Sunday, February 14, 2016

         Be still, O heart! why fear and tremble?
         What evil can thy steps betide?
         Though foes, a mighty host, assemble,
         Fear not, for God is on thy side.

         Be still, O heart! the Lord of glory
         Was once a man acquaint with grief;
         He stoops to hear—tell all thy story—
         He loves, He cares, He'll send relief.

         Be still, O heart! cease fearing, fretting
         About the future, all unknown;
         Ne'er think the Master is forgetting
         About His child—His loved and own.

         Be still, O heart! thy Lord will send thee
         The clouds or sunshine as is best;
         His own right hand shall e'er defend thee;
         Then trust His love, and be at rest.

         Be still, O heart!
         What evil can betide thee?
         Fear not, fear not,
         With God to walk beside thee.
                                                                J. H. Watson, arranged

.....Come home to Christ, who will, albeit all the world should speak ill of them, yet He will take their defense, and speak on their part.  When that poor woman poured the ointment on Christ's feet, and the disciples began to mur-mur, and say, "It might [have] been sold for much money and given to the poor," Christ took her defense, and says, "Let her alone, she has wrought a good work on Me, for she did it for My burial; and wheresoever this gospel is preached throughout the world, this also that she has done shall be preached for a memorial of her."  And Acts 9, when Ananias is bidden, "Go, preach to Saul," Ananias says:  "This man has done much ill, and he has presently authority to bind all that call on Thy name, and carry them to Jerusalem;" but in ver. 15 Christ says, "Go thy way for he is a chosen vessel unto Me, to bear My name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel."  And—
    O, but that is a sweet thing, that albeit all the world should say against you, yet if thou wilt come to Christ, He will take thy part.  Let them call you what they will, never so ill.  He will call you His love.  His dove.  His undefiled, etc.  And well is the soul that has Christ's commendation and high song of praise.  It is better nor (what matters it) the commendation of all the world.  What's the matter - what men speak of you if God commend you.  What is the matter - albeit wicked men speak ill of you, if God speak good of you, for what He says all the world shall not get undone.  Seek ye the Lord's commendation, and to be approven of Him, and it makes (does not signify) not then what men say against you.
                                                                                                                                   Samuel Rutherford

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