Friday, July 02, 2021

Taylor: four meditations for sleepless nights

Friday, July 2, 2021
I have considered my ways
    and have turned my steps to your statutes.
I will hasten and not delay to obey your commands.
    —Psalm 119:59 (NIV)
    Meditate on Jacob’s wrestling with the angel all night: be thou also importunate with God for a blessing, and give not over till He hath blessed thee.
    Meditate on the angel passing over the children of Israel, and destroying the Egyptians for disobedience and oppression; pray for the grace of obedience and charity, and for the divine protection.
    Meditate on the angel who destroyed in a night the whole army of the Assyrians for fornication; call to mind the sins of thy youth, the sins of thy bed; and say with David, “My reins chasten me in the night season, and my soul refuseth comfort:” pray for pardon and the grace of chastity.
    Meditate on the agonies of Christ in the garden, his sadness and affliction all that night; and thank and adore Him for His love, that made Him suffer so much for thee; and hate thy sins which made it necessary for the Son of God to suffer so much.
    ... Jeremy Taylor (1613-1667), Holy Living [1650], in The Whole Works of the Right Rev. Jeremy Taylor, D.D., v. III, London: Longman, Brown, Green & Longmans, 1847, p. 41 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 119:59-60; Gen. 32:22-30; Ex. 11:4-12:30; Ps. 1:2; 16:7; 19:14; 63:5-6; 77:12; 104:34; 119:11; 143:5; Isa. 37:33-36; Matt. 26:36-50; Mark 14:32-46; Luke 22:39-49; Jude 1:23
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, the thought of You drives away evil.
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