Hope Rising

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Psalm 18:19

Psalm 18:19
He brought me out into a spacious place;
he rescued me because he delighted in me.

He brought me forth also into a large place. After pining awhile in the prison house Joseph reached the palace, and from the cave of Adullam David mounted to the throne. Sweet is pleasure after pain. Enlargement is the more delightful after a season of pinching poverty and sorrowful confinement. Besieged souls delight in the broad fields of the promise when God drives off the enemy and sets open the gates of the environed city. The Lord does not leave his work half done, for having routed the foe he leads out the captive into liberty. Large indeed is the possession and place of the believer in Jesus, there need be no limit to his peace, for there is no bound to his privilege.
He delivered me, because he delighted in me. Free grace lies at the foundation. Rest assured, if we go deep enough, sovereign grace is the truth which lies at the bottom of every well of mercy...Why Jehovah should delight in us is an question without an answer, and a mystery which angels cannot solve; but that he does delight in his beloved is certain, and is the fruitful root of favours as numerous as they are precious...
Charles Spurgeon

Monday, August 15, 2011

In silence, you leave the many to listen to the One.

Bonhoeffer writes, "Real silence, real stillness, really holding one's tongue comes only as the sober consequences of spiritual stillness"...Only when we learn to be truly silent are we able to speak the word that is needed when it is needed.
...Catherine de Haeck Doherty writes, " All in me is silent and...I am immersed in the silence of God." It is in solitude that we come to experience the "silence of God" and so receive the inner silence that is the craving of our hearts. 
Richard Foster
Silence your body to listen to your words. 
Silence your tongue to listen to your thoughts. 
Silence your thoughts to listen to your heart beating. 
Silence your heart to listen to your spirit.
Silence your spirit to listen to His Spirit.
In silence, you leave the many to listen to the One. 
Maggie Gobran
Where shall the world be found, where will the word resound?
Not here, there is not enough silence.
T.S. Eliot  

"Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."
Psalm 46:10

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

For those we love

Almighty God,

We entrust all who are dear to us to thy never failing care and love, for this life and the life to come, knowing that thou art doing for them better things than we can desire or pray for; through Jesus Christ our Lord.
From The Book of Common Prayer

Before me, even as behind,
God is —
and all is well.

John Greenleaf Whittier

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Oh, to have this kind of faith in my Father...

"If all the angels in heaven were to march by me in a file, and assure me that God would keep his word, I should say, 'I did not require you to tell me that, for the Lord never fails to be as good as his word.' God is so true that the witness of angels would be a superfluity. If my father were to make a statement, I certainly should not call in his servant to confirm it."
Charles Spurgeon

My Father, 

I believe.  Help Thou my unbelief. (Mark 9:24)

All that I have and all that I am is Yours.