[Papercut Press Publishing]1999-10-26 - Port's Faithful Shepherd, Chapter 8

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.

"Sanctify God in your hearts daily, 1 Peter 3:15. Make Him your fear, Psalm 37:4. To this end do these four things.

  1. Have often high and honorable thoughts of God, serious meditations of His glorious attributes, as His wisdom, power, mercy, justice, and such. Work them on your hearts, that they may echo to you with pure and melting affections. This will increase and nourish the divine nature strongly in you, 2 Peter 1:4.
  2. Labor to be affected with all the works of God, As...
    A. To behold and admire the works of God, Job 37:14, in the creatures, Psalm 136:5. B. To see and taste God's goodness in every mercy, Psalm 34:8. C. To take notice of, and tremble at the anger and displeasure of God in every affliction or judgment, Psalm 119:20, Hebrews 3:16, so that you might answer the dispensations of God's providence, with suitable dispositions, your hearts carrying a countenance of affection to all God's actions, Isaiah 26:8.
  3. Wrestle with God by praying and believing for a heart of flesh, Ezekiel 36:26, which will receive impression from the very thoughts of God in the mind.
  4. Apply promises to particular affections, as...
    A. Of love, Deuteronomy 30:6. B. Of fear, Jeremiah 32:40. C. Of delight, Psalm 58:14. There is heat and life in these promises sufficient to quicken and warm your dead and frozen affections." --Robert Port

The promises of God. How wise Port was to remind us to apply the promises of God to our lives daily. It is common to flee to God in times of trouble and to gain strength from His tender promises, but how much wiser it would be if we gained a lasting storehouse of promises from God each day so that when the time comes to rest upon these promises, we might be ready, in a heartbeat, to know and trust the precious promises of God.

As Port wrote this work a civil war had been going on in England and while. It was somewhat settled two years prior to the publication of this work, but sentiments still ran deep and distrust was common. Much of the civil war and the debates of Port's time centered around religion and what form it should take in England. I wonder if Port learned the lesson of resting daily upon the promises of God through the national struggles that he was involved with during his life. As a pastor he would have been thrust into the front of the battle. His life and that of his families was probably often in jeopardy.

God's promises are sweet in such times and I wonder if we can learn from Robert Port and his struggles the great importance of making a daily habit of trusting the promises of God in our lives. May it be so with us.

Soli Deo Gloria,
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