Dear Lord, into Thy faithful hands,
My welfare I commit;
And to Thy righteousness alone,
For safely I retreat.
Sorrows and agonies and death,
Thou didst endure for me;
When all the sins of God’s elect
Where made to meet on Thee.
Though worthy in myself of hell
And everlasting shame;
I cannot dread the frown Divine,
Accepted in the Lamb.
Still on Thy merit, gracious Lord,
Enable me to lean;
Ever in Thee my I be found
My hiding place from sin.
Author: Augustus Toplady
(Tune: O for a Thousand Tongues)
“For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”. 2 Timothy 1:12
“And I will meditate in thy precepts.”
There are times when solitude is better than society, and silence is wiser than speech. We should be better Christians if we were more alone, waiting upon God, and gathering through meditation on his Word spiritual strength for labour in his service. We ought to muse upon the things of God, because we thus get the real nutriment out of them. Truth is something like the cluster of the vine: if we would have wine from it, we must bruise it; we must press and squeeze it many times. The bruiser’s feet must come down joyfully upon the bunches, or else the juice will not flow; and they must well tread the grapes, or else much of the precious liquid will be wasted. So we must, by meditation, tread the clusters of truth, if we would get the wine of consolation there from. Our bodies are not supported by merely taking food into the mouth, but the process which really supplies the muscle, and the nerve, and the sinew, and the bone, is the process of digestion. It is by digestion that the outward food becomes assimilated with the inner life. Our souls are not nourished merely by listening awhile to this, and then to that, and then to the other part of divine truth. Hearing, reading, marking, and learning, all require inwardly digesting to complete their usefulness, and the inward digesting of the truth lies for the most part in meditating upon it. Why is it that some Christians, although they hear many sermons, make but slow advances in the divine life? Because they neglect their closets, and do not thoughtfully meditate on God’s Word. They love the wheat, but they do not grind it; they would have the corn, but they will not go forth into the fields to gather it; the fruit hangs upon the tree, but they will not pluck it; the water flows at their feet, but they will not stoop to drink it. From such folly deliver us, O Lord, and be this our resolve this morning, “I will meditate in thy precepts.” —Charles Spurgeon
An old man, who was accustomed to catching trout in a certain stream, was asked by one who had been fishing in vain, “Have you caught any fish today?” “Yes, Sir,” he said, “I have a little basketful.” “Oh!” said the other, “I have been fishing all day long, and I have taken none.” “No,” said the man, “but there are three rules about catching trout, which, Perhaps you have not observed. The first is—Get quite out of sight; and the second is—Get still more out of sight, and the third is—Get still more out of sight than that; and you will catch them so.” And I believe that it is just so in preaching. If the preacher can get quite out of sight, and still more out of sight, and yet still more out of sight, then he will be the means of bringing souls to Christ. —Unknown
The Dog Follows His Master
So long as two men are walking together, you cannot tell which one of them the dog belongs to. But let the two men part company and it then becomes evident; the dog will follow his master! The dog does not hesitate, debate, or remain undecided; he quickly follows the one he loves.
Where Christ and men separate; where the Word of God and the traditions of men divide; where the ways of God and the ways of the flesh part, the servant of Christ does not hesitate, debate, or remain undecided; he follows Christ, whom he loves, regardless of the cost.
The master may go to a simple cottage, a meal of dry bread, and a lonesome existence while his companion enjoys all the luxuries of the world. But the faithful dog cares little for these things so long as he is with his master.
“Content with beholding His Face
My all to His pleasure resigned;
No changes of season or place,
Would make any change in my mind;
While blessed with a sense of His love,
A palace a toy would appear;
And prisons would palaces prove.
If Jesus would dwell with me there.”
“Seeing then that we have such hope, we use great plainness of speech”.
I see a lot of men who claim to preach the Gospel of God’s grace in Christ Jesus, involved in a lot of hairsplitting confusion and debating of complicated irrelevancies. Thank God for those who, by His grace and power, preach the clear, plain simplicity that is in Christ Jesus. If little children cannot understand (intellectually) your gospel, then your gospel is worthless. I know that the truth must be revealed by God and that it is unfathomable, but the Gospel our Lord preached, was and is not confusing or hard to understand. Even those who hated it (Him), and were ever learning yet never able to come to a knowledge of the truth, clearly understood what He was saying, though they were spiritually blind. You did not need a lexicon to refer to when our Lord preached. He did not carry a chalk board with Him and scribble diagrams, and chronological charts, or make endless, complex word studies. People are dying and going to Hell while Doctors of Theology are rambling for hours without ever once simply telling anyone how a sinner can be saved by the free grace of God in Christ Jesus. How sad.
—By: Chris Cunningham