The Rock that is Higher than I

When my heart is likely to break,
When the surging billows shake
My feeble bark,
Lead me to the Rock most high
The Rock that higher is than I;
even in the dark.

When I see my sin so great,
When no comfort I can get,
No place to hide,
Lead me to the Rock most high
The Rock that higher is than I;
The smitten side.

When no refuge I can find,
No shelter for the weary mind,
No cooling shade,
Lead me to the Rock most high
The Rock that higher is than I;
No more afraid.

When thirsting for the living stream
Of that eternal life in Him,
No more to die,
Lead me to the Rock most high
The Rock that higher is than I;
To Him I fly.

In the cleft of that dear Rock,
From the surging billows’ shock,
I’ll hide me ever.
In His righteousness so pure,
In His covenant so sure,
I’ll dwell forever.

J.R. Miller

Our Future Glory and Present Temptations

“That the future glory shall be heightened by the temptations of this present time, which have been bravely met and successfully resisted. It is not merely that the coming blessedness shall be an ample compensation for all that tempted souls can now endure, that the flood of joy shall swallow up all thought of present pains, and the light affliction, which is for a moment, shall be followed by a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. But this glory shall, in various ways, be directly enhanced by those temptations, in so far as they have not been criminally yielded to, but in the name of the Master stoutly repelled. And thus what Satan intended for your hurt shall be converted into a source of everlasting profit. The experience of rest shall be heightened by the contrast of the antecedent toil and strife; and the felicity granted to the ransomed soul shall be likewise enhanced in its absolute amount. If the reward, though wholly the gift of grace, is in proportion to the service done or the fidelity shown, duty resolutely performed in the face of temptations of the evil one will surely receive a marked and signal acknowledgment. The training given to the spiritual faculties in the exercises of the Christian warfare, the development and expansion thence resulting to the powers of the soul, bear directly on our capacity for bliss and holiness. They who have attained the highest measure of fitness thus for the enjoyments of heaven shall have the largest experience of its blessedness. And, further, those who have been driven by the assaults of the adversary into the closest union with their covenant God, and the most entire dependence upon Him, shall for this reason again partake most freely of those joys which flow from endless communion with the infinite source of all blessedness.”

Green, William H (2011-11-27). The Argument of the Book of Job Unfolded (pp. 60-61). Counted Faithful. Kindle Edition.


“The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace.”

Thanks to my friend David for sharing this encouraging exchange between D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones and a good friend.   The discourse confirms what is already evident from his legacy. By the renewal of the Holy Spirit, Christ was being formed in this man’s soul.  He writes, “Do not pray for healing. Do not hold me back from the glory.”  Only someone who has passed into a state of justification by grace could utter such words. May the principle of grace, so powerfully at work in Martyn Lloyd-Jones, teach us to depend not on the law, but on the grace of God that is in Christ alone.

My Dear Gerald,                                                             October 29, 1980

How kind of you to write to Bethan [wife of Martyn Lloyd-Jones] and show such loving concern for me – indeed for both of us.

I believe I have told you that had to have my prostate removed four years ago. All went well until last May when I had a recurrence and was operated upon on June 10. Since then I have been going into hospital every three weeks for chemotherapy and stay in from one night to a week. . . . Yours ever, Martyn


My Dear Friend,                                                            December 4, 1980

. . . .We have both been passing through new experiences and I am sure that you feel as I do that finally nothing matters but the fact that we are in God’s hands. We and our works are nothing. It is His choosing us before the foundation of the world that matters and He will never leave us nor forsake us. More and more do I see that what we need is simple child-like faith, just to believe His word and surrender ourselves to Him utterly. . . . Yours ever sincerely, D.M. Lloyd-Jones


My Dear Philip,                                                               January 20, 1981

. . . .My health is still very much the same and I have not been able to preach or do anything else since the beginning of June. I thank God for all His bountiful goodness to me over the long years, and for all He has graciously allowed me and enabled me to do. My supreme desire now is to testify more than ever to the glory and wonder of His grace. I shall greatly value your prayers that I may be given strength to do so to His glory. I am glad to say that God in a marvelous manner is granting Bethan most remarkable health and vigour. He is indeed a gracious God. . . . Yours ever sincerely, D.M. Lloyd-Jones


His mind remained entirely lucid, and he was never confined to bed, but by February 24 he was so weak that he could hardly speak. A few days later his speech was gone. In a shaky hand, he wrote on a scrap of paper for Bethan and the family, ‘Do not pray for healing. Do not hold me back from the glory.’ By smiles and gestures he was able to continue to express himself until the early morning of Sunday, March 1, 1981 the day broke and all shadows fled away.

“This is my final comfort and consolation in this world. My only hope of arriving in glory lies in the fact that the whole of my salvation is God’s work.

“It is grace at the beginning, grace at the end. So that when you and I come to lie upon our deathbeds, the one thing that should comfort and help and strengthen us there is the thing that helped us at the beginning. Not what we have been, not what we have done, but the grace of God in Jesus Christ our Lord. The Christian life starts with grace, it must continue with grace, it ends with grace. Grace, wondrous grace. “By the grace of God I am what I am.” “Yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.”

Martyn Lloyd-Jones Letters 1919-1981, Selected with Notes by Iain Murray, Banner of Truth

Samuel Davies and the School of Affliction

One of the greatest contributors to the Great Awakening was a pastor and evangelist by the name of Samuel Davies. His life on earth was brief, spanning a mere 37 years, but his influence on American Evangelicalism is immeasurable.  Known, among other things, for his powerful preaching skills, one of his contemporaries noted, “he spoke with a glowing zeal … and an eloquence more impressive and effective than had ever graced the American pulpit.”  Though deeply committed to higher education, Davies’ most important training was obtained in Christ’s school of affliction.   Below is brief excerpt from Iain H. Murray’s, “Revival & Revivalism:  The Making and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858″: 

Oppressed by a sense of his ‘rawness and inexperience’, Davies’ health broke down under the load of preaching and there were fever-ridden nights when people would sit with him until the morning.  By August 1747 his first visit to Hanover was over and he was fit enough to ride the 100 miles back to Delaware, in time to witness the sudden death of his wife and the infant she was carrying on 15 September.  Grief and depression were added to his own bodily weakness:  ‘After I returned from Virginia I spent near a year under melancholy and consumptive languishments, expecting death.’ All this was undoubtedly part of God’s preparation for his future usefulness.  As Archibald Alexander wrote in another context, ‘Too much applause is a dangerous thing to a young minister.’  Davies was soon to see much success, but before it came he had been deeply chastened by a sense of his own infirmity and the consciousness of the brevity of all earthly things.

One of the biggest cancers in the modern day church is the prosperity gospel. It has opened wide the door to the vicious wolves Paul warned of in Acts 20:29 and who, in their total depravity, teach that godliness is a way to financial gain (1 Timothy 6:5).  The truth is, the people most used by God are often the most afflicted by Him.  As George Whitfield, the most notable preacher of the Great Awakening observed, “Christian experience is only learned in the school of affliction.”

Iain H. Murray, Revival & Revivalism: The Making of and Marring of American Evangelicalism 1750-1858 (Pennsylvania: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1994) 8.