"He went on frowardly in the way of his heart; I have seen his ways, and-will heal him." -Isaiah 57:17-18
Pause, my soul, over this sweet scripture; and while thou readest it,
wilt thou not cry out with David, in the contemplation of the
overwhelming mercy: "And is this the manner of man, Oh Lord God!" 2
Sam. vii. 19. Think, Oh my soul, how it was with thee, when in the days
of thy unregeneracy thou wentest on frowardly in the way of thy
perverse heart. Who could have stopped thee, had not sovereign grace?
And how justly might the Lord have said, I have seen thy ways, and will
punish thee; I will give thee over to a reprobate mind, and forsake
thee forever! - Oh the riches of grace, when, from my very unworthiness,
the Lord took occasion to magnify his love and mercy. Oh Lord Jesus, do
thou incline the heart that thou hast healed to live to thy praise, and
let the life thou hast saved from destruction, be spent in thy service.