Tuesday, July 18, 2017

The Brightness of Your Power

O grant us help against the foe, for human help is worthless.
Psalm 60:11

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 3:5-6


Thou, infinite in love!
Guide this bewildered mind,
which, like the trembling dove,
no resting-place can find
on the wild waters, God of light,
through the thick darkness lead me right!

Bid the fierce conflict cease,
and fear and anguish fly;
let there again be peace,
as in the days gone by:
In Jesus' Name I cry to thee,
remembering Gethsemane.

Fain would earth's true and dear
save me in this dark hour;
and art not thou more near?
art thou not love and power?
Vain is all human help,
but thou canst send deliverance even now.

Though through the future's shade
pale phantoms I descry,
let me not shrink dismayed,
but ever feel thee nigh;
there may be grief, and pain, and care
but, O my Father, thou art there!
A Book of Hymns for Public & Private Devotion, 1848

O God, when pleased to put forth your might, you need none to help you. Thus, once assured of an interest in your favor, we have no reason to deire desire human aid. All other resources of a worldly nature vanish before the brightness of your power.
John Calvin's paraphrase of Ps. 60:11

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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