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Keep The Word Diligently

By William Cowper

    “Thou hast commanded us to keep Thy precepts diligently” (Psalm 119:4).

    For three reasons should we keep the commandments of the Lord with diligence. First, because our adversary that seeks to snare us by the transgression of them is diligent in tempting, for he goes about, night and day, seeking to devour us. Next, because we ourselves are weak and infirm, by the greater diligence have we need to take heed to ourselves. Thirdly, because of the great loss we sustain by every victory Satan gets over us. We find by experience that as a wound is sooner made than it is healed, so guiltiness of conscience is easily contracted, but not so easily done away.