Sunday, August 23, 2015

God's Saving Hand

Neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but only God who gives the growth.
—1 Corinthians 3:7
By limits you set, the waters are bound,
lest they should return and cover the ground.
You make springs gush forth in the valleys below,
and cause rushing streams through the mountains to flow.
—Psalm 104:9-10
Suggested tune (Hanover):
Do you not fear me? says the Lord; Do you not tremble before me? I placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, a perpetual barrier that it cannot pass; though the waves toss, they cannot prevail, though they roar, they cannot pass over it. But this people has a stubborn and rebellious heart; they have turned aside and gone away. They do not say in their hearts, “Let us fear the Lord our God, who gives the rain in its season, the autumn rain and the spring rain, and keeps for us the weeks appointed for the harvest.”
—Jeremiah 5:22-24
Prayer supposes that God is sovereign over every contingency of nature and history... Ordinary daily occurrences—trials, disasters, tragedies, personal encounters, formative events—become occasions for God's saving hand to reach into our lives, whether we recognize it or not.
—Michael Horton,  The Christian Faith
Lord, be thy Word my rule,
in it may I rejoice;
thy glory be my aim;
thy holy will my choice;
thy promises my hope;
thy providence my guard;
thine arm my strong support;
thyself my great reward. Amen.
—Christopher Wordsworth

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