“[Psalm 71] offers fit occasion to say to the young, Behold the wisdom of early piety. Youth may be your only period of life. If you do not improve that, you may be forever undone. But if you live to old age, you will need all the consolations arising from the fact that you early gave your hearts to God. ‘Oh come to God, young people, without delay; or you may never come at all. The world will tempt and court you; but believe it not; it is a wicked flatterer, full of deceit, promising pleasure but ending in ruin,’ Matt. 6:33 ”
“No forms of religion, however solemn or bloody, can do for us sinners the great work we most need. They cannot take away sins [Hebrews 10:1-4]. They never did do it; and no wise man ever rested the weight of his salvation on so rotten a foundation. The very rites themselves declare, Salvation is not in us. The human conscience says the same thing. But Christ is just the Saviour we need. Sprinkled with his blood we are washed and justified once for all. ‘Guilt of sin once taken away doth not trouble the conscience.’ How could it? Sin is dead by the cross of Christ, and the dead speak nothing.” – William S. Plumer
William Plumer excerpts from Psalm 66 from “Psalms” (Banner of Truth):
“Whoever will duly consider the nature and history, the perils and escapes of his own life, will not want [lack] evidence of the constant care of a sleepless and almighty providence.
The whole of life is a test, a trial of what is in us, so arranged by God himself, and it is of great importance that we so regard it. Nothing is more quieting to the pious soul than to remember, ‘It is the Lord.’
However long and sharp the trials of God’s people may be, they shall have a happy issue out of them, and a blessed enlargement, which none but God can give. O yes, the trial of their faith, being more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, shall be found unto praise, and honor, and glory, at the appearing of Jesus Christ.
God’s people should communicate their experiences to each other; we should take all occasion to tell one another of the great and kind things, which God has done for us, especially for our souls.”
“When we want to be something other than the thing God wants us to be, we must be wanting what, in fact, will not make us happy. Those Divine demands which sound to our natural ears most like those of a despot and least like those of a lover, in fact marshal us where we should want to go if we knew what we wanted.”
“It is for their perpetual joy that in Christ Jesus ‘are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,’ Col. 2:3. Admirable is the scheme, devised in fathomless love and immeasurable wisdom, whereby our resources are in another and not in ourselves. ‘For it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell,’ Col 1:19. ‘And of His fulness have we all received, and grace for grace,’ John 1:16. The best of mere men do on earth sadly deplore their leanness, and were this all, they would sink into deep sadness. But when they look to Jesus they behold such amazing supplies, that they are no longer straitened. He is a never failing well-spring of all good things.” – William S. Plumer
“Believers rest their whole weight on Christ. This foundation cannot fail. The deluge of wrath, which shall melt the mountains, dissolve the elements, burn up the sea, and sweep away every monument of human greatness, shall not shake this Rock. Lot in Zoar, Noah in the ark, Elijah in the chariot of fire, were not more safe than are all those who have built on Christ. They are parts of a building the most stupendous and glorious ever reared. It shall stand for ever.” – William S. Plumer
“As Christ shall live and reign, be known, loved and adored eternally, let us take His yoke upon us, for it is light; let us receive Him as the Lord our righteousness; let us richly partake of His Spirit; let us follow His footsteps; let us be kind to His people and cast in our lot with them; let us not live to ourselves, but to Him that bought us with His blood; let us glory in His cross; let us not be offended in Him, nor ashamed of Him or His work; let us live and die in His service and to His glory.” – William S. Plumer