I can in all states cast my care upon God, cast my burden upon God, I can commit my way to God in peace: faith can do this. Therefore, when reason can go no higher, let faith get on the shoulders of reason and say, ‘I see land though reason cannot see it, I see good that will come out of all this evil.’ Exercise faith by often resigning yourself to God, by giving yourself up to God and his ways. The more you in a believing way surrender up yourself to God, the more quiet and peace you will have.
The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment, by Jeremiah Burroughs
In active obedience we worship God by doing what pleases God, but by passive obedience we do as well worship God by being pleased with what God does…It is but one side of a Christian to endeavour to do what pleases God; you must as well endeavour to be pleased with what God does, and so you will come to be a complete Christian when you can do both…
a little more from The Rare Jewel, by Burroughs
I swiped the above excerpts from Mrs. Wilson’s site femina.reformedblogs.com.
However, I added the bold text.
I need to read these over & over & over & over &…..
Have you not known? Have you not heard?The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He does not faint or grow weary;
His understanding is unsearchable.
He gives power to the faint,
and to him who has no might He increases strength.
Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint.
My mother counseled & encouraged & challenged me this morning with the above portion of Isaiah. Yes, I have known. Yes, I have heard. Yes, I believe! Now: do I act like I believe it. Please Lord, enable me; accomplish Your will in my heart, in my actions, in my life. Even when I am faint, weary, & exhausted – the Lord is there with strength to renew my soul. Thanks for the chat, Mama.
I waited patiently for the LORD;
He inclined to me and heard my cry.
He drew me up from the pit of destruction,
out of the miry bog,
and set my feet upon a rock,
making my steps secure.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear,
and put their trust in the LORD.
Blessed is the man who makes
the LORD his trust…
As for You, O LORD, You will not restrain
Your mercy from me;
Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness will
ever preserve me!
For evils have encompassed me
my iniquities have overtaken me,
and I cannot see;
they are more than the hairs of my head;
my heart fails me.
Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me!
O LORD, make haste to help me!
But may all who seek You
rejoice and be glad in You;
may those who love Your salvation
say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
As for me, I am poor and needy,
but the Lord takes thought for me.
You are my help and my deliverer;
do not delay, O my God!
Psalm 40:1-4a, 11-13, 16-17
My meditation and prayer for today was taken from the above psalm. I love singing that psalm. It brings peace.
Heavenly Father, reigning in majesty and glory~
I wait for You. Give me patience in this waiting. Give me patience!
Draw me up, set my feet upon the rock, guide my steps securely in Your sovereignty. Put a new song in my mouth so that I may praise Your grace and testify of Your goodness.
Cause me to make You -and only You- my trust, and my source of strength.
Do not restrain Your mercy from me. Rain mercy upon my head like oil. Preserve me, Your covenant daughter, by Your love and faithfulness. I feel encompassed and overtaken; my heart is failing, O God. Deliver me from this! Make haste to help me! Restore my soul and lead me in paths of righteousness for Your sake.
I seek You, my Father. Let me rejoice in You, let me be glad in You, cause me to proclaim Your greatness from the rooftop! Do not delay, O my God, my King.
Humble me in this: that You take thought of me. Father, be pleased to take thought of me, Your servant. Thank You, O God; hallelujah!