Firmly believing that my times are in God’s hand, I here submit myself and all my affairs for the ensuing year, to the wise and gracious disposal of God’s divine providence. Whether God appoints for me health or sickness, peace or trouble, comforts or crosses, life or death, may His holy will be done!
All my time, strength, and service, I devote to the honor of the Lord Jesus, and even my common actions. It is my earnest expectation, hope, and desire, my constant aim and endeavor, that Jesus Christ may be magnified in me.
In everything I have to do, my entire dependence is upon Jesus Christ for strength. And whatever I do in word or deed, I desire to do all in His name, to make Him my Alpha and Omega. I have all from Him, and I would use all for Him.
If this should prove a year of affliction, a sorrowful year to me, I will fetch all my supports and comforts from the Lord Jesus and stay myself upon Him, His everlasting consolations, and the good hope I have in Him through grace.
And if it should be my dying year, then my times are in the hand of the Lord Jesus. And with a humble reliance upon His mediation, I would venture into the eternal world looking for the blessed hope. Dying as well as living, Jesus Christ will, I trust, be gain and advantage to me.
Oh, that the grace of God may be sufficient for me, to keep me always a humble sense of my own unworthiness, weakness, folly, and infirmity, together with a humble dependence upon the Lord Jesus Christ for both righteousness and strength.
My times are in Your hand! – Psalm 31:15
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I wish I could be more like this. What a beautiful piece. Thank you.
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Thank you Doug….I have wanted to say thank you before, but I have continued to read this writing from Matthew Henry, and found it fitting to thank you on this New Year’s Eve. We all have the capacity, by God’s grace, to be more like this, and it is my prayer that you and I and all others who have read this have committed themselves to resolve to live in the manner which has been presented. These are not “big time” resolutions, but involve ten thousand little resolutions daily as we yield ourselves to God and allow Him to transform us by the renewing of our mind and conform us to the image of Christ…..Happy New Year…I trust you will continue to post meaningful postings like this in the future….Greg