Wednesday, August 10, 2016

On Yonder Glittering Hills

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
'Tis good for me that I have felt
affliction's chast'ning rod,
that I might duly learn and keep
the statutes of my God.
 —Psalm 119:71
Suggested tune: Marlow (CM)

Yet all these, though they were commended for their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better so that they would not, apart from us, be made perfect.
—Hebrews 11:39-40
if you have lived for God—if, by his Grace, you have put your trust in Jesus Christ, what is your portion? On yonder glittering hills you stand, in the midst of the white-robed host and Christ is with you, and you are looking back upon what you suffered for his sake on earth and you say, 'Oh, it was nothing at all! I wish I had suffered far more for him who suffered so much for me!' As for what you did for him, you will say, 'That is not worth mentioning! Oh, that I had lived more intensely for him!' As for what you gave for him, 'Oh!' you will say, 'I never gave a thousandth part of what I would give now if I had it! I reckon that I wasted what was not spent upon his Kingdom. I reckon that I lost the time that I did not use for glorifying him and only did I live as I ought to live, and as in heaven I now wish I had lived, when I lived entirely to him.' Then will you see, from before the throne of God, 'that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him." So may it be with every one of us, for Christ's sake!
 —Charles Spurgeon
Though I cannot see earth from heaven, Lord, give me the grace to understand that someday my perspective will change, and that the difficulties I now undergo for your sake will then be seen as my greatest moments...
Allow the above to help guide your own confession, praise, thanksgiving, and/or petition.

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil; for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory forever. Amen.
 —Matthew 6:9-13

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