“3) Look, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4) As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5) Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they will not be ashamed, but they will speak with the enemies in the gate.”
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 Sunday #PsalmSunday Week 10 … Psalm 10:1-18 “1) Why standest Thou afar off, O Lord? Why hidest Thou Thyself in times of trouble?
2) The wicked in his pride doth persecute the poor; let them be caught in the devices that they have contrived.
3) For the wicked boasteth of his heart’s desire, and blesseth the covetous whom the Lord abhorreth.
4) The wicked, in the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God; God is not in all his thoughts.
5) His ways are always grievous; Thy judgments are far above, out of his sight; as for all his enemies, he puffeth at them.
6) He hath said in his heart, “I shall not be moved, for I shall never be in adversity.”
7) His mouth is full of cursing and deceit and fraud; under his tongue is mischief and vanity.
8) He sitteth in the lurking places of the villages; in secret places doth he murder the innocent; his eyes are privily set against the poor.
9) He lieth in wait secretly as a lion in his den; he lieth in wait to catch the poor; he doth catch the poor when he draweth him into his net.
10) He croucheth and humbleth himself, that the poor may fall by his strong ones.
11) He hath said in his heart, “God hath forgotten; He hideth His face, He will never see it.”
12) Arise, O Lord! O God, lift up Thine hand! Forget not the humble.
13) Why doth the wicked contemn God? He hath said in his heart, “Thou wilt not keep account.”
14) But Thou hast seen it, for Thou beholdest mischief and spite, to requite it with Thy hand. The poor committeth himself unto Thee; Thou art the helper of the fatherless.
15) Break Thou the arm of the wicked and the evil man; seek out his wickedness until Thou find none.
16) The Lord is King for ever and ever; the heathen have perished out of His land.
17) Lord, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble; Thou wilt prepare their heart, Thou wilt cause Thine ear to hear,
18) to judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.”
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)
“20) Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that count darkness as light, and light as darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
21) Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
22) Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink,
23) who justify the wicked for a reward, and take away the righteousness of the righteous from him!
24) Therefore as the fire devoureth the stubble, and the flame consumeth the chaff, so their root shall be rottenness, and their blossom shall go up as dust; because they have cast away the law of the Lord of hosts, and despised the word of the Holy One of Israel.”
“The sole and only hope of a sinful world” by Charles H. Spurgeon.
“There is one divine remedy, and only one. It is no mixture. Receive ye it and live—’With His stripes we are healed.’ No sprinkling can wash out sin, no confirmation can confer grace, no masses can propitiate God.
Your hope must be in Jesus, Jesus smitten, Jesus bruised, Jesus slain, Jesus the Substitute for sinners. Whosoever believes in Him is healed, but all other hopes are a lie from top to bottom.
Of sacramentarianism, I will say that its Alpha is a lie, and its Omega is a lie, it is false as the devil who devised it. But Christ, and only Christ, is the true Physician of souls, and His stripes the only remedy.
Oh, for a trumpet to sound this through every town of England! Through every city of Europe! Oh, to preach this in the Colosseum! Or better still from the pulpit of St. Peter’s!—’With His stripes we are healed.’
Away, away ye deceivers, with your mixtures and compounds. Away ye proud sons of men with your boastings of what ye feel, and think, and do, and what ye intend and vow. ‘With His stripes we are healed.’
A crucified Saviour is the sole and only hope of a sinful world.”
“If we go astray in our doctrine, eventually our life will go astray as well. You cannot separate what a man believes from what he is. For this reason doctrine is vitally important. Certain people say ignorantly, ‘I do not believe in doctrine; I believe in the Lord Jesus Christ; I am saved, I am a Christian, and nothing else matters.’ To speak in that way is to court disaster, and for this reason, the New Testament itself warns us against this very danger. We are to guard ourselves against being ‘tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine’, for if your doctrine goes astray your life will soon suffer as well. So it behoves us to study the doctrines in order that we may safeguard ourselves against certain erroneous and heretical teachings that are as rife and as common in the world today as they were in the days of the early Church.” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones