Archive for April, 2009

Repose in Thee

Friday, April 10th, 2009

I love the poetry of Gerhard Tersteegen. Here is another gem!

Reposing in Thee

Thou hidden love of God, whose height,
Whose depth unfathomed, no man knows,
I see from far Thy beauteous light,
And inly sigh for Thy repose;
My heart is pained, nor can it be
At rest till it finds rest in Thee.

What is there more that hinders me
From ent’ring to Thy promised rest
Abiding there substantially,
And being permanently blest?
O Love, my inmost soul expose,
And every hindrance now disclose!

Is there a thing beneath the sun,
That strives with Thee my heart to share?

Ah, tear it thence, and reign alone,
The Lord of every motion there!
Then shall my heart from earth be free,
When it hath found repose in Thee.

Tell me, O God! if aught there be
Of self, that wills not Thy control;
Reveal whate’er impurity
May still be lurking in my soul!
To reach Thy rest and share Thy throne,
Mine eye must look to Thee alone.

O love Thy sovereign aid impart,
To save me from low-thoughted care;
Chase this self-will from all my heart,
From all its hidden mazes there;
Make me Thy duteous child, that I
Ceaseless may, ‘Abba Father,’ cry.

Ah no! I would not backward turn;
Thine wholly, Thine alone I am!
Thrice happy he, who views with scorn
Earth’s toys, for Thee his constant flame!

O keep, that I may never move,
From the blest footsteps of Thy love!

Each moment draw from earth away,
My heart, that lowly waits Thy call;
Speak to my inmost soul, and say,
‘I am thy Love, thy God, thy All!’
To feel Thy power, to hear Thy voice,
To taste Thy love, be all my choice.

Find more poems of Gerhard Tersteegen and other meaningful Christian poems at the Christian poetry page at path2prayer.com.

Discovering Victory

Friday, April 3rd, 2009

“I can do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me.” Php 4:13

I just completed reading the little known autobiography of Hannah Whithall Smith. Raised a Quaker, she eventually came to know Jesus and was used of God to bring the knowledge of salvation to the people of her day, and countless people since. Perhaps you know of her as a result of reading The Christian’s Secret of a Happy Life. I don’t agree with everything she says in autobiography–there are some Quaker leanings that come through–but there are some gems that are so clear they are worth sharing. I have posted a few chapters of the book on path2prayer.com, including one on discovering victory.

Here is a paragraph from “Discovering Victory”:

“The present attitude of my soul is that of trusting in the Lord. And I have found it is a practical reality that He does deliver. When temptation comes, if I turn at once to Him, breathing this prayer: ‘Lord, save me. I cannot save myself from this sin, but Thou canst and wilt,’ He never fails me. Either He completely changes my feelings in the case, or He causes me to forget all about it, and my victory, or rather His victory is entire. This is a secret of the Christian life that I never knew before…. But why have I not know it? Why has my course been such a halting, miserable one, when I might have lived in victory? What a striking proof I have been of the inherent legality and unbelief of the human heart, for, while trusting the Lord entirely and only for my justification, I have always been trusting myself for my sanctification…. I have depended upon my own efforts, my own resolutions, my own watchfulness, my own fervency, my own strivings, to accomplish the work of holy living. This was legality. It was as truly legality as if I had trusted to these things to save my soul in the first place. I was ‘frustrating’ the grace of God as really in regard to my sanctification as those whom I have been used to condemn so utterly as legalists, were doing it in regard to their justification. I could easily see how they made the death of Christ of none effect by their legal striving, but I was blind to the fact that I also was doing the same thing. Our strivings to be sure were with a different end in view, but it was still in both cases our own striving—in both it was self, and not Christ. ‘For, if righteousness come by the law, then Christ is dead in vain.’ But now how different it is! Now I commit my daily life to Him, as well as my future destiny, and I trust Him just as nakedly for the one as for the other. I am equally powerless in both cases. I can do nothing—not even I, the new man,—and if the Lord does not do it all, it will not be done. But oh! glorious truth, He does do it! When I trust Him He gives me deliverance from the power of sin as well as from its guilt. I can leave all in His care-my cares, my temptations, my growth, my service, my daily life, moment by moment. Oh the rest and calm of a life like this!”

You can find the rest of her Discovering Victory at the new resources page on path2prayer.com where you will also find more on the same subject.