“LORD, by Your favor You have made my mountain stand strong; You hid Your face, and I was troubled.” Psalm 30:7
See, my soul, in this verse, a picture of your own experience; surely your case resembles David’s. When I look up to Heaven, how often do I see the sun both shine and set! When I look down into myself, how often do I see my comforts rise and fall! 0ne while, I am upon Mount Tabor and have a glance of Heaven; another while, I lie in the valley of Bochim, weeping because I have lost sight of my heavenly country. Joshua’s long day is many times turned into Paul’s sad night. When God would quicken my affections, He gives me a glance of Heaven, that so I may love what I see; when I begin to bless myself and rest in my happy privileges, He draws a veil over the bright vision, that I may rest in nothing but Himself, nor loathe what I have so much reason to love. He allows my happiness here to be imperfect, that I may be pressing on to that place where I shall be perfectly happy forever.
- Lord, when You show Yourself, let me love You;
- when my mountain stands strong, let me praise You;
- when You withdraw Yourself, let me follow You;
- when Your countenance is hid, let me still believe that You love me.
Under all my changes here, let my soul be always breathing, panting, longing, and reaching after You, until I shall so perfectly enjoy You, that I may never lose You more. And let me rejoice that amidst all my changes, Jesus is the same, and rest in His love to me. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever.
Devotion by Karl Heinrich von Bogatzky (1690—1774)
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