Joy and Strength 01/27

As the hart panteth after the waterbrooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.
Ps. xlii. i.

Singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.
Eph. v. 19.

Lord, make my heart a place where angels sing!
For surely thoughts low-breathed by Thee
Are angels gliding near on noiseless wings;
And where a home they see

Swept clean, and garnished with adoring joy,
They enter in and dwell.
And teach that heart to swell
With heavenly melody, their own untired employ.
John Keble.

LET your heart and desires continually hold converse with God, in heartfelt simplicity. Reflect on Him with feelings of love and reverence, and often offer up your heart, with all that you have and are, to Him, in spirit and in truth, as cordially and sincerely as possible. If through weakness or unfaithfulness vou forsake this exercise, which is so incredibly helpful and beautiful, all you have to do is, meekly and heartily to begin again; and do not be weary of it, although in the beginning you may not find any great advantage from it, or make any rapid progress in it. It is not true that such a mode of life is hard; it is easy and pleasant to the spirit, and becomes in due time like a heaven upon earth. A little patience and courage alone are needed.
Gerhard Tersteegen

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