Mark, my soul, the graciousness of thy God! Jesus is not only blessing his people when they follow him, but he will bless them by recovering them when they halt. And of all the tokens of grace, that is the most endearing which is manifested over the aboundings of transgression. We have a passage similar to this in the writings of Isaiah, in which the Lord complains of the baseness of his people: "But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel. Thou hast made me to server with thy sins, and thou hast wearied me with thine iniquities." One might suppose, after such a charge, and such instances of ingratitude, that the next account would be, that the Lord had given up Jacob to the curse, and Israel to reproaches: but, no! what saith the Lord? "I, even I, am lie that blotteth out thy transgressions, for mine own sake, and will not remember thy sins;" Isaiah xliii. 22, &c. How doubly refreshing is grace, when it comes over all our unworthiness, rebellions, and sins! See, my soul, how the Lord graciously overrules thine haltings, and makes a falling time to become a rising time, to his praise, and to thy comfort! Lord! confirm thy word unto thy servant, wherein thou hast caused me to hope! Do thou, Lord, in this day, thine own day, the gospel day, fulfil thy promise, and let all our haltings be healed, and "give us to run the way of thy commandments, when thou hast set our souls at liberty."From the POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.
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