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A song for morning worship that we sang in church yesterday. “I rest my weary soul in thee…”

Meditating on the glorious truths in this song, especially the stanza that says, ‘When through grace in Christ our trust is, justice smiles and asks no more.’

“Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord!” 
Hebrews 12:14

Are we holy? Shall we see the Lord?

In this hurrying, bustling world–let us stand still for a few minutes and consider the matter of holiness. It is a solemn thing to hear the Word of God saying, “Without holiness, no man shall see the Lord!”

A man may go great lengths in religion–and yet never reach true holiness.

What is true practical holiness?
It is not knowledge–Balaam had that.
It is not great profession–Judas Iscariot had that.
It is not doing many things–Herod had that.
It is not zeal for certain matters in religion–Jehu had that.
It is not morality and outward respectability of conduct–the rich young ruler had that.
It is not taking pleasure in hearing preachers–the Jews in Ezekiel’s time had that.
It is not keeping company with godly people–Joab and Gehazi and Demas had that.

Yet none of these were holy people! These things alone, are not holiness. A man may have any one of them–and yet never see the Lord!

Let me try to draw a picture of Biblical holiness, that we may see it clearly before the eyes of our minds.

1. Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture.

2. A holy man will endeavor to shun every known sin, and to keep every known commandment.

3. A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ.

4. A holy man will follow after meekness, patience, gentleness, patience, kind tempers, and government of his tongue.

5. A holy man will follow after temperance and self-denial.

6. A holy man will follow after love and brotherly kindness.

7. A holy man will follow after a spirit of mercy and benevolence towards others.

8. A holy man will follow after purity of heart.

9. A holy man will follow after the fear of God.

10. A holy man will follow after humility.

11. A holy man will follow after faithfulness in all the duties and relations in life.

12. Last–but not least, a holy man will follow after spiritual-mindedness. 

~J.C. Ryle, “Holiness, Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots

HT: Grace Gems

 

 

  • Jesus, cast a look on me;
    Give me sweet simplicity;
    Make me poor, and keep me low,
    Seeking only Thee to know.
  • All that feeds my busy pride,
    Cast it evermore aside;
    Bid my will to Thine submit,
    Lay me humbly at Thy feet.
  • Make me like a little child,
    Of my strength and wisdom spoiled;
    Seeing only in Thy light,
    Walking only in Thy might;
  • Leaning on Thy loving breast,
    Where a weary soul may rest;
    Feeling well the peace of God
    Flowing from Thy precious blood.
  • In this posture let me live,
    And hosannas daily give;
    In this temper let me die,
    And hosannas ever cry.

We sang this during worship yesterday.  I’ve been humming it all day, so I thought I’d share it.

O LORD,

I marvel that you would become incarnate,
be crucified, dead, and buried.
The grave calls forth my adoring wonder,
for it is empty and Your are risen;
the gospels attest to it,
the living witnesses prove it,
my heart’s experience knows it.

Grant that I may die with You that I may rise to new life,
for I wish to be as dead and buried to sin,
to selfishness, to the world;
that I might not hear the voice of the charmer,
and might be delivered from his lusts.  

O Lord, there is much ill about me — crucify it,
much flesh within me — mortify it. 

Cleanse me from selfishness,
the fear of man, the love of approval,
the shame of  being thought of old-fashioned,
the desire to be cultivated or modern.

Let me reckon my old life dead because of the crucifixion,
and never feed it as a living thing.

Grant me to stand with my dying Saviour,
to be content to be rejected,
and to be willing to take up unpopular truths,
and to hold fast despised teachings until death.

Help me to be resolute and Christ-contained.

Never let me wander from the path of obedience to Your will.  

Strengthen me for the battles ahead.

Give me courage for all the trials, and grace for all the joys.

Help me to be a holy, happy person, flee from every wrong desire,
from everything contrary to Your mind.

Grant me more and more of the resurrection life:
may it rule me,
may I walk in its power,
and be strengthened through its influence.

~from Valley of Vision, p. 172