Saturday, July 2, 2011

Thinking about tomorrow....


"God's word and ordinances are rivers and streams with which God makes his saints glad in cloudy and dark days." 

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The Lord loveth the gates of Zion, of the temple, of the houses of doctrine, more than all the dwellings of Jacob, This is my rest for ever; here will I dwell. There he met his people, and conversed with them, received their homage, and showed them the tokens of his favor, and therefore we may conclude how well he loves those gates....Yet more glorious things are spoken of the gospel-church. It is the spouse of Christ, the purchase of his blood; it is a peculiar people, a holy nation, a royal priesthood, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.


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Let our minds be hereby filled with good thoughts of God. "From what we have heard, and seen, and hope for, we may take occasion to think much of God's loving-kindness, whenever we meet in the midst of his temple." All the streams of mercy that flow down to us must be traced up to the fountain of God's loving kindness.


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Let us triumph in God, and in the assurances we have of his everlasting loving kindness. Tell this to the generation following; transmit this truth as a sacred deposit to your posterity, That this God, who has now done such great things for us, is our God for ever and ever; he is constant and unchangeable in his love to us and care for us. He is ours for ever, not only through all the ages of time, but to eternity; for it is the everlasting blessedness of glorified saints that God himself will be with them and will be their God. He will be our guide, our faithful constant guide, to show us our way and to lead us in it.

All quotes are from Matthew Henry on Psalms 46, 47, 48, and 87.


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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