by John Newton-
The Lords appointments, to those who fear him,
are not only sovereign, but wise and gracious.
He has connected their good with his own glory,
and is engaged by promise, to make all things
work together for their advantage.
He chooses for his people better than they
could choose for themselves-
if they are in heaviness, there is a need-be for it,
and he withholds nothing from them but what upon
the whole it is better they should be without.
Our trials are as certainly mercies, as our comforts.
Unless we are endued with fresh strength from on high,
we are as liable to complain and despond as if we thought our
afflictions sprang out of the ground, and the Lord had forgotten
to be gracious to us.