Monday, July 17, 2023

Cowper: Jesus! where'er thy people meet

Monday, July 17, 2023
    [Jesus:] “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.”
    —John 10:11 (NIV)
Jesus! where’er thy people meet,
There they behold thy mercy-seat;
Where’er they seek thee, thou art found,
And every place is hallow’d ground.

Dear Shepherd of thy chosen few!
Thy former mercies here renew;
Here to our waiting hearts proclaim
The sweetness of thy saving name.
    ... William Cowper (1731-1800), The Works of William Cowper: his life, letters, and poems, New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 1851, p. 676 (see the book)
    See also John 10:11-15; Ex. 3:5; 25:17-18; Ps. 85:6; Matt. 18:20; Rom. 9:15-16; 2 Thess. 2:13-14; Heb. 10:25; Jas. 1:18; 1 Pet. 2:9-10
Quiet time reflection:
    Lord, renew us once more.

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