‘Lord, thou knowest all things, thou knowest I love thee,’ John xxi. 17. And David’s faith acts upon the omnisciency and immensity of God, Ps. cxxxix. Justice. This was David’s plea: Ps. cxliii. 11, ‘For thy righteousness sake bring my soul out of trouble.’ And Daniel’s, ix. 16, ‘Lord, according to all thy righteousness, I beseech thee,’ &c. Faithfulness. This was the foundation on which Solomon raised that prayer, so full of faith, 1 Kings viii. 33, ‘There is no God like unto thee, who keepest covenant and mercy with thy servants;’ and Dan. ix. 4, Heb. x. 23. Truth. David useth this, Ps. cxv. 1, ‘For thy truth’s sake;’ and frequently, ‘Do this according to thy word,’ Ps. cxix. 154. Mercy. Faith never finds more strong support, nor ever fixes with so much delight as here: Ps. cxix. 149, ‘Hear my voice, according to thy loving-kindness;’ Ps. cxxx. 7, ‘Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy;’ Ps. lii. 8, ‘I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.’ —David Clarkson, Of Living by Faith, Works (Banner of Truth, 1988), 1:176.

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