Tuesday, October 18, 2016

A Cheerful Face

Repeat and or meditate on this verse until your thoughts are centered on God.
Your praise alone, O Lord, does reign
on Zion's holy hill.
Our vows to you we will maintain,
our promise to fulfill.
 —Psalm 65:1-2
Suggested tune: McKee (CM)

Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of God belongs.
—Luke 18:16
You have heard the old fiction that Jesus Christ never laughed or smiled. This subject was brought up at the house of a friend where I was once staying. There was a little child in the room, who when she heard it, ran up to her father and said, "Papa, that gentleman did not tell the truth."

Of course everyone looked at her and waited for her explanation. "I know that Jesus did, Papa," she added, "for the little children loved him. And I don't think they would have loved him if he had never smiled. Didn't he say, 'Let the little children to come to me,' and he took them up in his arms and gave them his blessing?"

Do you think any good Christian could take up a little child without smiling? And if they did not smile, do you think the child would go to them? Jesus Christ did smile. A cheerful face wins honor to the faith! A cheerful deportment glorifies God, for he has said, "Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds. Let the high praises of God be in their mouth!" [from Ps. 149] Be joyful, Christians! Be joyful, for "why should the children of a King go mourning all their days?" [Isaac Watts]
—Charles Spurgeon (alt.)
Lord, Holy Spirit, beyond, within, above, beneath all things, you give us life. Blaze in our hearts, you who are Love itself, till we shine like the noonday sun. Lord God, we are the little children, the feeble ones of the world. Carry us for ever in your breast, Lord God; give us the power by love to be your holy ones...
—Richard Baxter
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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