Our “Samuel”

Choice words about answers to prayer!

He Hath Said

For this child I prayed. -1 Samuel 1:27

Devout souls delight to look upon those mercies which they have obtained in answer to supplication, for they can see God’s especial love in them. When we can name our blessings Samuel, that is, “asked of God,” they will be as dear to us as her child was to Hannah. Peninnah had many children, but they came as common blessings unsought in prayer: Hannah’s one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings. How sweet was that water to Samson which he found at “the well of him that prayed!” Quassia cups turn all waters bitter, but the cup of prayer puts a sweetness into the draughts it brings. Did we pray for the conversion of our children? How doubly sweet, when they are saved, to see in them our own petitions fulfilled! Better to rejoice over…

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A song in the valley of humiliation

junge Lammer des Hausschafes by Bohringer Friedrich 2006 via Wikimedia

From part 2 of The Pilgrim’s Progress. Christiana, her sons, and good friend and sister in the Lord, Mercy, are being led through the Valley of Humiliation by Mr. Great-heart, their protector:

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Now as they were going along and talking, they espied a boy feeding his father’s sheep. The boy was in very mean clothes, but of a very fresh and well-favoured countenance, and as he sat by himself he sung. ‘Hark,’ said Mr. Great-heart, to what the shepherd’s boy saith. So they hearkened, and he said,

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‘He that is down, needs fear no fall,

He that is low, no pride:

He that is humble, ever shall

Have God to be his guide.

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‘I am content with what I have,

Little be it, or much:

And, Lord, contentment still I crave,

Because Thou savest such.

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‘Fullness to such, a burden is

That go on pilgrimage:

Here little, and hereafter bliss,

Is best from age to age.’