Saturday, July 30, 2011

Pressing on.....

"Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them. Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God."

Psalm 84:5-7


Death Valley
"They not only walk in these ways, but they have them in their hearts, they lay them near their hearts; no care or concern, no pleasure or delight, lies nearer than this.  Those who have the new Jerusalem in their eye must have the ways that lead to it in their heart, must mind them, their eyes must look straight forward in them, must ponder the paths of them, must keep close to them, and be afraid of turning aside to the right hand or to the left. If we make God's promise our strength, we must make God's word our rule, and walk by it.  They are such as this will break through difficulties and discouragements in waiting upon God in holy ordinances....Our way to heaven lies through a valley of Baca, but even that may be made a well if we make a due improvement of the comforts God has provided for the pilgrims to the heavenly city..... They go from strength to strength...Thus it is promised that those that wait on the Lord shall renew their strength. Even where they are weak, there they are strong. Those that press forward in their Christian course shall find God adding grace to their graces. They shall be changed from glory to glory, from one degree of glorious grace to another, till, at length, every one of them appears before God in Zion, to give glory to him and receive blessings from him.  Those who grow in grace shall, at last, be perfect in glory. We must go from one duty to another, from prayer to the word, from practicing what we have learned to learn more; and, if we do this, the benefit of it will appear, to God's glory and our own everlasting comfort."
Matthew Henry






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"Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it."
Isaiah 55:6,8-1