Oh, you who want unfailing comfort, I commend you to Christ! In Him alone there is no failure. Rich men are disappointed in their treasures. Learned men are disappointed in their books. Husbands are disappointed in their wives. Wives are disappointed in their husbands. Parents are disappointed in their children. Statesmen are disappointed when, after many a struggle, they attain place and power. They find out, to their cost, that it is more pain than pleasure, – that it is disappointment, annoyance, incessant trouble, worry, vanity, and frustration of spirit.
But no man was ever disappointed in Christ.
~ J.C. Ryle
UPDATE FROM P.D.B —
*I’m back from a whirlwind vacation week: Last Monday I flew through Atlanta to Florida, then drove the family minivan from there to northwest Georgia (experienced night of tornadoes there), to Nashville (2 days); then on through Ohio to Grove City, PA and Syracuse, NY. Home late last night. This week I hope to post comments on the rest of the T.G.C. conference, as well as the vacation week. God has been teaching me much, and sprinkling blessings at every turn.
At the Gospel Coalition national conference this past week, our worship sessions were led by Keith & Kristyn Getty — a real delight indeed! One of the new hymns they introduced is “Speak, O Lord” (written by Keith Getty & Stuart Townend). It uses a marvelous, simple melody as the lyrics are a petition for the Lord to bless the preaching and hearing of His holy Word.
Here are the lyrics:
Speak, O Lord, as we come to You
To receive the food of Your Holy Word.
Take Your truth, plant it deep in us;
Shape and fashion us in Your likeness,
That the light of Christ might be seen today
In our acts of love and our deeds of faith.
Speak, O Lord, and fulfill in us
All Your purposes for Your glory.
Teach us, Lord, full obedience,
Holy reverence, true humility;
Test our thoughts and our attitudes
In the radiance of Your purity.
Cause our faith to rise; cause our eyes to see
Your majestic love and authority.
Words of pow’r that can never fail—
Let their truth prevail over unbelief.
Speak, O Lord, and renew our minds;
Help us grasp the heights of Your plans for us—
Truths unchanged from the dawn of time
That will echo down through eternity.
And by grace we’ll stand on Your promises,
And by faith we’ll walk as You walk with us.
Speak, O Lord, till Your church is built
And the earth is filled with Your glory.
To catch the tune and hear an interview with the writers, check out this video clip.