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Engraved!

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

(1874)

“Can a mother forget the baby at her bosom and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! Behold! I have engraved you on the palms of My hands!” Isaiah 49:15-16

“Behold,” says infinite God, “I have engraved you on the palms of My hands!” Not on the mountains, as colossal as they are, for they shall depart; not on any page of nature’s vast volume, for the last fires shall scorch them; not on blazing sun, for it shall grow dim with age; not on glorious heavens, for they shall be folded together as a scroll.

But on . . . the hand which made the worlds, the hand which was transfixed on the cruel cross, the hand of infinite might and unmeasurable love; I have engraved you there! No corroding power can efface the writing, or obliterate your name!

You are Mine now, and Mine forever!

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you. I have summoned you by name–you are Mine!” Isaiah 43:1

by John MacDuff

 

Oh, what a blessed formula for us!

John MacDuffby John MacDuff

“Nevertheless, at Your Word!” Luke 5:5

Oh, what a blessed formula for us!

This path of mine is dark, mysterious, perplexing! Nevertheless, at Your Word I will go forward.

This trial of mine is cutting, sore for flesh and blood to bear! It is hard to breathe through a broken heart, “May Your will be done!” But, nevertheless, at Your word I will say, “Even so, Father–for this is Your good pleasure!”

This besetting sin or bad habit of mine–is difficult to crucify. It has become part of myself–a second nature! To be severed from it would be like the cutting off of a right hand, or the plucking out of a right eye! Nevertheless, at Your Word I will lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily entangles me! This idol, I will utterly abolish!

“You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed!” Psalm 119:4

“Help me understand Your instruction–and I will obey it and follow it with all my heart!” Psalm 119:34

by John MacDuff