How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! Psalm 139:17
If you can see Good in creation, the plants, birds, minerals, and beasts, what thoughts might you have, if God were your portion. Look at the ocean, the storms and tempests, the innumerable fish, both small and great, what would you think of having the author and commander of the earth and ocean for your portion? What would you give to enjoy him who gave them being, and who appoints and knows the number of the stars, and who calls them by name? If it were possible for you to look into the holy of holies, to mount up to heaven and see the royal palace of this great King, and if you could know the satisfying joy, the ravishing delight, the inconceivable pleasure which the spirits of just men made perfect have, and if you could see him as he is, there visible in the glorified Redeemer, and really know him as you are known, then reader, what would you think of this God for your portion? What a poor view you would now have of the beggarly portion that you now admire! What dung, what dog’s meat would the world be to you in comparison with God! You would leave the swine of earthly comforts, and the foolish children of disobedience who are paddling in the gutter of sensual waters, that you might have your portion among God’s children and your heritage among his chosen ones. All your love would be too little, and no labour too great for such an inestimable portion. Lord, let me partake of your special mercy. ‘Though others feed on husks, give me this bread of life. May you be the portion of my cup. Whatsoever you deny me, or howsoever you deal with me, give me yourself, and it shall be enough. You are the true paradise of all pleasure, a living fountain of happiness, and the original and exact pattern of all perfections.
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.