Monday, July 30, 2018

Wilberforce: on Sunday

Monday, July 30, 2018
    Commemoration of William Wilberforce, Social Reformer, 1833
I was glad when they said unto me,
    Let us go into the house of the LORD.
    —Psalm 122:1 (KJV)
    All these several artifices, whatever they may be, to unhallow the Sunday and to change its character (it might be almost said “to mitigate its horrors,’) prove but too plainly, that religion, however we may be glad to take refuge in it, when driven to it by the loss of every other comfort, and to retain, as it were, a reversionary interest in an asylum, which may receive us when we are forced from the transitory enjoyments of our present state; that in itself wears to us a gloomy and forbidding aspect, and not a face of consolation and joy; that the worship of God is with us a constrained and not a willing service, which we are glad therefore to abridge, though we dare not omit it.
    ... William Wilberforce (1759-1833), A Practical View, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1829, p. 174 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 122:1; 5:7; 63:1-3; 84:10; 1 Pet. 5:2-3;
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, sharpen my desire for worship.
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