This light affliction.

Psalm 119:75
I know, O Lord, that your rules are righteous,
And that in faithfulness you have afflicted me.

 

I asked the Lord, that I might grow
In faith, and love, and every grace;
Might more of His salvation know,
And seek more earnestly His face.
I hoped that in some favoured hour
At once He’d answer my request,
And by His love’s constraining power
Subdue my sins, and give me rest.
Instead of this, He made me feel
The hidden evils of my heart;
And let the angry powers of hell
Assault my soul in every part.
Yea more, with His own hand He seemed
Intent to aggravate my woe;
Crossed all the fair designs I schemed,
Blasted my gourds, and laid me low.
“Lord, why is this?” I trembling cried,
“Wilt Thou pursue Thy worm to death?”
“Tis in this way,” the Lord replied,
“I answer prayer for grace and faith.
These inward trials I employ
From self and pride to set thee free;
And break thy schemes of earthly joy,
That thou may’st seek thy all in me.”

John Newton

 

 

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  1. Reblogged this on Justification by Grace and commented:
    My dear friend and sister in Christ, Teresa, posts this blessed poem from John Newton. Not meaning to be pun-ny this time, I am simply amazed at the grace of God bestowed upon this blessed pastor, preacher and hymn writer. Many of you know that I dabble just a bit in scriptural paraphrases and theological poems and hymns; I, however, can never hold a candle to the blessed truths produced by John Newton, beloved friend to the non-conformists. Enjoy.

  2. Teresa

    Thank you and God bless you Brother Jon!

  3. Teresa, This is such a beautiful hymn. I also posted it on my blog in May when my mother died as it brought such a comfort.
    Blessings to you my friend.
    And to our brother Jon.

  4. I love this hymn ♥ Thanks for sharing this, Teresa. God bless you.

  5. How I love this hymn and wept many times over the words.

  6. This goes right along with the sermon from Sunday morning. That was such a good sermon! Thank you for posting this.

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