Friday, June 18, 2010

mercy in the morning...

For just about three weeks, my morning devotions have included two 19th century Unitarian daily devotionals (both of which can be found online at Google Books.)  They have been a true aid in my spiritual life and I am grateful for them.  And speaking of gratitude, here is today's entry in "Day Unto Day."

"I will sing aloud of Thy mercy in the morning. Pa. lix. 16.

As a bird in meadows fair
Or in lonely forest sings.
Till it fills the summer air,
And the greenwood sweetly rings;
So my heart to Thee would raise,
O my God! its song of praise,
That the gloom of night is o'er,
And I see the sun once more. 1580.
The Christian's song of gladness is a psalm of gratitude, the echoes of which may be heard from every object around him. lie sympathizes with all the innocent joy on the earth; but he remembers that all this joy has a Source, and he looks beyond earth and earthly things. He regards his happiness as given; and he is grateful, and seeks to impart of his abundance, and make others happy and cheerful and grateful. — Greenwood
1 will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the Lord better than an ox or bullock that hath horns and hoofs. — Ps. Ixix. 30, 31."


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