February 14, 2022

Sequestered with God

My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make melody. Awake, my soul! 
Psalm 108:1
Sequester yourself from all earthly employments, and set apart some time to spend with God. You cannot come directly from the world into God's presence without finding a saver of the world in your duties. It is with the heart (a few minutes since plunged in the world, now in the presence of God) just as with the sea after a storm, which is still muddy and disquiet, though the wind and storm be over. Your heart must have some time to settle. Few musicians can take an instrument and play upon it without some time and labor to tune it; few Christians can say with David, 'My heart is fixed, O God.' When you go to God in any duty, take your heart aside and say, 'O my soul, I am now engaged in the greatest work that a creature was ever employed about; I am going into the awesome presence of God. O my soul, quit trifling; be composed, be watchful, be serious; this is no common work, it is soul-work; it is the work of eternity.' Pause awhile and consider your sins, your wants, your troubles; keep your thoughts awhile on these before you address yourself to duty. David first mused, and then spoke with his tongue.
 John Flavel, On Keeping the Heart (alt.)

May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light.
 Colossians 1:11-12 (NLT)
Prayer after thinking about today's devotion:
In your will, O God, I find peace.
In your love I find rest.
In your service I find joy.
You are all my heart's desire.
Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire other than you.
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After your own thanksgivings & petitions, close with the Lord's Prayer.
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