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From the Pen of D.E. Young

Thy Will Be Done (II)

(Luke 6:46)

If with my lips I call You Lord

Then be Your law in heart adored.

And let me choose what You command

As in Your presence sweet I stand.

June 2017

Purity (II) 

(Proverbs 22:11)

Let me, my God, love purity

of heart, and be it found in me.

And may it so my sin displace

That e’en my words be filled with grace

That Heaven’s King my friend may be

If purity be found in me.

June 2017

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Thoughts on The Lord’s Day

Man’s goings are of the Lord: how can a man then understand his own way?
—Proverbs 20:24

To know that our daily experiences are of the Lord must encourage our continual trust of Him and submission to His mysterious ways. He will provide for all His people who follow Him. Think of your past and how you have been guided and carried through to this point in your life. Praise the One who has richly sustained you. Look to the future glory that will follow those who have trusted and continue to live “looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith” (Heb 12:2). Walking by faith rather than by sight is the theme of much Scripture and Christian experience. Though we may not fully understand the meaning of our lives, how can we build up our faith and trust in the God who rules over us?

I would suggest by using the means that God has given us; the regular gathering together with God’s people in worship, submitting to the faithful preaching of the Word of God, prayer and participation in Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.

 

The note above, with the exception of my suggestion, is from The Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible.                                                   —Joel R. Beeke is the General Editor.

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The Mystery of Providence by D.E. Young

The Mystery of Providence

 

I do not understand, my God,

Why You thus deal with me,

And yet I need not understand

But only bow the knee.

 

February 2017

 

 

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Thoughts on Indwelling Sin From the Pen of John Newton

“As to the remedy, neither our state nor his honor are affected by the workings of indwelling sin, in the hearts of those whom he has taught to wrestle, strive, and mourn, on account of what they feel. Though sin wars, it shall not reign; and though it breaks our peace, it cannot separate from his love. Nor is it inconsistent with his holiness and perfection, to manifest his favor to such poor defiled creatures, or to admit them to communion with himself; for they are not considered as in themselves, but as one with Jesus, to whom they have fled for refuge, and by whom they live a life of faith. They are accepted in the Beloved, they have an Advocate with the Father, who once made an atonement for their sins, and ever lives to make intercession for their persons. Though they cannot fulfill the law, he has fulfilled it for them; though the obedience of the members is defiled and imperfect, the obedience of the Head is spotless and complete; and though there is much evil in them, there is something good, the fruit of his own gracious Spirit. They act from a principle of love, they aim at no less than his glory, and their habitual desires are supremely fixed upon himself. There is a difference in kind between the feeblest efforts of faith in a real believer, while he is covered with shame at the thoughts of his miscarriages, and the highest and most specious attainments of those who are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight. Nor shall this conflict remain long, or the enemy finally prevail over them. They are supported by almighty power, and led on to certain victory. They shall not always be as they are now; yet a little while, and they shall be freed from this vile body, which, like the leprous house, is incurably contaminated, and must be entirely taken down. Then they shall see Jesus as he is, and be like him, and with him for ever.”

This is an excerpt from a letter he wrote to William Legge, Earl of Dartmouth in April, 1772.

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A Psalm for Thanksgiving

Psalm 103

A Psalm of David.

Bless the LORD, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction, Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

The LORD executes righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed. He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in mercy. He will not always strive with us, nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins, nor punished us according to our iniquities. For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us. As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust.

As for man, his days are like grass; as a flower of the field, so he flourishes. For the wind passes over it, and it is gone, And its place remembers it no more. But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him, and His righteousness to children’s children, To such as keep His covenant, and to those who remember His commandments to do them.

The LORD has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. 0 Bless the LORD, you His angels, who excel in strength, who do His word, heeding the voice of His word. Bless the LORD, all you His hosts, you ministers of His, who do His pleasure. Bless the LORD, all His works, in all places of His dominion. Bless the LORD, O my soul!

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The Wonderful Exchange

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat; this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. 1 Corinthians 11:24

From the Lord’s Supper pious souls derive the benefit of considerable satisfaction and confidence; because it affords us a testimony that we are incorporated into one body with Christ, so that what is his, we are at liberty to call ours. The consequence of this is, that we venture to assure ourselves of our interest in eternal life, of which he is the heir, and that the kingdom of heaven, into which he has already entered, can no more be lost by us than by him; and, on the other hand, that we cannot be condemned by our sins, from the guilt of which he absolved us, when he wished them to be imputed to himself, as if they were his own. This is the wonderful exchange which, in his infinite goodness, he has made with us. Submitting to our poverty, he has transferred to us his riches; assuming our weakness, he has strengthened us by his power; accepting our mortality, he has conferred on us his immortality; taking on himself the load of iniquity with which we were oppressed, he has clothed us with his righteousness; descending to the earth, he has prepared a way for our ascending to heaven; becoming with us the Son of man, he has made us, with himself, the sons of God. – Institutes, IV, xvii, ii

This is the November 6 devotional from THINE IS MY HEART, Devotional Readings from John Calvin

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A Reminder; Who Does the Carrying?

Daily Devotional for September 14

The Lord Provides by Frans Bakker

Text

I will carry. —Isaiah 46:4

Bible Reading

Isaiah 46:3–4

In true religion we do not have to carry God and His cause. The Lord will carry us and our cause. Will man choose God, or will God have to choose man? Will man bring sacrifices to God, or will the sacrifice of atonement have to come from God’s side? Will the church carry God’s faithfulness, or will God’s faithfulness carry the church? Will a child of God take care of God, or will God take care of His child?

We know the right answer to all these questions. And yet in the daily routine of our everyday lives we give a wrong answer. As a result, we are as the heathen with dumb idols. We are as the heathen without God on whom we can cast all our cares. That is how poor the heathen are. That is also how poor we are outside of the living God. We may have a religion, but still not the true religion, if the God who says “I will carry,” is not known.

Sometimes God makes our burdens so heavy that we cannot carry them any longer. This is good for the children of God. The Lord does this to teach us not to carry our burdens ourselves. When does the eagle carry its young ones? Not when they are still in the nest, but when they have been turned out of the nest and, with a huge distance below them, are wrestling and falling in the air. It is just as with that little boy who wanted to help his father and carry something for him. But the little boy could not carry it. He fell. But his father picked him up and carried the lad together with the burden that he had to carry.

“I will carry.” That is how God deals with His people. It is to their shame for they always want to carry. Oh, if only they would surrender! It would be to their comfort, if they would learn to lay their burdens in His hand. We need to lean on Him, for there is no life too heavily burdened that He would not be able or willing to carry it. The great Shepherd of His sheep descended to lost sheep, and of Him it is written that He lays them on His shoulders and brings them back to the flock. Otherwise they would remain lying in their sins and misery and be obliged to carry the burden of sin themselves forever. That is how they are carried. They are carried home on the shoulders of the Surety.

From The Everlasting Word by Frans Bakker, compiled and translated by Gerald R. Procee. Reformation Heritage Books and Free Reformed Publications, 2007.
Copyright © 2016, The Orthodox Presbyterian Church. All Rights Reserved.

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