My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever. Psalm 73:26
As a merchant in London may import horses from Barbary, spices of Egypt, wares of Alexandria, silks of Persia, and embroideries of turkey, so may you, if God is your portion, import the finest bread to feed you, the choicest wine to comfort you, oil to cheer you, joy to refresh you, raiment to clothe you, jewels of grace to beautify you, and the crown of glory to make you blessed; yes, all the wealth of this and the world to come. All the riches of the covenant of grace that Christ has purchased with his precious blood, and all the good that an infinite God can give, you shall have them. God will fill up your soul to its utmost capacity. When you have these, you desire no more, and quietly rest forever. What a portion is this! The pleasures of sin are for a season, a little inch of time. This portion is forever. The greatest estate is like a flood, soon up and down, but if God says once to your soul ‘I am your inheritance’, neither men or devils can cheat it from you. The portions of the world are dying vines, deceitful brooks, and shadows. If God is once your portion, he will forever be your portion. When earthly things are taken from you, he is the good part that will never be taken away (Luke 10:42). When dying and withered, he will never leave you or forsake you (Heb. 13:5). Satan cannot part you from your portion. God has him in a chain, and like a dog without teeth, he may bark, yet he can never bite. At death, your portion will swim out with you in that shipwreck. Death parts all other portions from the sons of men, but gives you your full portion. Then you will know your portion’s true worth. When fire burns up the world it will not even singe your portion. You may stand upon the ruins of the world and sing: I have lost nothing, I have my inheritance, my happiness, and my God still.
Over the past fifty years there has been a great resurgence of interest in the writings of the Puritans. The reading of their works has brought great benefit to the people of God in many lands. Christians from many different backgrounds and cultures owe a great debt of gratitude to those faithful pastors and preachers who continue to speak through their writings even though they have long since entered into their heavenly reward. The Puritans really knew how to teach and apply God’s Word in the Spirit’s power!
Richard Rushing has compiled this book of daily devotional readings from his favorite Puritan authors because of the great help he has gained from their works. “How thrilling it has been for me to read the Puritans on the glory and attributes of God, divine providence, fellowship with God, holiness of life and the mortification of indwelling sin, heavenly mindedness, prayer, evangelistic zeal, and trust in the Lord during times of affliction. At every turn these truths are eloquently taught, faithfully applied, and kindly offered as the subject of sweet spiritual meditation.”
This book is sent forth with the prayer that it will open a door to the vast stores of treasure to be found in the writings of the Puritans and that it will stimulate further exploration of this rich spiritual inheritance.