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I’m in the middle of writing an article on loneliness as a means to drive us deeper into God’s heart and was just struck by the passage this nugget came from. The context is distress and anguish, feeling the grip of death’s crushing pull. Maybe you can relate. But the author of this psalm lifts his eyes above his circumstances and prays for deliverance. He meditates on the character of God; how He is gracious, righteous, and merciful. He remembers what God has done; how He preserves the simple and rescued him when he was flat on his back, hopeless and alone. Then comes verse seven. Circumstances haven’t changed for the author but, then again, God’s worthiness to be worshipped has never been contingent on ideal circumstances. No matter what our lives might look like right now, no matter how uncomfortable or excruciating our circumstances might be, if we have been redeemed by Jesus, we have every reason to “return to our rest;” for the the Lord INDEED has dealt bountifully with us. And He is worthy of our praise and confidence right here. •••• [Also, 1) this is not a staged photo and 2) you should go read all of Psalm 116 for yourself.]
Happy birthday to the best big sister! 🥳 You are as genuine and intentional as they get; you love deep and feel big, and I’m so thankful for your heart and life. 💜 Additionally, I’d like to know how much you were paid to hug me in this photo.
“Do not despair, dear heart, but come to the Lord with all your jagged wounds, black bruises, and running sores. He alone can heal, and He delights to do it. It is our Lord’s office to bind up the brokenhearted, and He is gloriously at home at it.” -Charles Spurgeon
“Theologians who limit the means of grace to overtly redemptive religious practices miss something about the God who speaks without words in the theater of His creation.” -David Powlison

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Monday Morning Munch No. 104 – Five Puritan Quotes

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I love quotes, don’t you?

Quotes are little pieces of the legacies of those around us. They reveal the hearts and beauty of people we do life with or those who have blazed a trail befor us. Quotes can be funny or sweet or soothing or inspiring or packed with wisdom, as is the case with the following quotes from a few of the wisdom-filled Puritans. I hope they encourage you as they, though dead, still speaketh.

 

“Afflictions add to the saints’ glory. The more the diamond is cut, the more it sparkles; the heavier the saints’ cross is, the heavier will be their crown.” -Thomas Watson

“Most of God’s people are contented to be saved from the hell that is without; they are not so anxious to be saved from the hell that is within.” -Robert Murray M’Cheyne

“Doth God give us a Christ, and will he deny us a crust? If God doth not give us what we crave, He will give us what we need.” -Thomas Watson 

“If the Lord should bring a wicked man to heaven, heaven would be hell to him; for he who loves not grace upon earth will never love it in heaven.” -Christopher Love

“The law breaks the hard heart, but the Gospel melts it. A stone duly broken, may be still a hard stone; but the Gospel melts.” -Ralph Erskine

 

BONUS:

“No heart can conceive that treasury of mercies which lies in this one privilege, in having liberty and ability to approach unto God at all times, according to his mind and will.” -John Owen

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