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Bless the Lord

O Lord, I bless you, not only for your pardon of those sins I have committed, but also for your goodness in preserving me from those many thousands of other sins I was prone to fall into.

If I could repent to the highest degree, or achieve the holiness of men and angels, it could not make up the damage sin has made upon me.

Who was more plunged into sin than I? Whose diseases were greater than mine? It may be that thousands and thousands of other souls are now taking their place in hell, for less and fewer sins than I have committed.

I do not call upon you to repeal any threat or nullify your word. I do not ask you to become unjust. But your wisdom has found out a way that I may be pardoned and you may be satisfied.

Your overflowing goodness overcomes me. If only I had the hearts of all men and angels to praise you. Amen.

Anthony Burgess (1600-1663) taken from Piercing Heaven, 217.

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All Spiritual Blessings in Christ

All the spiritual blessings wherewith the Church is enriched are in and by Christ. The apostle instances some of the choicest (Eph. 1:3). Our election is by him (Eph 1:4). Our adoption is by him (Eph 1:5). Our redemption and remission of sins are both through him. All the gracious transactions between God and his people are through Christ. God loves us through Christ; he hears our prayers through Christ; he forgives us all our sins through Christ. Through Christ he justifies us; through Christ he sanctifies us; through Christ he upholds us; through Christ he perfects us. All his relations to us are through Christ; all we have is from Christ; all we expect to have hangs upon him. He is the golden hinge upon which all our salvation turns.

—Charles H. Spurgeon citing Ralph Robinson
My Sermon Notes (Passmore and Alabaster, 1884)

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Underdoers Blessed in Christ

Though no believer does what he should do, yet doubtless every believer might do more than he does, in order to God’s glory, and his own and others’ internal and eternal good.

We have many promises concerning divine assistance; and if we did but stir up the grace of God that is in us, we should find the assistance of God, and the glorious breaking forth of his power and love, according to his promise and the work that he requires of us.

They are blessed that do what they can, though they cannot but under-do.

—Charles H. Spurgeon
Smooth Stones Taken from Ancient Brooks (Passmore and Alabaster, 1903).

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Forget Not All His Benefits

Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits
Psalm 103:1–2

God’s children, when they have tasted of his mercy, break forth into his praise

This is the ultimate end of all of God’s blessings. Knowing this should stir us up all the more to this end.

Let us take notice of all God’s favours and blessings

Knowledge stirs up the affections. Blessing of God springs immediately from an enlarged heart, but enlargement of heart is stirred up from apprehension. For as things are reported to the knowledge, so the understanding reports them to the heart and affections. Therefore it is a duty that we ought to take notice of God’s favours, and with taking notice of them, to mind them, to remember them, forget not all his benefits.

—Richard Sibbes
Adapted from The Complete Works of Richard Sibbes, 3:24.