Thursday, August 20, 2015

The Great Support and Solace of the Saints

Let me see your face, let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet, and your face is lovely.
—Song of Solomon 2:14b
But yet the Lord's sure steadfast love
from everlasting will
endure to everlasting for
all those who fear him still.
—Psalm 103:17
Suggested tune (Richmond):
Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?
—Matthew 6:25-30
It is the great support and solace of the saints in all distresses that befall them here, that there is a wise Spirit sitting in all the wheels of motion, and governing the most eccentric creatures and their most pernicious designs to blessed and happy ends. And, indeed, it were not worthwhile to live in a world devoid of God and Providence.
—John Flavel
O God, whose never-failing Providence orders all things, both in heaven and on earth: Put away from your people all that is hurtful, and grant us all that is beneficial to our souls; through Jesus Christ. Amen.

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