Thursday, December 28, 2017

Quarles: He is my Altar

Thursday, December 28, 2017
    Feast of the Holy Innocents
    What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.”
    —2 Corinthians 6:16 (NIV)
He is my Altar, I His holy place;
    I am His guest, and He my living food;
I’m His by penitence, He is mine by grace;
    I’m His by purchase, He is mine by blood;
        He’s my supporting elm, and I His vine:
Thus I my best beloved’s am; that He is mine.
    ... Francis Quarles (1592-1644), Quarles’ Emblems, London: James Nisbet and Co., 1861, p. 268 (see the book)
    See also 2 Cor. 6:16; Ps. 32:6; Acts 20:28; 1 Cor. 3:16,17
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, may I never forget that I am part of Your Temple.
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