Monday, June 02, 2014

Dekker: to sing

Monday, June 2, 2014
    [Jesus:] “I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me—just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep.”
    —John 10:14-15 (NIV)
    Grant this, O my God, for thy Son’s sake, Jesus Christ, or if it be thy pleasure to cut me off before night, and that this flower of my youth shall fade in all the beauty of it, yet make me, O my gracious Shepherd, for one of thy Lambs, to whom thou wilt say, Come you blessed, and clothe me in a white robe of righteousness that I may be one of those singers who shall cry to thee Allelluia.
    ... Thomas Dekker (ca. 1572-1632), from Foure Birdes of Noah’s Arke, “The Dove”, The Non-dramatic Works of Thomas Dekker, v. V, private circulation only, 1886, p. 18 (see the book)
    See also John 10:1-16; Job 29:14; Isa. 40:7; 61:10; Matt. 18:12-14; Luke 15:4-7; Rev. 6:11; 19:1-2
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I praise You forever.
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