Note: I wrote this article long ago when I believed conviction could only be expressed with terms of brutal honesty. In other words, I tried very hard to write like a Puritan. Therefore, much of what I say is overstated and overconfident. I do believe, however, that the material from the Song of Songs is helpful to understanding the great love God has for us. Please read the article with the following cautions in mind.
If you should marry...you will have trouble in this life...But I want you to be free from concern. One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord, how he may please the Lord; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided. And the woman who is unmarried, and the virgin, is concerned about the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and spirit; but one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how she may please her husband. And this I say for your own benefit; not to put a restraint upon you, but to promote what is seemly, and to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord. (1 Cor. 7:28,32-35)
There is a certain twisted mindset in many Christian circles today. It is exhibited in an inordinate amount of concern directed towards single Christians and their supposedly unfortunate and miserable lot in life. "How can they possibly be happy all by themselves? Surely their life can't be truly fulfilling," some within the church pitiably cry. Efforts to relieve these pathetic creatures from all their sufferings are usually advanced through multiplied programs that focus on ministering to "Singles only". Usually one of the chief ambitions of these ministries -- whether spoken or unspoken -- is the hopeful wish that some within the "Singles only" group will find their happy match among others within the group. Unfortunately, these forced efforts through "holy matchmaking" usually do more to distract and frustrate Singles than they do to promote the glory and honor of God.
The repercussions from this attitude have been devastating to some. Many are falsely led to believe that they are sub-human and sub-Christian unless they are married. I have even heard of some who have been accused of being selfish just because they have no mate and are not actively pursuing one. Unneeded and unwarranted guilt is piled upon the helpless Single by such teachings.
But what saith the Scriptures? Do they condemn all Singles as guilty of selfishness? Do they pronounce a curse upon all those who have yet to find a mate? Do they declare that all those who are unmarried are useless, sub-normal, and unsuccessful in life? In a word -- NO! Instead, the Scriptures pronounce a unique and peculiar blessing on single Christians. The kernel of this teaching is found in the Scripture at the beginning of this article. In this passage we will encounter: (1) the Single's unique position -- in being free from many concerns that plague those who are married -- and, (2) the Single's responsibility toward God because of this unique state. Both this freedom and this duty are great things in the eyes of God and we should not look down upon them. Let us examine this passage closely so that we might know the mind of God in this matter.
The Single's Unique Freedom
"But I want you to be free from concern." Prior to this passage in verse 28, Paul boldly proclaims without hesitation that those who are married "will have trouble in this life." The Greek word for trouble (thlipsis) is that which implies "tribulation," "anguish," and "pressure." It literally means "pressed together, or under pressure." It is this pressure that comes with the responsibilities of marriage that Paul would have single Christians to know that they are free from. Marriage does not decrease troubles, but increases them. Regarding this, John MacArthur comments,
"It is hard enough for a sinner to live with himself, let alone with another sinner. When two people are bound together in marriage the problems of human nature are multiplied... It is not that marriage is not rewarding, or that family life is uninterrupted trouble... Paul is simply pointing out that marriage may cause some problems while it solves others. It is not intended by God to resolve all personal, emotional, or spiritual difficulties. It definitely intensifies some of them."
It is this trouble -- these pressures that come from being married, providing for children, etc. -- that Paul has in mind when he writes to the Single: "I want you to be free from concern" (v.32). The Greek word translated "concern" here is found only one other time in the New Testament where it is translated "keep you out of trouble" (Mat. 28:14) which is truly the idea that Paul seeks to convey here.
The unrelenting responsibilities and pressures that accompany the marriage state are many. The marriage state opens the heart to experience many piercings and pangs that the Single person is shielded from. As Paul writes, "the one who is married is concerned about the things of the world, how he may please his wife, and his interests are divided" (v.33). The married man's concerns and interests -- if he is to be faithful to what God has called him to in his state of marriage -- must be divided. He has no choice! He must -- if he is to be godly -- provide for his family, love his wife, submit his body to her authority, train his children up in the things of the Lord, etc. To do any less would be grievous sin. These concerns and interests are not sinful, but lawful, and commanded by God to those who are married (see1 Tim. 5:8; Eph. 5:28; 1 Cor. 7:3; Eph. 6:4).
More than anything, this lack of total freedom for the married person is thoroughly summed up and displayed in the fact that they have no authority over their own self. They are owned by their marriage partner: "The wife does not have authority over her own body, but the husband does; and likewise also the husband does not have authority over his own body, but the wife does" (1 Cor. 7:4). A married person has relinquished all rights to their person, and truly chooses to give up their life for their partner. They not only have made a commitment to each other to this effect, but they are also bound to it as a duty. It is a requirement -- not an option -- for the command is clear, "Let the husband fulfill his duty to his wife, and likewise also the wife to her husband" (1 Cor. 7:3). The married are commanded to "fulfill [their] duty" to each other. They have a duty -- an indebtedness towards each other -- to this, as the word "duty" implies. The idea of "owing, indebtedness, obligation, paying that which is due" is contained in the word "duty." There is no mistaking it. The married person is literally bound and indebted to give up all rights to their partner. This same idea is contained in the verse, "So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies," where "ought" is the same word translated "duty" in our previous verse. (See also Luke 17:10 to further define the idea contained in the word "duty.")
It is exactly all the pressures, troubles, concerns, and lack of freedom that accompany the state of marriage that Paul has in mind when he lovingly explains to the unmarried Corinthians, "I want you to be free from concern."
Now why does Paul so intensely want the Single to be informed of their unique freedom? Paul gives us the reason in verse 35. He writes, "And this I say for your own benefit." Paul reveals this to the Single so that he might see the distinct benefit which arises from this freedom. There is a unique benefit and advantage that the Single possesses that the married by default does not and can not share in. For the sake of balance, keep in mind that this is not the only benefit there is. The married state has its own distinctive benefits and advantages also. Also keep in mind that Paul emphasizes that he does not promote singleness "to put a restraint" (v.35) upon the Single. He doesn't wish to wrongly bind upon anyone that only the state of singleness is beneficial in all ways. To marry is not to sin (1 Cor. 7:36) and he cannot be mistaken to teach that (cf. 1 Tim. 4:3 where he has extreme words of condemnation to anyone that would so teach). He just wishes "to promote what is seemly" (v.35). He wishes to show that the state of singleness is not a shameful position but an exalted, honorable, and respectable position. Paul says it is a seemly, comely, attractive position. In a word, it is a beautiful situation to be in!
Why is this position so beautiful? Because of its benefit. There is one chief benefit that comes with being single. Remember, Paul wants us to be informed of the unique freedom the comes with singleness "for [our] own benefit." Now what is that benefit? In the words of Paul, "And this I say for your own benefit...to secure undistracted devotion to the Lord" (v.35). The benefit is that the unmarried person is free to be undistractedly devoted to the Lord. He may whole-heartedly and undividedly concern himself with the things of God without hindrance. What a benefit! What a unique and glorious position this is! To not take advantage of this benefit is to call ugly what God has called comely.
Yet with all benefits come responsibility. And the responsibilities and duties of the Single are great because of the great benefit that they partake of. Just as much and in the same way that the married person is under command to perform his marital duties, the Single is commanded to carry out his "singular duties" if you will, in being undistractedly devoted to the Lord. The duties come with the benefits. Paul has explained just what these duties consist of, and we will now examine them.
The Single's Duty
"One who is unmarried is concerned about the things of the Lord" (v.32). Just because the Single is "free from concern" in some areas -- free from the concerns, troubles, and pressures that inherently come with marriage -- it does not follow that he is left without any concerns of his own. By default, it is taken for granted that the godly Single will therefore be "concerned about the things of the Lord." Paul knows of no other course. The Single, because of his unique freedom, is not therefore free to be disinterested, casual, and withdrawn towards others. He is free that he may be "concerned" and intensely interested "about the things of the Lord."
The motive for the Single's devotion and the thing that he should look for in his every activity for the Lord is to prove "how he may please the Lord" (v.32). Every Christian -- married or not -- is commanded to "learn what is pleasing to the Lord" (Eph. 5:10) that they might "please Him in all respects" (Col. 1:10). The difference between the married and the Single here is in the actual things that please the Lord on account of the different states that the aforementioned are in. A married person pleases the Lord when they love their mate, nurture and cherish their mate, provide for their mate, raise godly children, etc. In a word, the married please God only when they are concerned about the things of the Lord as well as the "things of the world" (v.33; "world" here meaning those things that accompany the married state). The Single person will not please the Lord if his concern is for these things. It is neither the time nor the place for such concern. In order that the Single may please the Lord, it is the Single's responsibility and duty to be "undistractedly devoted" in his "concern for the things of the Lord." This is in contradistinction to the "married" whose "interests [must be] divided." For the Single, it is this and only this that pleases the Lord.
Dear single, just think of this (and may it stir your heart to action): You are in a position where you can give your all to helping and serving others. You are in a unique position to support and encourage. You are able to be a support to those around you who are burdened with the pressures and responsibilities of marriage (cf. Gal. 6:10). You are available at times when the married can not possibly be so freely available due to their responsibilities. That is why it is this author's opinion that it is a great evil and a perversion of Paul's teaching to always separate single Christians from married Christians (whether it be in study groups, sunday school classes, support groups, church activities, etc.). We each have much to learn from the other, but the Single is in the unique position where he may strengthen and uphold those around him, and especially those around him who are married (cf. Heb. 6:10; 10:24; Philemon 5,7; Gal. 6:10).
Hear me well here, for I now proceed boldly. It is expressly and distinctly the commandment of God to the Single and therefore his duty to be "concerned about the things of the Lord [that] he may please the Lord." The Single is not to be concerned about drastically trying to get married. The Single is not to be concerned about desperately trying to meet other single girls or guys. The Single is not to be troubled and worried that God will never provide a mate. The Single is only commanded to be faithful to the aforementioned command in being "concerned about the things of the Lord [that] he may please the Lord." Single, rest assured that God will -- if it be His will -- provide a partner for you one day if He has placed that desire in you. But meanwhile, you do yourself no good by worrying and fretting over these matters; there will be plenty of time for that in the future if you do get married. We are commanded to be faithful to God's commandments in the state wherein we are called and no further. The most pleasing thing we can do is to heed the command to be "undistractedly devoted to the Lord." As we are faithful to God's commands, He will lovingly and mercifully provide that which we lack. But we should expect no future blessing from God if we will not be faithful to His command now.
Another aspect of being "undistractedly devoted to the Lord" is emphasized in the Single's unique position to "be holy both in body and spirit" (v.34). Whereas (as we have previously considered) the married is under obligation to give up all rights to their person and body to their partner as well as God, the Single is in the position where they may completely and unreservedly devote all that they are -- body and soul -- to God. They have no reason to hold anything back, for no one has any rights to them but God.
The conclusion of the proceeding article can accurately be summed up as such: Because of the great freedom of body and soul involved in being single, the Single person is in a unique and distinct position to be completely concerned with the things of the Lord. Therefore, if he is to be faithful to his calling, he will attempt to use, to the best of his ability, in order to please the Lord, the benefit that comes with singleness, in striving to maintain and perfect a consistent state of being undistractedly devoted to the Lord. Do not read any farther until you grant this as truth.
How may the average Single perform this duty? The author of this article is not so naive to think that just because a Single is aware of this great truth that it will be easy to perform. It is one thing to know and be convinced that something is right or wrong, but it is quite another matter to take delight in the truth and to "obey from the heart" (Rom. 6:17). In order to obey this teaching consistently the Single must not only have peace with this teaching in their mind, but also rest and delight in this teaching in their heart and affections.
The seat of the heart is the affections. As long as I know something is wrong but yet still desire it and have inordinate affections toward it, I set myself up for a fall. For when tempting situations come about my desires will almost always win out even though my mind will furiously and violently denounce as evil the temptation before me. Therefore, in the battle before us, it is not enough to simply mortify the inordinate desires. These desires must not only be mortified, but they must then be redirected towards another object that truly deserves them. (Example: In the same breath Paul tells Timothy to "flee youthful lusts" along with "pursue righteousness, faith, etc." (2 Tim. 2:22). Paul says, in effect, "Timothy, take your desires off of your lusts, off of the things that don't deserve them, and then redirect your desires and place them upon that which is worthy to be desired.").
We must see that God is to be desired and is worthy to be desired above all things and people. Until we see that God is to be desired above all and is the only One truly worthy of our constant affectons, we won't consistently be able to place our desires wholly upon Him. Once we are convinced in our minds that "all the things that thou canst desire are not to be compared" (Prov. 3:15) to the Lord God but are but "loss and dung" (Phil. 3:8) in comparison, we must then direct our desires to cling to and rest in Him as well. We need to be able to honestly cry out with the Psalmist, "Whom have I in heaven but Thee? And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth" (Psa. 73:25). This aspect of focusing all desires primarily and preeminently upon God is one that will profit us all our days. Even when married, we must still love the Lord God above even our spouse and children (Mat. 10:37). Nothing or no one should ever so possess our thoughts and desires to the effect of abrogating from God what He deserves.
In order to help the Single direct and maintain his or her affections wholly upon God, I have given three instructions that -- if taken to heart and made the subject of much continual meditation -- will prove to be great encouragements toward this end:
1. Know that God delights in love toward His people and desires their intimate fellowship and communion. In keeping with the truth "we love because He first loved us" the first thing we must do to capture our affections and set them entirely upon God is to know and understand how much He delights in His church. The verses that could be used are almost innumerable but we will focus on only a few.
"The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing" (Zep. 3:17 KJV). See how the Almighty delights in His own. He rejoices over His people. His love is completely at rest in His people. He is so enamored in His love that He is pictured as singing with joy over His people. His affections are so much upon us in continual captivation, can we do any less than return our affections toward Him in wonder and fascination at so great a love?
Jesus prays, "Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am" (Joh. 17:24). Christ desires us to be in His presence to behold His glory, to proceed to a higher level of communion with Him, both presently and in the future. God cannot lie, and He faithfully lets us know in the person of Jesus Christ, "I desire that they...be with Me."
"The Lord taketh pleasure in them that fear him, in those that hope in his mercy" (Psa. 147:11). "For the Lord taketh pleasure in His people...let the saints be joyful in glory" (Psa. 149:4,5). The Lord delights in a holy satisfaction over His saints.
2. See in God all that is to be desired, and all that is truly desirable. It is by meditating upon the attributes and character of God, the glorious work of Christ in His humiliation and exaltation, and the blessed provision of the Holy Spirit that will stir up your affections toward God. David gives us an example of such holy meditation:
"Thy lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Thy faithfulness reaches to the skies. Thy righteousness is like the mountains of God; Thy judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, Thou preservest man and beast. How precious is Thy lovingkindness, O God! And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Thy wings. They drink their fill of the abundance of Thy house; And Thou dost give them to drink of the river of Thy delights. For with Thee is the fountain of life; In Thy light we see light." (Psa. 36:5-9).
In the above passage David meditates upon God's abundant mercy, great faithfulness, holy and perfect righteousness, deep and mysterious judgments, bountiful providence, and gracious protection. He sees God as the fountain and source of all delights, including life eternal. He paints such a beautiful and truthful picture of God as to make Him wholly desirable. This causes David to reach out with his affections in an attempt to capture all that God is and to place his delight and desire fully upon Him: "How precious is Thy lovingkindness, O God!"
Again, we see this same type of meditation in David: "O LORD, in Thy strength the king will be glad, And in Thy salvation how greatly he will rejoice! Thou hast given him his heart's desire" (Psa.21:1-2). And what was his desire? "He asked life of Thee, Thou didst give it to him" (v.4). David saw all that was to be desired was to be found in the Lord and the life He gives. Because of this, over and over in the Psalms we read of his intense desire to fully realize God's presence now and forever. "I have set the LORD continually before me...therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices...Thou wilt make know to me the path of life; In Thy presence is fulness of joy; In Thy right hand there are pleasures forever" (Psa. 16:8,9,11). "One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, and to meditate in His temple" (Psa. 27:4).
It is precisely because David realized the immense value in desiring and delighting in God with his whole being that he completely set his heart upon God. He undividedly devoted himself to pursuing his pearl of great price. "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise!" (Psa. 57:7) "Besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth" (Psa. 73:25). David had nothing but the strongest rebuke for anyone that would do otherwise: "O sons of men, how long will my honor become a reproach? How long will you love what is worthless?" (Psa. 4:2).
3. Know His relationship to you as bridegroom to bride. There are many titles given to God and His people to stress the intimacy of the union between them. He is the vine and we are the branches, He is the Shepherd and we are the sheep, He is the Father and we are the children, etc. But no words more emphasize the reality of the union to our God that salvation brings than that of God being our husband and we His wife, or -- stated in another way -- God being our bridegroom and we His bride. Their is no greater picture and representation of the relationship God has towards His elect than in that of the marriage covenant. The intimacy, communion, friendship, and love that flows to and through each partner in a marriage covenant is but a shadow of the reality of the covenant that God's saints share in. Each element of the marriage relationship is intensely magnified and perfected in the relationship that the saint has because of his union with Christ. It is in Christ that all these qualities -- intimacy, communion, friendship, and love -- are perfectly and abundantly showered upon the saint. This can be shown for each quality, but to focus on just one: God's covenant love toward His bride is eternal, free, unchangeable, and distinguishing. Though an earthly marriage can show forth enough of a shadow of these qualities, it falls as far short as the light of the moon is paled by the intense and unremitting beams of the sun. No man's love is eternal, -- in every case there is a beginning and end of it towards others -- yet God's love is eternal, without beginning or end. Likewise, God's love will not change or cease to be, while man's love is constantly shifting and changing with no firm guarantee for continuance. There is one "perfect" marriage and that is the one between Christ and His church. Both Single and Married saints share in this glorious reality and draw from its fountain refreshment all their days.
Not to firmly grasp, meditate upon, and continue in this great truth is one sure way to make sure your affections never cling to Christ above all others as they should. The Lord says to His church,
"You will be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD will designate. You will also be a crown of beauty in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God. It will no longer be said to you, "Forsaken," nor to your land will it any longer be said, "Desolate"; But you will be called, "My delight is in her," and your land, "Married"; For the LORD delights in you, and to Him your land will be married...For as the bridegrooom rejoices over the bride, So your God will rejoice over you" (Isaiah 62:2-5; cf. 54:5).
See the love, excitement, and affection that a bride and bridegroom display towards each other. See how they are fully enraptured with one another. See how their eyes notice no one else, how their attention is fully fixed upon the other, how they allow no one or no thing to interrupt or disturb their unwavering affections toward each other. Now magnify that to an infinite degree and you still have but a glimpse of the great love that God in Christ -- the bridegroom -- has towards His bride; all the saints that make up His church!
This love that Christ has towards His bride is beautifully and brilliantly displayed in the Song of Solomon. This book, more than any other book in the Bible, focuses on the affections, attractions, delights and desires that accompany a marraige covenant. And because the marriage covenant and the delights and desires contained therein are but a shadow of the great marriage relationship that Christ has to His church, we can then read this book with great rapture in our souls as we hear Christ speak to us of His love shown specially toward us as His bride. Every word we read that the Bridegroom speaks to the bride, we as Christians can take to heart as that which our Lord Jesus Christ says to us individually, personally, and intimately. He distinguishes us from all others as a unique and significant receptacle for His love just as a human bridegroom picks from all other women one suitable for himself. He says to His bride in ever so intimate terms, "To me, my darling, you are like my mare among the chariots of Pharoah" (1:9), "Like a lily among thorns, so is my darling among the maidens" (2:2). See how Christ considers all others as mere thorns -- vulgar, troubling, and common things -- but of His only bride He says, "My dove, my perfect one, is unique" (6:9). See how Christ sees all others as deficient and deformed, but of His bride He says, "You are most beautiful among women" (1:8), "How beautiful and how delightful you are, my love" (7:6), "You are altogether beautiful, my darling, and there is no blemish in you" (4:7). See how Christ desires communion and fellowship with His bride as He warmly appeals, "My dove...let my see your form, let me hear your voice; For your voice is sweet, and your form is lovely" (2:14). See how Christ desires His bride to be enraptured with Him alone, "Put me like a seal over your heart" (8:6; cf.4:12).
How does the bride then respond to such an overwhelming display? First she sees her husband as the only fountain of all good. She compares him to "Engedi" (1:14) which is an oasis in the desert watered by a spring. She sees that only her bridegroom is to be desired -- "I delight in His shade" (2:3) -- for all else is but dry and parched land and only in Him is refuge, comfort, and refreshment. As David writes, "O God, Thou art my God; I shall seek Thee earnestly; My soul thirsts for Thee, my flesh yearns for Thee, In a dry and weary land where there is no water" (Psa. 63:1). The saint always sees the futility and emptiness in all else but Christ. Because nothing else will satisfy, the bride will refuse to set her desires on anything but her bridegroom: "I hold on to Him and would not let Him go" (3:4). When she acheives a steadfast communion with her Lord she pleads that no one or no thing will spoil or end it: "I charge you...do not arouse or awaken my love until he pleases" (2:7; 3:5; 8:4). When her intimacy and communion are broken with her husband through her slothfulness or carelessness, the bride, when awakened to her state, will do all that is possible to restore all broken fellowship with her Lord: "Night after night I sought him whom my soul loves" (3:1). The bride, as she grows in her relationship and love towards her bridegroom, comes to confidently know the security and reality of her beloved's love toward her: "I am my beloved's and his desire is for me" (7:10). All that is to be desired is found in her Lord, and she has complete satisfaction in him: "His mouth is full of sweetness. And he is wholly desirable. This is my beloved and this is my friend" (5:16).
Truly Christian, "your husband is your Maker, whose name is the LORD of hosts" (Isa. 54:5). Rejoice and delight in this great fact! Seek to hear the voice of your Beloved as you read through the Song of Solomon and then cast your desires wholly upon Him as is only reasonable and proper (Rom. 12:1). Single, don't neglect His tender words of love to you in the Song of Solomon just because it presents a picture of marriage. It is to you that Christ speaks. To truly know of His intimate, warm, satisfying relationship to you as a Bridegroom to a bride, as a Husband to a wife, will stir up in you solid and steadfast affections toward His Person all your days -- whether spent married or unmarried.
Many among us like to boast that Christ is our everything, that we truly delight and rest in Him and Him alone. It is the fear of this author that this boast should most likely found to be an all but empty one from many professors. But dear Single, you have the opportunity to truly, whole-heartedly, undividedly, undistractedly devote yourself wholly to the person and love of Christ. You have the unique opportunity to prove your devotion in a way that few do and that even fewer (far too fewer) will. Is He enough to satisfy your soul? Can contentment be found anywhere else? Are you complete in Christ (Col. 2:10) or does He leave something lacking?
Dear Single, fix your mind, affections, and will -- all that you are -- upon Christ. "My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise!" (Psa. 57:7). Realize that if you seek to be obedient to Christ's calling in the future you must be obedient to His calling in the present; and if that calling is to worship and serve Him in singleness then so be it. He knows what is best: "The Lord is perfect in all His ways" (Psa. 145:17). Love will come if the Lord has appointed that it should come. But until then, the love that God lavishes upon you should more than compensate. His love is not bound by space and time but flows from an infinite source, an eternal fountain. No temporal love can compare. Remember what is so easy to forget: All things here below are transitory and perishing so don't overvalue temporal things! "The form of this world is passing away" (1 Cor. 7:31), "the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal" (2 Cor. 3:18). Single, obey God now by being undistractedly devoted to Him, faithful to His calling, and He will be faithful to provide that which you lack. But failing to be faithful in this area will not help anything, but instead will incite God's displeasure and your frustration.
Far from being a great curse, the state of singleness provides a unique opportunity to an individual to prove his complete and total devotion to Christ in finding satisfaction and rest in Him alone. Of course there will still be those who think singleness is a terrible burden and that marriage is a great relief. Those who are carnally minded and can think of nothing but pleasing their flesh and gratifying their senses will always think otherwise.
"For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro thoughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is completely His." (2 Chronicles 16:9)
© Richard J. Vincent, November 27, 1997