“Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory. Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides thee. My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” Psalm 73:23-26.
Babes in religion not only long for Christ but for sensible communion with him; and often they are indulged with it, that they may be weaned from the world. But those of fuller age, who have their senses exercised, are thankful that they can trust him when they do not see him, and can follow him when they feel little comfort; relying more on the word and covenant of God than on sweet sensations, which, though precious and desirable, are oft withdrawn in times of trouble and temptation.
How oft have sin and Satan strove
To rend my soul from thee, my God;
But everlasting is thy love,
And Jesus seals it with his blood.
Amidst temptations sharp and strong,
My soul to this dear refuge flies;
Hope is my anchor, firm and strong,
While tempests blow, and billows rise.
The gospel bears my spirits up;
A faithful and unchanging God
Lays the foundation of my hope
In oaths, and promises, and blood.