Thursday, April 21, 2016

Praise, everlasting praise be paid
To Him who earth's foundations laid:
Praise to the God whose strong decrees
Sway the creation as he please.

Praise to the goodness of the Lord,
Who rules his people by his word;
And there, as strong as his decrees,
He sets his kindest promises.

Firm are the words his prophets give;
Sweet words, on which his children live;
Each of them is the voice of God,
Who spoke, and spread the skies abroad.

Each of them powerful as that sound
That bid the new-made world go round:
And stronger than the solid poles,
On which the wheel of nature rolls.

Whence then should doubts and fears arise?
Why trickling sorrows drown our eyes?
Slowly, alas! our mind receives
The comforts that our Maker gives.

O, for a strong, a lasting faith,
To credit what th' Almighty saith!
T’ embrace the message of his Son,
And call the joys of heaven our own.

Then, should the earth's old pillars shake;
And all the wheels of nature break;
Our steady souls would fear no more
Than solid rocks, when billows roar.

Our everlasting hopes arise
Above the ruinable skies,
Where the eternal Builder reigns,
And his own courts his power sustains.
                    Isaac Watts

“Our help is in the name of the LORD, who made heaven and earth.”  Psalms 124:8

As if the Psalmist had said, As long as I see heaven and earth I will never distrust.  I hope in that God which made all these things out of nothing; and therefore as long as I see those two great standing monuments of his power before me, heaven and earth, I will never be discouraged.  So the apostle: 1 Peter 4:19, “Commit the keeping of your souls to him in well-doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”  O Christian! remember when you trust God you trust an almighty Creator, who is able to help, let your case be never so desperate.  God could create when he had nothing to work upon, which made one wonder; and he could create when he had nothing to work with, which is another wonder.  What is become of the tools wherewith he made the world?  Where is the trowel wherewith he arched the heaven? and the spade wherewith he digged the sea?  What had God to work upon, or work withal when he made the world?  He made it out of nothing.  Now you  commit your souls to the same faithful Creator.                                                            
                                                                                                                                  Thomas Manton

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