Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth
1. Whom the Lord Jehovah loves,
He in various ways reproves;
’Tis his settled, wise decree,
That his sons chastised shall be.
2. Them to wean from self and sin,
Try the grace he works within;
Strip them of each idol god;
Make them prize the Saviour’s blood;
3. Teach them what and where they are;
Draw forth patience, faith, and prayer;
Make them closer cling to Christ,
And in him alone rejoice;
4. These are ends he has in view,
And he’ll them accomplish too;
Nor shall our poor peevish heart
Make him from his purpose start.
5. Yet his love and grace are such,
He will ne’er afflict too much;
But, in every chastening, prove
His paternal care and love.
6. Father, make us clearly view
What thy love designs to do;
And in every trying case,
Trust thy faithfulness and grace.
Thomas Watson 1620-1686
“Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the Lord your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your manservant or maidservant, nor your animals, nor the alien within your gates. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.” Exodus 20:8-11
This commandment was engraved in stone by God’s own finger—and it will be our comfort to have it engraved in our hearts!
The Sabbath-day is set apart for God’s solemn worship; it is his own enclosure, and must not be used for common uses.
As a preface to this commandment, he has put a memento to it, “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy.”
This word, “remember,” shows that we are apt to forget Sabbath holiness; therefore we need a memorandum to put us in mind of sanctifying the day.
Welcome, sweet day of rest,
That saw the Lord arise;
Welcome to this reviving breast,
And these rejoicing eyes!