Monday, November 26, 2018

Watts: There is a stream

Monday, November 26, 2018
    Commemoration of Isaac Watts, Hymnwriter, 1748
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
    —Psalm 46:4 (NIV)
There is a stream, whose gentle flow
Supplies the city of our God;
Life, love, and joy still gliding through,
And watering our divine abode:

That sacred stream, thine holy word,
That all our raging fear controls;
Sweet peace thy promises afford,
And give new strength to fainting souls.
    ... Isaac Watts (1674-1748), Psalms of David Imitated [1719], in Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs, ed. Samuel Melanchthon Worcester, Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1834, Ps. 46, first part, p. 121 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 46:4; 1:2; 36:8-9; Isa. 35:6-10; Eze. 47:1-12; John 4:13-14; 7:37-39; Rev. 22:1-3
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You feed Your people with Your word.

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