Friday, 19 August 2011

no matter what,
the Christian can always say:

it is well

because God (Whose we are) is
extremely merciful and gracious,
always good and faithful,
ever powerful and sovereign,
all-knowing and completely wise,
strong and sweetly sufficient

in every season.

sure, we may not always feel swell,
but the fact is that we are well.

"return to rest, o my soul, for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you."
psalm 116 v. 7

Thursday, 18 August 2011

'things are looking up' when you look up

God calls His children to remembrance, to propel them forward in faith. Or as Amy Carmichael so perfectly puts it -

The Lord is always kind,
Be not blind,
Be not blind
To the shining of His face,
To the comforts of His grace.
Hath He ever failed thee yet?
Never, never: wherefore fret?
O fret not thyself, nor let
Thy heart be troubled,
Neither let it be afraid.

Look back at His faithfulness; look forward in faith.

Monday, 15 August 2011

"Be still and know that I am God."
Psalm 46 v. 10

Have a listen to this Psalm sung.

Friday, 12 August 2011

"Loved with everlasting love, led by grace that love to know;
Gracious Spirit from above, Thou hast taught me it is so!
O this full and perfect peace! O this transport all divine!
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.
In a love which cannot cease, I am His, and He is mine.

Heav’n above is softer blue, Earth around is sweeter green!
Something lives in every hue Christless eyes have never seen;
Birds with gladder songs o’erflow, flowers with deeper beauties shine,
Since I know, as now I know, I am His, and He is mine.
Since I know, as now I know, I am His, and He is mine."
- George W. Robinson, 1876

Friday, 5 August 2011

Frail children of dust, and feeble as frail,
In Thee do we trust, nor find Thee to fail;
Thy mercies how tender, how firm to the end,
Our Maker, Defender, Redeemer, and Friend.

[Lyrics by Robert Grant]

Tuesday, 2 August 2011

"How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!" 1 John 3:1

His love is undeserved, yet unreserved. Oh, the glory of it!