Friday, September 30, 2016

God Should Have the Glory

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
All those who have God's goodness proved
will in his truth confide.
His mercy ne'er forsook someone
 that on his help relied.
 —Psalm 7:10
Suggested tune: Crimond (CM)

Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you whole.
—Luke 17:19
Have you received nothing from God? I put this question to you, because great is our unthankfulness, not only for common benefits, but also for special deliverance—the one not noted and observed, the other not improved. Humble persons will find matter of praise in very common benefits, but we forget even signal mercies. Therefore, I say, have you received nothing? Now, consider, is there no return due? You know the story, Luke 17:15-19, Christ healed ten lepers, and but one of them returned and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down at his feet giving thanks, and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, “Were not ten made clean? But the other nine, where are they? Was none of them found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” And he said to him, “Get up and go on your way; your faith has made you whole.”

All had received a like benefit, but one only returned (and he a Gentile) to acknowledge the mercy. They were made whole by a miraculous providence, he was made whole by a more gracious dispensation: your faith has made you whole. He was dismissed with a special blessing. God scatters his benefits upon all humankind, but how few own the supreme Benefactor! Surely a sensible heart always sees new occasions of praising God, and some old occasions that must always be remembered: for life, and peace, and safety, and daily provision, snd always for Christ, and the hopes of eternal life. Surely if we have the comfort, God should have the glory.
 —Thomas Manton (alt.)
Thank you, God, for making me whole. Help me to see in my current circumstances all the things I should be thankful for. And when I cannot see that, help me to see how you have in the past comforted, healed, and rescued me...
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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