Today's Puritan Audio Devotional—
(Letters of John Newton)
"The Lord reigns! Let the earth rejoice!" Psalm 97:1
My dear madam,
He who once bore our sins, and carried our sorrows—is seated upon a throne of glory, and exercises all power in heaven and on earth! Thrones, principalities, and powers, bow before Him! His providence pervades and manages the whole universe, and is as minutely attentive to every part—as if there were only a single object in His view! From the tallest archangel—to the smallest ant or fly—all depend on Him for their being, their preservation, and their powers. He directs the sparrows where to build their nests, and where to find their food. He over-rules the rise and fall of nations; and bends, with an invincible power, and unerring wisdom—all events to His sovereign will! So that while many intend other outcomes—their designs all concur and coincide in the accomplishment of His holy will.
Jesus restrains with an almighty hand—the still more formidable efforts of the powers of darkness. Satan with all his hosts cannot exert their malice a hair's-breadth beyond the limits of His permission!
This omnipotent Savior is the head and husband of His believing people. How happy are those whom it is His good pleasure to bless! How safe are those whom He has engaged to protect! How honored and privileged are those to whom He is pleased to manifest Himself, and whom He enables and warrants to claim Him as their Friend and eternal portion!
Having redeemed them by His own blood—He esteems them as His treasure, His jewels; and protects them as the pupil of His eye! They shall not lack any good thing. They need not fear. His unerring eye is upon them in every situation; His ear is always open to their prayers; and His everlasting arms are under them for their sure support! On earth He guides their steps, controls their enemies, and directs all His dispensations for their spiritual good. While in heaven He is pleading their cause, preparing a glorious home for them, and communicating down to them reviving foretastes of the glory which they shall shortly enter into!
We sinful worms were once blind to His beauty, and insensible to His love, and would have remained so to the last—had He not revealed His goodness and grace to us!
"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!" Revelation 19:6