Buttercups and Brackish Water by Glyn Baker
“If things do befall us when we have vexed ourselves into the possession of them, yet now they are mingled and brackish; they are not so clear and sweet…It will not at all have the relish of a mercy until we have repented of our former disturbance. He who is impatient until he has a good is usually unthankful when he receives it; for he knows not how to depend on God has yet to learn how to bless God. Neither can I expect a contentment of mind in the fruition, where there has been an unbelieving turbulence in the expectation…When the Israelites desired, by any means, to have a king, they had him, but it was in wrath…When God must answer, not our needs but our desires; not our wants but our pleasures, we usually find that such mercies prove to be hard crosses and troubles; and we scarce taste a delight before we break out into new complaints, so that by our vexing we have procured to ourselves a further burden.”
~Obadiah Sedgwick, Providence Handled Practically
Robert Traill (Sermons from 1 Peter 1:1-4), Works 4:141:
It is impossible that we can remember all God’s mercies, but it is a very sinful thing to forget his special mercies. They should be treasured up in our memories as the most precious jewels that we can lodge there. Our memory is a kind of room, in which we must lay up what we would keep safe; and a marvellous house our memory is. Now meditation is nothing else, if I may so say, but a man’s going from one chamber to another in this house, and to compare together, and to examine all God’s loving kindness towards us. When the Psalmist charges it on himself not to forget all his benefits, the man is far from meaning that he could remember them all; but he was desirous to charge himself with them as well as he could, and laboured to remember them as well as he could. This is the first thing that we should mind in praising the Lord; for unless the mind be well employed, fixedly and seriously employed, in thinking upon the Lord’s mercies, we shall never pay the debt of thankfulness and praise honestly and heartily.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/a-marvellous-house-our-memory-is.92622/, Comment 1
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 339:
O how incomparably greater is his condescendency and clemency, whose person is so high and sacred, whose laws are so just and holy, and we so base and wretched, – to pardon such infinite guilt, rebellion, and treachery, against such an infinite majesty; and that, when a soul doth but begin to blush, and be ashamed with itself, and cannot open its mouth! I say, this rare and unparalleled goodness and mercy being considered, cannot but tame and daunt the wildest and most savage natures. Wild beast are not brought into subjection and tamed, but by gentle usage. It is not fierceness and violence can cure their fierceness, but meekness and condescendency to follow their humours, and soft dealing with them. As a rod is not bowed by great strength, but broken, even so those things of the promise of pardon for sin, of the grace and readiness of God to pardon upon the easiest terms, are written for this end, that our wild and undaunted natures may be tamed, and may bow and submit willingly to the yoke of his obedience, and may henceforth knit such a sacred bond of friendship and fellowship with God, as may never be broken.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/wild-natures-tamed-by-grace.89551/, Comment 1
Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:133:
Moses was a man that obtained singular mercy from the Lord. It appeared in this, that he esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt, Heb. 11:26. He had excellent balances and true weights. He put in the one scale, Egypt’s honours, treasures, and pleasures (and how weighty are such things in the worldling’s balances!); and in the other, the reproach of Christ, and affliction with the people of God. His judgment on this weighing, is, That this reproach, because of Christ’s concern in it, and this affliction, because it is of and with God’s people, is better than all the other things. The true test of men’s spirits is justly taken from their settled inward apprehension of the worth and value of spiritual saving mercy, above all outward mercy.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/excellent-balances-and-true-weights.90851/, Comment 1
Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:119-120:
You will never be saved, you shall never see God’s face in glory, unless his mercy deal with you, and apply itself as particularly to you, as if there were no other person in the world to be saved by mercy besides thyself. There is indeed a blessed multitude of the vessels of mercy, and the Captain of our salvation brings many sons to glory, Heb. 2:10. But yet there is a personal particular application of saving mercy to every saved sinner. And for this application of mercy, we should come to the throne of grace. Though there be infinite mercy at his throne, and though many receive of this mercy; yet you must have of this mercy for yourselves, or you cannot be saved. Your soul is your own, and no man’s else; your danger, sin, and misery, is your own, and no man’s else; and the mercy that saves you, must be as much your own, and not another body’s mercy.
Robert Traill (The Throne of Grace), Works 1:129:
Whoever is made partaker of God’s special saving mercy, it shall never be taken from him. It shall never waste, nor spend, nor wear out; but shall stay with him, follow him, and grow up with him to eternity. The burden of that heaven-like song, Ps. 136, is six and twenty times repeated: For his mercy endureth for ever. How sweetly will it be sung from all the mansions in heaven, and by all the blessed dwellers in them! O give thanks to our God; for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever. Can you learn this song? as the word is, Rev. 14:3. Only the redeemed of the Lord can say so; but all they should say so, Ps. 107:1, 2. His mercy is most sweet; a crumb of it will save a starving soul, as Matt. 15:27. A large measure of it on earth, is a heaven. But the eternity of this mercy, is the mercy of this mercy. Time-mercies in regard of this, are no mercies.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/only-the-redeemed-of-the-lord-can-say-so.90839/, Comment 1
“God Moves in a Mysterious Way”
by William Cowper, 1731-1800
1. God moves in a mysterious way
His wonders to perform;
He plants His footsteps in the sea
And rides upon the storm.
2. Deep in unfathomable mines
Of never-failing skill
He treasures up His bright designs
And works His sovereign will.
3. Ye fearful saints, fresh courage take;
The clouds ye so much dread
Are big with mercy and shall break
In blessings on your head.
4. Judge not the Lord by feeble sense.
But trust Him for His grace;
Behind a frowning providence
He hides a smiling face.
5. His purposes will ripen fast,
Unfolding every hour;
The bud may have a bitter taste,
But sweet will be the flower.
6. Blind unbelief is sure to err
And scan His work in vain;
God is His own Interpreter,
And He will make it plain.