2 Samuel 23:1-5 “Now these be the last words of David... Although my house be not so with God; yet he hath made with me an everlasting covenant, ordered in all things, and sure: for this is all my salvation, and all my desire, although he make it not to grow.”
On this day (26th October) 1751, Rev. Philip Doddridge died of tuberculosis. His famous book ‘The Rise and Progress of Religion in the Soul’ led William Wilberforce and others to Christ. He authored over four hundred poems and hymns, including “O Happy Day.” These generally were summaries of his sermons intended to help his congregation. The original name Doddridge gave to “O Happy Day” was “Rejoicing in our Covenant Engagement with God.”
O happy day that fixed my choice On Thee, my Saviour and my God! Well may this glowing heart rejoice, And tell its raptures all abroad.
‘Tis done– the great transaction's done; I am my Lord's, and He is mine; He drew me and I followed on, Rejoicing in the call divine.
Now rest, my long divided heart, Fixed on this blissful center, rest; Here have I found a nobler part, Here heav'nly pleasures fill my breast.
High heav'n that hears the solemn vow, That vow renewed shall daily hear; Till in life's latest hour I bow, And bless, in death, a bond so dear.
As Doddridge was dying of his illness at the age of forty-nine, his wife saw his lips moving and asked if he needed anything. “No,” he replied, “I am only renewing my covenant engagements with God.”
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Isaiah 46:4, “And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.” In this life God has never promised that all our days would be good days....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Mark 4:19, “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful.” The Lord says, “the thorns...choke the word” (Matthew 13:22)....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
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