Feasting from the Puritans’ table ~ Thomas Brooks



Romans 7:21-25

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18 For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh) nothing good dwells; for to will is present with me, but how to perform what is good I do not find. 19 For the good that I will to do, I do not do; but the evil I will not to do, that I practice. 20 Now if I do what I will not to do, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells in me.

21 I find then a law, that evil is present with me, the one who wills to do good. 22 For I delight in the law of God according to the inward man. 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. 24 O wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death? 25 I thank God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

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Psalm 51:3

For I acknowledge my transgressions,
And my sin is always before me.


Our struggle against sin is a difficult topic – unpleasant and painful not only to experience but to think about. But this struggle leads to a greater reliance upon and a settled confidence in our Saviour. Praise Jesus Christ forevermore!


Thomas Brooks (1608–1680) was an  English non-conformist Puritan  preacher and author. . . Spurgeon said of him, “Brooks scatters stars with both hands, with an eagle eye of faith as well as the eagle eye of imagination.” ~ Wikipedia


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“‘My sin is ever before me’ [Psalm 51.3].  A humble soul sees that he can stay no more from sin, than the heart can from panting, and the pulse from beating.  He sees his heart and life to be fuller of sin, than the firmament is of stars; and this keeps him low.  He sees that sin is so bred in the bone, that till his bones, as Joseph’s, be carried out of the Egypt of this world, it will not out.  Though sin and grace were never born together, and though they shall not die together, yet while the believer lives, these two must live together; and this keeps him humble.”

Thomas Brooks

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A word in season – A Thanksgiving Psalm


Brethren, a happy happy Thanksgiving to you! May we praise the Lord more and more as He leads us to our desired haven – heaven!

Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!


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Psalm 107 

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Thanksgiving to the Lord for His Great Works of Deliverance

107 Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.
Let the redeemed of the Lord say so,
Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the enemy,
And gathered out of the lands,
From the east and from the west,
From the north and from the south.

They wandered in the wilderness in a desolate way;
They found no city to dwell in.
Hungry and thirsty,
Their soul fainted in them.
Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He delivered them out of their distresses.
And He led them forth by the right way,
That they might go to a city for a dwelling place.
Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
For He satisfies the longing soul,
And fills the hungry soul with goodness.

10 Those who sat in darkness and in the shadow of death,
Bound in affliction and irons—
11 Because they rebelled against the words of God,
And despised the counsel of the Most High,
12 Therefore He brought down their heart with labor;
They fell down, and there was none to help.
13 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
14 He brought them out of darkness and the shadow of death,
And broke their chains in pieces.
15 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
16 For He has broken the gates of bronze,
And cut the bars of iron in two.

17 Fools, because of their transgression,
And because of their iniquities, were afflicted.
18 Their soul abhorred all manner of food,
And they drew near to the gates of death.
19 Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He saved them out of their distresses.
20 He sent His word and healed them,
And delivered them from their destructions.
21 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving,
And declare His works with rejoicing.

23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters,
24 They see the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He commands and raises the stormy wind,
Which lifts up the waves of the sea.
26 They mount up to the heavens,
They go down again to the depths;
Their soul melts because of trouble.
27 They reel to and fro, and stagger like a drunken man,
And are at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brings them out of their distresses.
29 He calms the storm,
So that its waves are still.
30 Then they are glad because they are quiet;
So He guides them to their desired haven.
31 Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men!
32 Let them exalt Him also in the assembly of the people,
And praise Him in the company of the elders.

33 He turns rivers into a wilderness,
And the watersprings into dry ground;
34 A fruitful land into barrenness,
For the wickedness of those who dwell in it.
35 He turns a wilderness into pools of water,
And dry land into watersprings.
36 There He makes the hungry dwell,
That they may establish a city for a dwelling place,
37 And sow fields and plant vineyards,
That they may yield a fruitful harvest.
38 He also blesses them, and they multiply greatly;
And He does not let their cattle decrease.

39 When they are diminished and brought low
Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow,
40 He pours contempt on princes,
And causes them to wander in the wilderness where there is no way;
41 Yet He sets the poor on high, far from affliction,
And makes their families like a flock.
42 The righteous see it and rejoice,
And all iniquity stops its mouth.

43 Whoever is wise will observe these things,
And they will understand the lovingkindness of the Lord.


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I love to tell the story of Jesus and His love!


Psalm 48:10

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According to Your name, O God,
So is Your praise to the ends of the earth;
Your right hand is full of righteousness.

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Matthew 1:21

“. . .And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”


In the short time I spent participating on Facebook, I learned a lot and grew. Facebook is a harvest field and a battlefield. 

This lovely hymn is being sung by Peter Jouhoon Lim, a young pastor who is ministering in a Presbyterian church in Adelaide. I met Peter while participating in a FB group focused on the Puritans. Please pray for Peter’s ministry and his family! 

 

 


 

A Word in season – The Book of Psalms


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Psalm 119:25

My soul clings to the dust;
Revive me according to Your word.

119:37

Turn away my eyes from looking at worthless things,
And revive me in Your way.

119:46

I will speak of Your testimonies also before kings,
And will not be ashamed.

Luther Bible, 1534, photo taken by Torsten Schleese in Lutherhaus Wittenberg, 1999, Public Domain, via Wikimedia.

Luther Bible, 1534, photo by Torsten Schleese, Lutherhaus, Wittenberg, 1999.