May 25

And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he might humble you, testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep his commandments or not.  Deuteronomy 8:2

In affliction God reveals the unknown corruptions in the hearts of his people: what pride, impatience, unbelief, idolatry, distrust of God, murmuring, and unthankfulness.  Sin lies very close and deep and is not easily discerned until the fire of affliction comes.  The furnace discovers the dross.  In the furnace we see more corruption than was ever suspected.  What self-love is there boiling and fretting within me, what pride, distrust in God, creature-confidence, discontent, murmuring, rising against the holy and righteous dispensations of God!  Woe is me, what a heart I have!  Affliction also brings old sins to remembrance: ‘We are guilty concerning our brother’ (Gen. 42:21).  Twenty years after they had sold him into slavery Joseph’s brothers recalled this in their affliction.  Suffering ties bring sin to mind.  In affliction, he empties us of ourselves to make us fly to Jesus Christ for righteousness and strength.  He lets us see what is crooked that we may straighten it; what is weak that we may strengthen it; what is lacking that we may supply it; and what is lame that it may not be turned out of the way.  Affliction also teaches us to pray.  They that have never prayed before, will pray in affliction.  They will pray more frequently and fervently.  David was always a praying man, but now under persecution he did nothing else (Psa. 109:4).  It is sad to consider that in our peace and tranquility, we pray carelessly by fits and starts, and let every trifle come before prayer  In our affliction, God keeps us upon our knees, Christ himself in agony prayed more intensively (Luke 22:44).  So with David (Psa. 22).  He gathered up all his strength to pray, and like a true son of Jacob, wrestled with God, and would not let him go until he got the blessing.

 

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.

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