May 3

Give us this day our daily bread,and forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.  Matthew 6:11

It is the Lord who bestows upon us freely and graciously the good things of this life.  He is interested in the common mercies we enjoy.  God gives them since he is the absolute Lord of heaven and earth.  All is God’s, and the blessings we enjoy are on loan from him.  He is the great landlord who has leased them to the sons of men. God has given the earth for us to occupy and enjoy, but also gives a particular allotment for each man’s portion.  These things do not come by chance, by the gift of others, or by our own industry, but by the peculiar designation of God’s providence.  Whatever avenue they come, by donation, purchase, labour, or by inheritance, they were sent by God.  He directed the means to get them to us.  The hearts of men are in the hand of God, and it was God that prompted them to be kind to us and become instruments of his providence and by his covenant promises.  God’s providence extends to all men.  Even the wicked enjoy possessions of his common bounty.  But God bestows his covenant blessings only to believers.  What little a righteous man has with the Lord is better than the treasures of many wicked.  It is seasoned with God’s love, and is better than the bounty of wicked men.  Contentment is also one of God’s blessings we should ask for when we pray.  Bread provides our needs, but our enjoyment of it is also his blessing.  Happiness does not lie in abundance, but in the suitableness of our mind to our estate (Luke 12:15).  There is a twofold war in man: the war between a man and his conscience which breeds trouble of mind, and a war between his affections and his condition which breeds murmuring and envious grumbling.  So, pray for contentment also when you pray, ‘Give us this day our daily bread.’

 

Daily Prayer and Praise

 

The Psalms are not only to be used in church but at home. They were individual songs before they became a means of congregational prayer and praise. Will not their sincere and regular use by individuals and families contribute to greater awe and joy in the church’s worship of the Triune God?

In these volumes Henry Law divides the Psalter into easily managed portions for each day. He plumbs the depths of the believer’s soul and soars at the wonder of Christ’s identification with his people.

Price includes both Volume 1 and 2.

 

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