Thursday, 29 December 2011
while walking through this dry, dusty land
though your feet may scorch on desert sand
reach for Christ's garment and clasp His hand
take up God's whole armor, firmly stand
while walking through fields fruitless and barren
though all forsake, on Christ you can depend
cry out, brother and sister, for heav'ns to rend
trust God's spring rain to fall and refresh again
while walking below as pilgrims here
in all tribulation, be of good cheer
our God guards us, both in front and rear
He counts our tossings, stores all our tears
while walking on this earth here below
while in the tempest, tossed to and fro
do not waver, be assured, o sparrows
God is always for us, this we know
while walking here in this lonely place
expectantly plead to see His face
in days of famine, feast on His abundance
Christ shining brighter, from grace to grace
1 Be gracious to me, O God, for man tramples on me;
all day long an attacker oppresses me;
2 my enemies trample on me all day long,
for many attack me proudly.
3 When I am afraid,
I put my trust in you.
4 In God, whose word I praise,
in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can flesh do to me?
5 All day long they injure my cause;
all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They stir up strife, they lurk;
they watch my steps,
as they have waited for my life.
7 For their crime will they escape?
In wrath cast down the peoples, O God!
8 You have kept count of my tossings;
put my tears in your bottle.
Are they not in your book?
9 Then my enemies will turn back
in the day when I call.
This I know, that God is for me.
10 In God, whose word I praise,
in the LORD, whose word I praise,
11 in God I trust; I shall not be afraid.
What can man do to me?
12 I must perform my vows to you, O God;
I will render thank offerings to you.
13 For you have delivered my soul from death,
yes, my feet from falling,
that I may walk before God
in the light of life.Proverbs 4:18
But the path of the righteous is like the light of dawn,
which shines brighter and brighter until full day.John 16:33
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.
In the world you will have tribulation.
But take heart; I have overcome the world.
II Timothy 4:16-18
At my first defense no one came to stand by me,
but all deserted me.
May it not be charged against them!
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened me,
so that through me the message might be fully proclaimed
and all the Gentiles might hear it.
So I was rescued from the lion's mouth.
The Lord will rescue me from every evil deed
and bring me safely into his heavenly kingdom.
To him be the glory forever and ever.
Amen.for @dustysojourner and his wife, and all those saints who are God's fellow workers for the sake of the Gospel...
And of Christ's fullness may we continue to receive, grace upon grace.
~ see John 1:16 ~
the laborer's lamentation and affirmation
but not too hard with Me (calling, doubt & assurance)
ML-J on depression in the ministry
Bible Reading - Matthew 3 & 4: what we should expect after the baptism of the Spirit
when man reaches the lowest depths of unbelief" (William Williams' "The Experience Meeting")
Though the waves arose
Habakkuk Hope: "Joy and Peace in Believing" by William Cowper
In hope against hope believe, Blessed are all who believe
Psalm 131 ~ Lord, calm my soul; Lord, wean my soul in this mephitic air | W.H. Hewitson
Where do you go when the world is unlovely? (Psalm 84 & the theology of Biblical counseling)
In darkest place
He dawns on them like the morning light
As the Visible Disappoints
How can I be joyful weeping over Jerusalem? (Letter 50 on assurance & joy)
Will you finish your course with joy? (Acts 20:24) - letter 71 on assurance & joy
Are you a radiant Christian or a drunken old woman? (letter 82 on assurance & fighting for joy)
Nehemiah's Song ~ "even here, even in the night seasons, even in the ruins" | letter 106 on joy
O, soul, do not worry ~ seeking God in temptation & doubt | letter 120 on assurance & joy
you are Mine, not of the world (ministry's temptation, sorrow & joy) | letter 122 on assurance & joy
Fear not, little flock (Luke 12:32) | letter 123 on assurance & fighting for joy
the pilgrim's Assurance ~ His Sovereign pouring | letter 110 on assurance & fighting for joy
Scripture quotations are taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Photo credit: I edited the photo found here, http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Desert_Qatar.JPG - which was PD.