"Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in
God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." - Psalm 43:5
Jeremy Taylor was born in 1613 in Cambridge, England. A student of John Milton, he studied at the University of Cambridge and was ordained in
1633. In 1635, he was made chaplain to King Charles I. Taylor joined the Royalist army as chaplain when civil war broke out in 1642, and after a Royalist defeat in Wales in 1645 he was briefly imprisoned. Following his release, Taylor turned to writing and produced his greatest works, including several devotional books and a collection of daily prayers. Soon after the royalist defeat, while he was imprisoned for his faith and he had his family estate confiscated from him, that Taylor wrote the following: "I am fallen into the hands of publicans and they have taken all from me. What now? They have not taken away my merry countenance, my cheerful spirit, and a good conscience; they have still left me with the providence of God, and all His promises - my hope of Heaven, and my charity toward them, too, and still I sleep and digest, I eat and drink, I read and meditate. And he that hath so many causes of joy, and so great, should never choose to sit down upon his little handful of thorns."
No matter what the circumstances, Jesus Christ can rise above them and so can our joy when we put our hope in Him. Are you downcast? Today in prayer, praise and thank the Lord, for He will not abandon you, but He will come to your rescue and make you a conqueror!
"Gratitude is not only the memory, but the homage of the heart - rendered to God for His goodness." - N.P. Willis
God's Word: "Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God." - Psalm 42:5
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