My times are in thy hand—Psa. 31: 15.
All of the Lord's consecrated servants devoted their lives to sacrifice when they became followers of the Lamb; and if they could but realize their consecration continually, they would be ready for the consummation at any moment at the Lord's pleasure and by whatever means or channel His providences may permit. The Lord's consecrated ones … are to remember that not a hair of their heads could fall without their Father's knowledge and permission, and the attitude of their hearts should be that expressed by our dear Redeemer. … The cup which my Father hath poured for me, shall I not drink it?" The language of their hearts should be that expressed by the poet:
Content whatever lot I see,
Since 'tis my God that leadeth me.
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This statement is true of the whole Church and of its individual members. God has a due time for all things connected with His Plan. Accordingly we see marvelous time features marking the experiences of the Church. The parallel dispensations especially prove this in many details, the exact time being observed to a day. Thus God allows no slips in the time features pertaining to the Church. This same care He exercises toward its individual members. He arranges each experience, attainment, work and privilege at the time that will most glorify Him and profit them.
Parallel passages: Gal. 4: 4; Rom. 5: 6; Dan. 9: 24-27; 12: 11-13; Luke 23: 46; John 13: 1; 17: 1; Acts 1: 6; 1Tim. 2: 6; 6: 15; 1Pet. 2: 23; Rev. 6: 11; 11: 2, 3; 14: 15.
Questions: What have been this week's experiences as to the text? How were they met? What was their effect?
MY TIMES ARE IN THY HAND
Psalm 31: 15.
FATHER, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me;
And the changes that are sure to come
I do not fear to see:
But I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.
I ask Thee for a thankful love,
Through constant watching wise,
To meet the glad with joyful smiles,
To wipe the weeping eyes,
And a heart at leisure from itself,
To soothe and sympathize.
I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or secret thing to know;
I would be dealt with as a child,
And guided where to go.
I ask Thee for the daily strength,
To none that ask denied;
And a mind to blend with outward life,
While keeping at Thy side,
Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.
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