Psalm 37:7, “Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.”
Yes, ‘rest’ the text says and ‘don’t fret’. Rest in Christ. Rest on His person and rest on His finished work. He is such a Saviour and so firm are His promises that we can confidently rest in Him.
David Dickson (1583-1663) was the Professor of Theology at Glasgow and later at Edinburgh. He was very influential in framing the minds and lives of those young ministers that suffered in Scotland in later decades. He is the author of many works that are still easily available today. He helped to draw up the Directory for Public Worship, and with James Durham compiled The Sum of Saving Knowledge. Both of these writings are usually printed with the Westminster Confession of Faith. The Sum of Saving Knowledge was instrumental in the conversion of Robert Murray M’Cheyne.
Dickson when dying was asked what was the principal subject on which his thoughts were engaged, and he answered, “I am gathering up all my good works, and all my bad works, tying them into one bundle, and throwing them all alike down at the foot of the cross, and am resting alone upon the finished work of Jesus.”
Yes, I rest in Thee, Beloved, Know what wealth of grace is Thine, Know Thy certainty of promise, And have made it mine.
1 Peter 1:3-4, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To an inheritance incorruptible, and...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
1 Peter 5:10 “But ye God of all grace, which hath called you to his euerlastinge glory in Christ Iesu, shal his owne selfe make you perfecte, which suffre a litle season: eue he shal settle, strength, and stablish you. If the text today...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Mark 4:41, “And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 5:15, “And they come to Jesus, and see him that was possessed with the devil, and had...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“Keep thy heart” (Proverbs 4:23) A good woman likes to keep her home, and good Christians should like to keep their hearts. To keep your heart can mean many things. Certainly to keep it clean and pure. To keep it safe from sin and the...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Isaiah 54:5, “For thy Maker is thine husband; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.” The Christian is united to a Divine and heavenly Husband—even...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
“And hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: thou hast set my feet in a large room” (Psalm 31:8). The saint has been liberated by Jesus Christ. He is no longer “shut up” but has been brought into a large place. This...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Psalms 90:12, “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” That Moses requests teaching about this matter of numbering his days shows how difficult a thing it is for us. We don’t do this numbering....[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Revelation 13:8, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” This day (14th January) in 1643 John Bois, one of the key...[ abbreviated | read entire ]
Proverbs 18:21, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” The tongue has the power of provision for the body. We know however it gives far more than food for the stomach. It can...[ abbreviated | read entire ]