Praise the Lord and from whom all blessings flow. Another day to thank the Lord for our moment on the earth. It is with gratitude, my brothers and sisters we gather around the Throne of grace to tell our God thanks for what He has done for us. Let us read this short portion of scripture and see what the Lord will tell us this morning.
A very present help—Psalm 46:1
What a Friend we have in Jesus, all our sins and griefs to bear!
What a privilege to carry everything to God in prayer!
O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,
All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, you do not make use of Christ as you ought to. Hear what He says in this other verse.
Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?
We should never be discouraged; take it to the Lord in prayer.
Can we find a friend so faithful who will all our sorrows share?
Jesus knows our every weakness; take it to the Lord in prayer.
When you are in trouble, why do you not tell him all your grief? Has he not a sympathizing heart, and can he not comfort and relieve you? No, you are going around to all your friends, except your best Friend, and telling your tale everywhere except into the bosom of your Lord.
Are we weak and heavy laden, cumbered with a load of care?
Precious Savior, still our refuge, take it to the Lord in prayer.
Do your friends despise, forsake you? Take it to the Lord in prayer!
In His arms He’ll take and shield you; you will find a solace there.
Are you burdened with this day’s sins? Here is a fountain filled with blood: use it, saint of God, use it, my beloved brothers and sisters use it. Has a sense of guilt returned upon you? Are you feeling guilty of thing you have done wrong and hurt other people? Now is the perfect time to go to Him. The pardoning grace of Jesus may be proved again and again. Come to him at once for cleansing. Do you deplore your weakness? He is your strength: why not lean upon him?
Do you feel naked? Come here, soul; put on the robe of Jesus’ righteousness. Don’t stand looking at it, but wear it. Strip off your own righteousness, and your own fears too: put on the fair white linen, for it was meant to wear.
Do you feel sick? Pull the night-bell of prayer, and call up the Beloved Physician! He will give the cordial that will revive you.
Blessed Savior, Thou hast promised Thou wilt all our burdens bear
May we ever, Lord, be bringing all to Thee in earnest prayer.
Soon in glory bright unclouded there will be no need for prayer
Rapture, praise and endless worship will be our sweet portion there.
You are poor, but then you have “a kinsman, a mighty man of wealth.” What! will you not go to him, and ask him to give you of his abundance, when he has given you this promise, that you shall be joint heir with him, and has made over all that he is and all that he has to be yours?
There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for his people to make an exhibit of him, and not to use him. He loves to be employed by us. The more burdens we put on his shoulders, the more precious will he be to us.
You would have read those words of the hymn in red written in 1855 and every day it is like yesterday but you I want you to be reminded of who you are and your burden bearer every day.
Your servant and brother,
+ Sir Godfrey Gregg
Archbishop and Presiding Prelate
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