Thursday, August 25, 2016

Rutherford: the debt of praise

Thursday, August 25, 2016
The heavens declare the glory of God;
    the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
    night after night they display knowledge.
There is no speech or language
    where their voice is not heard.
    —Psalm 19:1-3 (NIV)
    Oh my debt of praise, how weighty it is, and how far run up! Oh, that others would lend me to pay, and teach me to praise.
    ... Samuel Rutherford (1600-1664), Letters of Samuel Rutherford, Edinburgh: William Whyte & Co., 1848, letter, Jan. 1, 1637, p. 136 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 19:1-3; 25:4; 51:15; Rev. 5:12
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, grant me words and voice to speak Your praises.
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