Joy and Strength 03/09

“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Ps. xxvii. i.

God is my strong salvation,
What foe have I to fear?
In darkness and temptation,
My light, my help, is near.
Though hosts encamp around me,
Firm to the fight I stand.
What terror can confound me
With God at my right hand?
James Montgomery.

ALL the spiritual enemies, all the enemies of a man’s own house, are to be destroyed by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ, working by His grace in the heart. And when salvation is brought home to the heart, and wrought out there by the Lord, it is to be enjoyed and abode in, and the soul is not to return back again into captivity; but, being delivered out of the hands of its inward and spiritual enemies, is to serve God in the dominion of His Son’s life, in holiness and righteousness all its days here upon the earth.
Isaac Penington.

Who does not know what it is to rise up from a fault — perceived, confessed, and forgiven — with an almost joyous sense of new energy, strength, and will to persevere?
H. L. Sidney Lear.

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