I Cannot But Rejoice

“Sometimes a light surprises, the Christian while he sings,
It is the Lord Who rises, with healing in His wings;
When comforts are declining, He grants the soul again,
A season of clear shining, to cheer it after the rain.

In holy contemplation, we sweetly then pursue,
The theme of God’s salvation, and find it ever new;
Set free from present sorrow, we cheerfully can say,
Let the unknown tomorrow, bring with it what it may.

Tomorrow can bring us nothing, but He will bear us through:
Who gives the lilies clothing, will clothe His people, too;
Beneath the spreading heavens, no creature but is fed;
And He Who feeds the ravens, will give His children bread.

Though vine nor fig tree neither, their wonted fruit should bear,
Though all the fields should wither, nor flocks or herds be there,
Yet God the same abiding, His praise shall tune my voice;
For while in Him confiding, I cannot but rejoice.”

– William Cowper

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Hope

“Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ has regarded my helpless estate,
And has shed His own blood for my soul.”
– Horatio G. Spafford

Eternal bliss, not contingent on temporal circumstances.

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Many Causes for Rejoicing

“Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the LORD that will stand.”
– Proverbs 19:21

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
– Psalm 84:11

“Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good! Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him! Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer want and hunger; but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.”
– Psalm 34:8-10

All affliction is “to their profit and advantage”

“All the afflictions that attend the people of God turn out to their profit and advantage. They are God’s furnace to cleanse and preserve his people. Saints thrive most internally when they are most afflicted. Afflictions lift up the soul to a fuller enjoyment of God… they keep the heart humble and tender… The more saints are beaten with the hammer of affliction, the more they trumpet God’s praises.”

– Thomas Brooks, Works of Thomas Brooks (Edinburgh: The Banner of Truth Trust, 2001), Volume 1: 47-54; as quoted by David P. Herding in Counseling the Depressed Person: The Puritan Alternative to Secular Psychology, 64-65.

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