"Oh to Grace how great a debtor
daily I'm constrained to be.
Let thy goodness, like a fetter
bind my wandering heart to Thee!"

Friday, July 10, 2009

Spurgeon Devotion

“Forget not all His benefits.”
- Psalms 103:2

It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints, and to observe his goodness in delivering them, his mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping his covenant with them. But would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in our own lives? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of his goodness and of his truth, as much a proof of his faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? We do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that he wrought all his mighty acts, and showed himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare his arm for the saints who are now upon the earth. Let us review our own lives. Surely in these we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God. Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you had no manifestations? Have you had no choice favours? The God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart, hath he never listened to you and answered your requests? That God of lavish bounty of whom David sang, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things,” hath he never satiated you with fatness? Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have you never been led by the still waters? Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old. Let us, then, weave his mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness, and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls give forth music as sweet and as exhilarating as came from David’s harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endureth for ever.


Kyle said...

Susan, I cannot express how encouraged I am to find your blog. So often I grow discouraged with the condition of the church in our nation. The people sway between two opinions, and the glorious gospel is severely compromised. But the LORD has reserved for Himself 7,000 men who have not bowed the knee to bow. I am 22 years old; all over the nation I see the Lord raising up people my age. The gospel is being recovered! I am encouraged yet again to preach and pray with great boldness. May the LORD pour His Spirit like floods upon the dry ground, revive His Church, and sweep thousands of souls into the Kingdom.

Your grateful brother,

Anonymous said...

I recognized this, and realized that it is from the Morning & Evening devotion, and that you posted this over a year ago. I read this one a few days ago, July 9, in the morning, and I absolutely loved this one, as with all of Spurgeon's daily words of wisdom. This actually really stuck out to me and I read it a few times during the day, and then I was browsing your blog and saw it again. Such powerful words...and such truth. We often overlook the work of God in our lives when we are confronted with the stories of biblical saints who achieved such awesome things for the kingdom of God through the work of the Holy Spirit. It is encouraging to think of God's work in our lives in the present day as well and know that he is just as present and active.
God bless!
-Lauren Browning