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My soul rejoice thou in thy God

Boast of him all the day[1],

Walk in his law and kiss his rod[2]

Cleave close to him always.

 

What though thy outward man decay

Thy inward shall wax strong;[3]

Thy body vile it shall be changed[4]

And glorious made ere-long.

 

With angels’ wing thy soul shall mount[5]

To bliss unseen by eye[6]

And drink at unexhausted fount

Of joy unto eternity.[7]

 

Thy tears shall all be dried up

They sorrows all shall fly[8]

Thy sins shall never be summoned up

Nor in memory[9]

 

Then shall I know what thou hast done

For me, unworthy me,

And praise thee shall even as I ought

For wonders that I see.

 

Base world[10], I trample on thy face,

Thy glory I despise[11],

No gain I find in ought below

For God hath made me wise[12].

 

Come Jesus, quickly, blessed Lord[13],

Thy face when shall I see?

O let me count each hour a day

Till I dissolved be.[14]


[1] “My soul shall make her boast in the Lord”  Psalm 34:2.

[2]

Silently to kiss the rod, and the hand that whips with it, is the noblest way of clearing the Lord of all injustice.

 

Thomas Brooks, The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 1, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1866), 301. By “kiss the rod”, she means to realized that the affliction comes from God and thus will work good – even though the good will come at the cost of pain.

 

[3]

16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. 17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; 18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16–18 (KJV 1900)

 

[4]

21 Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. Philippians 3:21 (KJV 1900)

[5] Not that the human being will have angels’ wings, but that angels will carry the human being: “Luke 16:22 (KJV 1900):

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

 

[6]

8 Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory: 9 Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 1 Peter 1:8–9 (KJV 1900)

[7]

13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13 (KJV 1900)

 

      11       Thou wilt shew me the path of life:

                  In thy presence is fulness of joy;

                  At thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

 

 Psalm 16:11 (KJV 1900)

[8]

And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. 4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. 5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. Revelation 21:1–5 (KJV 1900)

[9]

 

      11       For as the heaven is high above the earth,

                  So great is his mercy toward them that fear him.

            12       As far as the east is from the west,

                  So far hath he removed our transgressions from us.

            13       Like as a father pitieth his children,

                  So the LORD pitieth them that fear him.

            14       For he knoweth our frame;

                  He remembereth that we are dust.

Psalm 103:11–14 (KJV 1900)           

 

[10]

2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. Ecclesiastes 1:2 (KJV 1900)

 

[11]

(5.) The fifth property. That knowledge that accompanies salvation, is a world-despising, a world-crucifying, and a world-contemning knowledge.1 It makes a man have low, poor, mean thoughts of the world; it makes a man slight it, and trample upon it as a thing of no value. That divine light that accompanies salvation, makes a man to look upon the world as mixed, as mutable, as momentary; it makes a man look upon the world as a liar, as a deceiver, as a flatterer, as a murderer, and as a witch that hath bewitched the souls of thousands to their eternal overthrow, by her golden offers and proffers. Divine knowledge put Paul upon trampling upon all the bravery and glory of the world, Philip. 3:4–9. I shall only transcribe the seventh and eighth verses, and leave you to turn to the rest. ‘But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung’ (σκύβαλα, dog’s dung or dog’s meat, coarse and contemptible), ‘that I may win Christ.’2 Divine knowledge raises his heart so high above the world, that he looks upon it with an eye of scorn and disdain, and makes him count it as an excrement, yea, as the very worst of excrements, as dogs’ dung, as dogs’ meat. Of the like import is that of Heb. 10:34, ‘For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.’ Divine knowledge will make a man rejoice, when his enemies make a bonfire of his goods. This man hath bills of exchange under God’s own hand, to receive a pound for every penny, a million for every mite, that he loses for him. And this makes him to rejoice, and to trample upon all the glory of this world, as one did upon the philosopher’s crown, Mat. 19:27–30.

 

Thomas Brooks, The Complete Works of Thomas Brooks, Volume 2, ed. Alexander Balloch Grosart (Edinburgh; London; Dublin: James Nichol; James Nisbet and Co.; G. Herbert, 1866), 439.

 

[12]

4 Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: 5 Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; 6 Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. 7 But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. 8 Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I may win Christ, 9 And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: Philippians 3:4–9 (KJV 1900)

 

[13] Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Revelation 22:20. The Aramaic prayer Maranatha found in 1 Corinthians 16:22 go back to the earliest days of the church.

 

His second wish is an Aramaic affirmation. Aramaic was the language of Palestine at this time in which Jesus spoke and preached. It was a cousin to Hebrew, the language of most of the Old Testament. “Maranatha,” Paul says, Come, Oh Lord! (16:22). This worship affirmation must have come from the earliest churches in Judea, for Paul would scarcely use an Aramaic phrase among the Greek speaking Corinthians if it did not have a significant history behind it. Clearly Jewish Christians from the very earliest days considered Jesus Lord, perhaps on the basis of Ps. 110:1: “The LORD said to my Lord, ‘Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.’ ”

 

Kenneth Schenck, 1 & 2 Corinthians: A Commentary for Bible Students (Indianapolis, IN: Wesleyan Publishing House, 2006), 238.

[14] The word “dissolved” is used in by Paul in 2 Corinthians 5:1, “For we know that if our earthly house of this tabernacle were dissolved, we have a building of God, an house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.” The ESV has the word “destroyed” rather than “dissolved”. We must be careful here not to read back in Bradstreet an annihilation of her existence, but rather a transformation. The desire for this present vain state to be ended and the eternal state (a state without corruption – but a state which is nonetheless physical) to begin is a common theme in the NT and in Christian meditation:

 

6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing. 2 Timothy 4:6–8 (KJV 1900)