The Lord Has Planted Grace

But you, O mountains of Israel, shall shoot out your branches, and yield your fruit to my people Israel; for they shall soon come home. See now, I am for you; I will turn to you, and you shall be tilled and sown.

Ezekiel 36:8-9
Joy is a fruit that will not grow
in nature’s barren soil;
all we can boast, till Christ we know,
is vanity and toil.

But where the Lord has planted grace;
and made his glories known;
there fruits of heavenly joy and peace
are found, and there alone.

A bleeding Savior seen by faith,
a sense of pardoning love;
a hope that triumphs over death,
give joys like those above.

To take a glimpse within the veil,
to know that God is mine;
are springs of joy that never fail,
unspeakably divine!

These are the joys which satisfy,
and sanctify the mind;
which make the spirit mount on high,
and leave the world behind.

No more, believers, mourn your lot,
But if you are the Lord’s;
Resign to them that know him not,
Such joys as earth affords.
 John Newton (1779)

For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.
 Matthew 20:1
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
Break the soil of my heart, Lord, that it may be open to receive the seeds of your grace.
After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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