In seasons of severe trial …

“On Mine arm shall they trust.”
Isaiah 51:5

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at our God sometimes because of the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord then than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God. Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms. Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits. Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as he built the heavens and the earth, glorify himself in thy weakness, and magnify his might in the midst of thy distress. The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus this closing day of the month.”

– from “Morning and Evening” by Charles Spurgeon. (morning, August 31)

Psalm 100:1b-5

Psalm 100:1b-5
“1b) Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all you lands.
2) Serve the LORD with gladness: come before His presence with singing.
3) Know you that the LORD He is God: it is He that has made us, and not we ourselves; we are His people, and the sheep of His pasture.
4) Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, and into His courts with praise: be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5) For the LORD is good; His mercy is everlasting; and His truth endures to all generations.”

Psalms 95:1-7a

Psalms 95:1-7a
“1) O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the Rock of our salvation.
2) Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto Him with psalms.
3) For the LORD is a great God, and a great King above all gods.
4) In His hand are the deep places of the earth: the strength of the hills is His also.
5) The sea is His, and He made it: and His hands formed the dry land.
6) O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our Maker.
7a) For He is our God; and we are the people of His pasture, and the sheep of His hand.”

Now, I realize …

“Now, I realize I am nothing but bone made from dust
Someone learning to love like You do
Eternally, always true.
I want to be nothing more than a man wholly Yours
A beloved son, one who You hold close to Your heart
Eternally, never apart”
-from “Made From Dust” by Ivoryline.

Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6:19-21
“19) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:
20) But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
21) For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”