What Various Hindrances We Meet

What various hindrances we meet
In coming to a mercy–seat?
Yet who that knows the worth of prayer,
But wishes to be often there.

Prayer makes the darkened cloud withdraw,
Prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw;
Gives exercise to faith and love,
Brings every blessing from above.

Restraining prayer, we cease to fight;
Prayer makes the christian’s armor bright;
And Satan trembles, when he sees
The weakest saint upon his knees.

While Moses stood with arms spread wide,
Success was found on Israel’s side;
But when through weariness they failed,
That moment Amalek prevailed.

Have you no words? ah, think again,
Words flow apace when you complain;
And fill your fellow–creature’s ear
With the sad tale of all your care.

Were half the breath thus vainly spent,
To heav’n in supplication sent;
Your cheerful song would oft’ner be,
Hear what the LORD has done for me

– William Cowper, The Olney Hymns

God is Incomparable in His Attributes (3)

Those attributes are all one in God. His justice is his mercy,
and his wisdom is his patience, and his knowledge is his faithfulness,
and his mercy is his justice, &c. Though they are distinguished
in regard of their objects, and in regard of our apprehensions
of them, and in regard of their effects, yet they are all one in
themselves ; and this floweth from the former head, because they
are the essence of God, and his essence is a pure undivided being.
In men and angels, these attributes or perfections are different and
several, for they may have one without the other. Their righteousness
is one thing, and their power another thing, and their
truth a third thing ; for we see in angels some that are strong and
powerful that are not righteous or faithful, and among men some
have one of these perfections who have not another ; yea, though in
good men all these perfections are in some degree, yet all are not
in any one in the same degree. There is scarce any saint who is
not more eminent for some spiritual excellency than for others ; but
in God they are all one and the same ; as when the sunbeams shine
through a yellow glass they are yellow, a green glass they are green,
a red glass they are red, and yet all the while the beams are the
same ; or as, when the sun shines on clay it hardens it, on wax it
softens it, on sweet flowers it draweth out their fragrancy, on dunghills
and ditches it draweth out their ill savours, yet still it is the
same sun and the same influences ; the difference iieth in the objects
and the effects. So the great God, who is always working in
the world, when he worketh towards the wicked in punishing he is
righteous, towards the godly in saving them he is merciful ; yet still
the same immutable Grod.

– George Swinnock, The Incomparableness of God

Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods. Jeremiah 16:20

Shall a man make gods unto himself, and they are no gods.
Jeremiah 16:20

One great besetting sin of ancient Israel was idolatry, and the spiritual Israel are vexed with a tendency to the same folly. Remphan’s star shines no longer, and the women weep no more for Tammuz, but Mammon still intrudes his golden calf, and the shrines of pride are not forsaken. Self in various forms struggles to subdue the chosen ones under its dominion, and the flesh sets up its altars wherever it can find space for them. Favourite children are often the cause of much sin in believers; the Lord is grieved when he sees us doting upon them above measure; they will live to be as great a curse to us as Absalom was to David, or they will be taken from us to leave our homes desolate. If Christians desire to grow thorns to stuff their sleepless pillows, let them dote on their dear ones.n And worship only thee.”

Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening