I am thinking......... about praying with faith, the sermon we had on this last Wed, and something I recently read, "My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up." David said that after he had unburdened his cares to God, he would, as it were, watch like a sentinel, until it should appear, that indeed God had heard him. No doubt, in the exercise of longing, there is always implied some degree of uneasiness; but he who is looking out for the grace of God with anxious desire, will patiently wait for it. Here we see the uselessness of those prayers to which there is not added that hope which may be said to elevate the minds of the petitioners into a watch-tower." "But I have trusted in thy mercy; my heart shall rejoice in thy salvation.I will sing unto the LORD, because he hath dealt bountifully with me." The Psalmist does not as yet feel how much he has profited by praying; but depending upon the hope of deliverance, which the faithful promise of God enabled him to entertain, he makes use of this hope as a shield to repel those temptations with the terror of which he might be greatly distressed. Although, therefore, he is severely afflicted, and a multiplicity of cares urge him to despair, he, notwithstanding, declares it to be his resolution to continue firm in in his reliance on the grace of God, and in the hope of salvation. With the very same confidence ought all the godly to be furnished and sustained that they may duly persevere in prayer....Surely it becomes us to engage in prayer in such a frame of mind as at the same time to be ready to sing the praises of God; a thing which is impossible, unless we are fully persuaded that our prayers will not be ineffectual. We may not be wholly free from sorrow, but it is nevertheless necessary that this cheerfulness of faith rise above it, and put in our mouths a song on account of the joy which is reserved for us in the future."
~John Calvin on Psalms 5 and 13
I am thankful for..... work that keeps me busy.
Here is the sermon, I hope any of you all who listen will find it has helpful as I did.
Listening to......I just finished listening to yesterday's sermon.
I am hoping... for grace for everything this week will bring.
Noticing that......the Lord provides.
Around the house...cooking, cleaning, laundry, schoolwork......
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