“As Christ shall live and reign, be known, loved and adored eternally, let us take His yoke upon us, for it is light; let us receive Him as the Lord our righteousness; let us richly partake of His Spirit; let us follow His footsteps; let us be kind to His people and cast in our lot with them; let us not live to ourselves, but to Him that bought us with His blood; let us glory in His cross; let us not be offended in Him, nor ashamed of Him or His work; let us live and die in His service and to His glory.”
– William S. Plumer
“But the God we must see is not the utilitarian God who is having such a run of popularity today, whose chief claim to men’s attention is His ability to bring them success in their various undertakings and who for that reason is being cajoled and flattered by everyone who wants a favor. The God we must learn to know is the Majesty in the heavens, God the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, the only wise God our Savior. . . . The knowledge of the holy God is a free gift to men who are open to receive it.
First, we must forsake our sin. . . . “Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”
Second, there must be an utter committal of the whole life to Christ in faith. This is what it means to “believe in Christ.” It involves a volitional and emotional attachment to Him accompanied by a firm purpose to obey Him in all things. . .
Third, there must be a reckoning of ourselves to have died unto sin and to be alive unto God in Christ Jesus, followed by a throwing open of the entire personality to the inflow of the Holy Spirit. Then we must practice whatever self-discipline is required to walk in the Spirit, and trample under our feet the lust of the flesh.
Fourth, we must boldly repudiate the cheap values of the fallen world. . . .
Fifth, we must practice the art of long and loving meditation upon the majesty of God. . . The focal point of man’s interest is now himself. Humanism in its various forms has displaced theology as the key to the understanding of life. . . .
God is a Person and can be known in increasing degrees of intimate acquaintance as we prepare our hearts for the wonder. . . .
Sixth, as the knowledge of God becomes more wonderful, greater service to our fellow men will become for us imperative. This blessed knowledge is not given to be enjoyed selfishly. The more perfectly we know God the more we will feel the desire to translate the new-found knowledge into deeds of mercy toward suffering humanity. The God who gave all to us will continue to give all through us to know Him better (The Knowledge of the Holy, pp. 121-23).
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied (Matthew 5:6).”
– A. W. Tozer
“30) I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving.
31) This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or a bullock that hath horns and hoofs.
32) The humble shall see this and be glad, and your heart shall live, that seek God.
33) For the Lord heareth the poor, and despiseth not His prisoners.
34) Let the heaven and earth praise Him, the seas and every thing that moveth therein.”
31) Я буду славить имя Бога [моего] в песни, буду превозносить Его в славословии,
32) и будет это благоугоднее Господу, нежели вол, нежели телец с рогами и с копытами.
33) Увидят [это] страждущие и возрадуются. И оживет сердце ваше, ищущие Бога,
34) ибо Господь внемлет нищим и не пренебрегает узников Своих.
35) Да восхвалят Его небеса и земля, моря и все движущееся в них;
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
“1) Lord, remember David and all his afflictions—
2) how he swore unto the Lord and vowed unto the Mighty God of Jacob:
3) “Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
4) I will not give sleep to mine eyes or slumber to mine eyelids
5) until I find out a place for the Lord, a habitation for the Mighty God of Jacob.”
6) Lo, we heard of it at Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of the wood:
7) “We will go into His tabernacles; we will worship at His footstool.”
8) Arise, O Lord, into Thy rest, Thou and the ark of Thy strength.
9) Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Thy saints shout for joy.
10) For Thy servant David’s sake, turn not away the face of Thine anointed.
11) The Lord hath sworn in truth unto David; He will not turn from it: “Of the fruit of thy body I will set upon thy throne.
12) If thy children will keep My covenant and My testimony that I shall teach them, their children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore.”
13) For the Lord hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for His habitation:
14) “This is My rest for ever; here will I dwell, for I have desired it.
15) I will abundantly bless her provision, I will satisfy her poor with bread.
16) I will also clothe her priests with salvation, and her saints shall shout aloud for joy.
17) There will I make the horn of David to bud; I have ordained a lamp for Mine anointed.
18) His enemies will I clothe with shame, but upon himself shall his crown flourish.””