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.”