Thursday, September 01, 2022

Woolman: God moves the heart

Thursday, September 1, 2022
    Commemoration of Giles of Provence, Hermit, c.710
Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD:
    let thy lovingkindness and thy truth continually preserve me.
    —Psalm 40:11 (KJV)
    The Lord (whose tender mercies are over all his works, and whose ear is open to the cries and groans of the oppressed) is graciously moving on the hearts of people, to draw them off from the desire of wealth, and bring them into such a humble, lowly way of living, that they may see their way clearly to repair to the standard of true righteousness; and not only break the yoke of oppression, but know him to be their strength and support in a time of outward affliction.
    ... John Woolman (1720-1772), The Works of John Woolman, Philadelphia: Benjamin & Jacob Johnson, 1800, p. 198 (see the book)
    See also Ps. 40:11; Isa. 61:1-3; Hos. 11:4; John 6:44; 12:32; 2 Cor. 5:14
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, You will lift all oppression off Your people.
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