Joy and Strength 03/03

Hungry and thirsty, their soul fainted in them. Then they cried unto the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them out of their distresses.
Ps. cvii. 5, 6.

Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.
Matt. v. 6.

Thou hear’st the hungry ravens when they cry,
And to Thy children shalt thou not send bread,
Who on Thy aid alone for help rely,
And in the steps of Christ alone would tread ?
They shall not cry for righteousness in vain.
But bread from heaven Thy hand shall soon supply.
Jones Very.

IF God had not said, Blessed are those that hunger, I know not what could keep weak Christians from sinking in despair; many times all I can do is to find and complain that I want Him, and wish to recover Him; now this is my stay, that He in mercy esteems us not only by having, but by desiring also; and, after a sort, accounts us to have that which we want and desire to have. Joseph Hall.

Honest sighing is faith breathing and whispering in the ear; the life is not out of faith, where there is sighing, looking up with the eyes, and breathing toward God.
Samuel Rutherford.

He never yet rejected the feeble soul which clung to Him in love.
H. L. Sidney Lear.

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