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August 9, 2010

Thou, O LORD

<< Psalm 3 (WBT) >>

LORD, how are they multiplied that trouble me? Many are they that rise up against me.

Many there are who say of my soul, There is no help for him in God. Selah.

But Thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

I cried unto the LORD with my voice, and He heard me from His holy hill. Selah.

I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me on all sides.

Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for Thou hast smitten all my enemies upon the cheek bone; Thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.

Salvation belongeth to the LORD: thy blessing is upon thy people. Selah.


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August 4, 2010

Spurgeon ~ With blasting, With Mildew & With Hail

 

“I smote you with blasting and with mildew and with hail in all the labours of your hands.” ~Haggai 2:17
How destructive is the hail to the standing crops, beating out the precious grain upon the ground! How grateful ought we to be when the corn is spared so terrible a ruin! Let us offer unto the Lord thanksgiving.
Even more to be dreaded are those mysterious destroyers-smut, bunt, rust, and mildew.

These turn the ear into a mass of soot, or render it putrid, or dry up the grain, and all in a manner so beyond all human control that the farmer is compelled to cry, “This is the finger of God.”

Innumerable minute fungi cause the mischief, and were it not for the goodness of God, the rider on the black horse would soon scatter famine over the land. Infinite mercy spares the food of men, but in view of the the-lords-prayer-collage-ruth-palmer active agents which are ready to destroy the harvest, right wisely are we taught to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.”

The curse is abroad; we have constant need of the blessing. When blight and mildew come they are chastisements from heaven, and men must learn to hear the rod, and him that hath appointed it.

Spiritually, mildew is no uncommon evil. When our work is most promising this blight appears. We hoped for many conversions, and lo! a general apathy, an abounding worldliness, or a cruel hardness of heart!

There may be no open sin in those for whom we are labouring, but there is a deficiency of sincerity and decision sadly disappointing our desires. We learn from this our dependence upon the Lord, and the need of prayer that no blight may fall upon our work.

Spiritual pride or sloth will soon bring upon us the dreadful evil, and only the Lord of the harvest can remove it. Mildew may even attack our own hearts, and shrivel our prayers and religious exercises. May it please the great Husbandman to avert so serious a calamity.

Shine, blessed Sun of Righteousness, and drive the blights away.

August 2, 2010

Spurgeon ~ So She Gleaned

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“So she gleaned in the field until even.”
~Ruth 2:17

Let me learn from Ruth, the gleaner. As she went out to gather the ears of corn, so must I go forth into the fields of prayer, meditation, the ordinances, and hearing the word to gather spiritual food. The gleaner gathers her portion ear by ear; her gains are little by little: so must I be content to search for single truths, if there be no greater plenty of them.

Every ear helps to make a bundle, and every gospel lesson assists in making us wise unto salvation. The gleaner keeps her eyes open: if she stumbled among the stubble in a dream, she would have no load to carry home rejoicingly at eventide.

I must be watchful in religious exercises lest they become unprofitable to me; I fear I have lost much already-O that I may rightly estimate my opportunities, and glean with greater diligence.Ruth in the Field of Boaz

The gleaner stoops for all she finds, and so must I.

High spirits criticize and object, but lowly minds glean and receive benefit. A humble heart is a great help towards profitably hearing the gospel. The engrafted soul-saving word is not received except with meekness.

A stiff back makes a bad gleaner; down, master pride, thou art a vile robber, not to be endured for a moment.

What the gleaner gathers she holds:  if she dropped one ear to find another, the result of her day’s work would be but scant; she is as careful to retain as to obtain, and so at last her gains are great. How often do I forget all that I hear; the second truth pushes the first out of my head, and so my reading and hearing end in much ado about nothing!

Do I feel duly the importance of storing up the truth? A hungry belly makes the gleaner wise; if there be no corn in her hand, there will be no bread on her table; she labours under the sense of necessity, and hence her tread is nimble and her grasp is firm; I have even a greater necessity, Lord, help me to feel it, that it may urge me onward to glean in fields which yield so plenteous a reward to diligence.

July 30, 2010

Timeless Promise

Him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.[1]

This promise decree’s to all – no matter who they may be, Israelites, Gentiles, Pharisees, Scoffers, Harlots, or even the very Castaways of the devil – a promise of unparalleled proportion.

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Timeless Promise

There are no limits to its duration – it is a timeless promise. It does not merely say, “I will not cast out a sinner only upon the first time he comes to me,”  but “I will in no wise cast out.” The original Greek reads οὐ μή (oo may).  This is a double negative strengthening His denial of ever responding with rejection; “I will not, not cast out,” or “I will never, never cast out.”  It means, that Christ will not at first reject a new believer; and that as He will not do it at the first, so He will not in the latter.

But suppose the believer sins after coming to Christ?  “If any man sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.” But suppose that believers backslide? “I will heal their backsliding,   I will love them freely: for mine anger is turned away from him.” But believers may fall under temptation! “God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” But the believer may fall into sin as David did! Yes, but he will “Purge them with hyssop, and they shall be clean; he will wash them and they shall be whiter than snow”; “From all their iniquities will I cleanse them.” Not from some sins, not from a few iniquities but all of them!

“Once in Christ, in Christ forever,
Nothing from his love can sever.”

I give unto my sheep,” saith He, “eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.” What have you to say to this, O trembling feeble mind? Is not this the most precious mercy, that coming to Christ, you do not come to One who will treat you well for a little while, and then send you about your business, but He will receive you and make you His bride, and you will be His forever?

Then receive no longer the spirit of bondage to fear, but the spirit of adoption whereby you shall cry, Abba, Father! Oh! the grace of these words: “I will in no wise cast out.”

Sources:
[1] John 6:37 (KJV)
Daily Devotions by Charles Spurgeon

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