If we were more occupied with . . .
God’s riches–than with our poverty,
Christ’s fullness–than our emptiness,
the divine bounties–than our leanness;
on what a different level of experience we would live!
Arthur Pink, “The Attributes of God“
“Contentment is possible only as we cultivate and maintain
that attitude of accepting everything which enters our lives
as coming from the Hand of Him who is too wise to err,
and too loving to cause one of His children a needless tear.”
The Happy Man
The happy man was born in the city of Regeneration
in the parish of Repentance unto Life. He has a large
estate in the county of Christian Contentment.
He was educated at the School of Obedience
—and often does jobs of Self-denial.
He wears the garment of Humility, and has
another suit to put on when he goes to Court,
called the Robe of Christ’s Righteousness.
He is necessitated to travel through the world on
his way to heaven—but he walks through it as fast
as he can. All his business along the way—is to
make himself and others happy. He often walks
in the valley of Self-Abasement, and sometimes
climbs the mountains of Heavenly-mindedness.
He breakfasts every morning on Spiritual Prayer,
and sups every evening on the same. He has food
to eat, which the world knows nothing of—and his
drink is the sincere milk of the Word of God.
Thus happy he lives—and happy he dies.
Happy is he who has . . .
Gospel submission in his will,
the love of God in his affections,
true peace in his conscience,
sincere Divinity in his breast,
the Redeemer’s yoke on his neck,
the vain world under his feet, and
a crown of glory over his head!
Happy is the life of that man who . . .
watches his heart,
guards his senses,
redeems his time,
loves Christ, and
longs for glory!
“Happy is the man who does not walk in the
counsel of the wicked, or stand in the way of
sinners, or sit in the seat of mockers. But his
delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his
law he meditates day and night. He is like a
tree planted by streams of water, which yields
its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither.
Whatever he does prospers.” Psalm 1:1-3
~ Lachlan MacKenzie ~