August 15, 2022     8:47 am
182. Week of Sixth Sunday after Easter - Saturday
I am black, but comely - black with sin
          I am black, but comely.   Song of Solomon 1:5
          Come, dear Christian, let us show you how to move the Saviour to draw you after Him to heaven. True, His own compassionate heart moves Him to do this. But doesn't He also want be asked? O redeemed Christian, beloved of your Saviour, look into the mirror, the mirror of God's holy Law, and you will see that of yourself you are black, black with sin. And if you consider all that He did for you, what grace He bestowed upon you, and how He gave you His Holy Spirit, and then look upon yourself, then you will be constrained to admit, with a heart full of shame, that even yet you are black beyond measure. But now look into the light of His Gospel. What you see there will move you to say:
          Thou, O Christ, art all I want;
          More than all in Thee I find;
          Raise the fallen, cheer the faint,
          Heal the sick, and lead the blind.
          Just and holy is Thy name;
          I am all unrighteousness:
          False and full of sin I am;
          Thou art full of truth and grace.
          Plenteous grace with Thee is found,
          Grace to cover all my sin;
          Let the healing streams abound;
          Make and keep me pure within.
          Thou of life the Fountain art,
          Freely let me take of Thee:
          Spring Thou up within my heart,
          Rise to all eternity.
          Yes, Christian, your Lord and Saviour has clothed you with His own righteousness, so dearly purchased, and has given you the Spirit of faith, for you to wrap yourself in and in it to appear before Him. And so, so He loves you, and cannot leave you, and draws you after Him to heaven. And the blacker you seem to yourself, and the more firmly you draw about you the folds of His righteousness, purchased for you and given to you, the more He loves you, all the more you may be assured that He cannot leave you the more lovingly does He draw you after Him. And when you say to Him that in yourself, indeed, you are black, but that in His righteousness, imputed to you, and in His beauty you are comely then His heart yearns for you, and He holds out His arms to you, and He draws you, body and soul, after Him to heaven.- See, so you may move Jesus to draw you after Him.
          PRAYER: - My Lord and Saviour, I am altogether black with sin, and You can have no pleasure in me. But in You, in Your righteousness, in Your bloody merit, with which You have clothed me, I am comely and beautiful; for there Your righteousness is without a flaw, Your merits without the least blemish. Arrayed with them I am sure to please You, O Lord, arrayed with them, You love me and must love me. Come now, and draw me to You and after You, until I shall be with You as Your own. Amen

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August 15, 2022     8:47 am