Brother Bernard, of Clairvaux, wishes health eternal to the most reverend among fathers, and to the dearest among friends, Guigues, Prior of the Grande Chartreuse, and to the holy Monks who are with him. But let them look to the great and precious promises of the gospel. But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it. He that chastiseth the heathen, shall not he correct? Let us be aware of the evils of our hearts, which lead us to wander from the Lord. As all knowledge is from God, no doubt he knows all the thoughts of the children of men, and knows that the imaginations of the thoughts of men's hearts are only evil, and that continually. The omission of all persecuting acts from the revision of the laws in 1750 was evidence that the worst features of the great schism were passing, that public opinion as a whole had grown averse to any great severity toward the Separatists as dissenters. God is his people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they are safe, and may be secure.
Good men sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerning God. Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710. They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. Psalms 107:25 For he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof. There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the days of their adversity, which shall not last always. Psalms 148:8 Fire, and hail snow, and vapour stormy wind fulfilling his word:. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless.
They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood. Yet they say, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob regard it. Lift up thyself, thou judge of the earth: render a reward to the proud. Is Religion One of the Theological Virtues? These prayers are prophecies, which speak terror to the sons of violence. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy.
The psalmist found succour and relief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. Understand, ye brutish among the people: and ye fools, when will ye be wise? The world's comforts give little delight to the soul, when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bring that peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannot give, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. There is a rest ordained for believers, the rest of everlasting refreshment, begun in this life, and perfected in the life to come. He that sends the trouble, will send the rest. Nevertheless remember, O Lord, that I am nothing, I have nothing, and can do nothing. These prayers are prophecies, which speak terror to the sons of violence.
Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord, and teachest him out of thy law; That thou mayest give him rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the wicked. Click the button below to continue. He that doeth these things shall never be moved. The danger and folly of persecutors. They slay the widow and the stranger, and murder the fatherless. How great is that God, whose the whole earth is, and the fulness thereof; who directs and disposes of all! In the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a snare for me.
That certainly is evil, which deserves such a recompence; and his threatenings are as sure as his promises. For he is our God; and we are the people of his pasture, and the sheep of his hand. Concise Chapter Contents The danger and folly of persecutors. Bernard of Clairvaux's Life of St. Or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? The gospel church is his flock, Christ is the great and good Shepherd of believers; he sought them when lost, and brought them to his fold. It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God takes particular notice of them. God is not subject to such passions as we are; but he is very angry at sin and sinners.
The indulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care and distrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Thomas Aquinas— On Prayer and The Contemplative Life 'The Lord is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? He is our Saviour, and the Author of our blessedness. Let this encourage those who suffer wrong, to bear it with silence, committing themselves to Him who judges righteously. Try it free for 30 days! He that formed the eye, shall he not see? It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts, because God takes particular notice of them. But judgment shall return unto righteousness: and all the upright in heart shall follow it.
He should see mercy through his sufferings. This is the rest which God calls his rest. As an account holder, you can highlight Bible verses, mark your favorites, and take notes. The Lord is to be praised; we do not want matter, it were well if we did not want a heart. I will walk within my house with a perfect heart.