Precious Jesus

"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan

Saturday, December 12, 2015

I am the Lord thy God

He is the Lord God, the great creator, the only proprietor, the absolute governor and disposer of all things ; therefore on this account we owe an awful observance to all his laws and injunctions. It is but fit and just that we should be subject to him that created us, and who hath infinite power, for our contumacies and rebellions, eternally to destroy us.

He is the Lord God, the great and glorious One, whose kingdom is from everlasting to everlasting, and whose dominion hath no bounds, either of time or place. " Behold," saith the prophet, " the nations are as a drop of a bucket, and are counted but as the small dust of the balance : behold, he taketh up the isles as a very little thing. All nations before him are as nothing ; and they are counted to him less than nothing and vanity." Isa. 40 : 15, 17. His voice shakes the heavens, and removes the earth out of its place. His way is in the whirlwind. Storms and tempests are his harbingers ; and the clouds are the dust of his feet. The mountains quake at his presence ; at his displeasure the hills melt away ; the world and all the inhabitants of it are dissolved. His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by him. His hand spans the heavens, and he holds all the waters of the sea in the hollow of it. Heaven is the throne of his glory, and the earth his footstool : his pavilion round about him, dark waters and thick clouds of the sky. Ten thousand times ten thousand glorious spirits stand alway ministering before him : they fly on his errands, and are ready to execute his sovereign will and pleasure. " Who is like unto thee, O Lord, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders, and therefore, who would not fear thee, O King of nations ; and tremble and be astonished, when once thou art angry ? 

Wilt thou then, O vile and wretched sinner, despise the authority and majesty of the great God, before whom all the powers of heaven and earth lie prostrate ? Darest thou infringe his laws and violate his commands, who is so great and terrible a God that he can destroy thee by the very breath of his nostrils  " By the breath of his nostrils are they consumed." Job, 4:9. Yea, he can look thee to death. " They perish at the rebuke of thy countenance." Psalm 80 : 16. Art thou able to contend with this God? Art thou a fit match for the Almighty? Can lay heart endure, or thy hands be strong in the day when the Lord shall deal with thee, and come to recompense vengeance upon thee for all thy transgressions? Who among you can dwell with the devouring fire ? who among you can dwell with everlasting burnings?

Certainly, did we but frequently thus overawe our hearts with the serious consideration of the dread majesty and supreme authority of the great God, we should not dare so presumptuously to provoke him as we do. Fear is a most excellent preservative from sin, and a strong fence that God hath set about his law to keep us from breaking those bounds which he hath prescribed us. Therefore the wise' man gives us this advice, Eccl. 12 : 13, "Fear God and keep his commandments;" and the Psalmist, Ps. 4 : 4, " Stand in awe and sin not."

Ezekiel Hopkins, preface to the commandments, pages 52-53

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