Got a great Puritan prayer today. This gem can be found on pp. 116-117 of The Valley of Vision.
“The ‘Nevers’ of the Gospel”
May I never fail to come to the knowledge of the truth,
never rest in a system of doctrine, however
scriptural, that does not bring further salvation,
or teach me to deny ungodliness and worldly lusts,
or help me to live soberly, righteously, godly;
never rely on my own convictions and resolutions,
but be strong in thee and in thy might;
never cease to find thy grace sufficient
in all my duties, trials, and conflicts;
never forget to repair to thee
in all my spiritual distresses and outward troubles,
in all the dissatisfactions experienced in creature comforts;
never fail to retreat to him who is full of grace
and truth, the friend that loveth at all times,
who is touched with feelings of my infirmities,
and can do exceeding abundantly for me;
never confine my religion to extraordinary
occasions, but acknowledge thee in all my ways;
never limit my devotions to particular seasons
but be in thy fear all the day long;
never be godly only on the sabbath
or in thy house, but on every day abroad
and at home;
never make piety a dress but a habit,
and not only a habit but a nature,
and not only a nature but a life.
Do good to my by all thy dispensations,
by all means of grace,
by worship, prayers, praises,
And at last let me enter that world where is
no temple, but only thy glory
and the Lamb’s.
The music for today is a wonderful, truth-loaded song by a musician named Matt Papa. I discovered him in the spring and his album This Changes Everything has been a blessing to my ears and my soul. I would really love for him to come play a chapel at Taylor University, or even just come for an evening concert–that would be fantastic. His music is so easy to listen to and has lyrics that trumpet the glory of God and his sovereignty over all things. It’s folks like him that give me hope for Christian music that isn’t explicitly “worship” music. The entire album has been a blessing and I encourage you to buy it from his site or iTunes, or wherever. It’s really worth your money. Check out some of his songs on YouTube first if you’d like.
Here is one of my favorites, “The Glory of God,” featuring a bit of Pastor John sermonage.
Have a wonderful Monday.
Yo! Bringing back a weekly ritual here on the blog: the Saturday Post. On Saturdays I try to post a collection of cool, weird, interesting things from around the World Wide Web. Enjoy.
Five guys take same photo for 30 years — via CNN. This is an awesome story, loved the pictures. It would be really cool to do something like this.
OS X Mountain Lion Review — via Engadget. Great, thorough review of the newest update to the Mac operating system. I just bought Mountain Lion on Thursday and I think it’s safe to say I’ve already gotten my $20 worth. Check it out!
Thoughtful Dark Knight Rises review — via Ithaca Journal. SPOILER ALERT. A fantastic review of the latest Batman flick. If you haven’t seen it yet, go see it. I loved it, though nothing could really top the Joker for me; he was just too good.
Election: Handle with Care — via Desiring God. A wonderful clip from Pastor John’s latest sermon in 2 Timothy. Wield the doctrine of election with care brothers. I am so thankful to be able to say I was present for this sermon, it truly has been a blessing being at Bethlehem Baptist Church this summer.
Gay is Not the New Black –via The Gospel Coalition. A must read on the evangelical’s stance on homosexuality as I fear this is a war that has only just begun, and has no easy end in sight. Pray for our brothers and sisters being persecuted for their stances on this issue, and pray for homosexuals that they may see their sin seek repentance in Christ alone.
Have a wonderful weekend!