Saturday with Spurgeon

The Humbling Impact of Grace

“So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.” Samuel 9:13

Mephibosheth was no great ornament to a royal table, yet he had a continual place at David’s board, because the king could see in his face the features of the beloved Jonathan. Like Mephibosheth, we may cry unto the King of Glory, “What is thy servant, that thou shouldst look upon such a dead dog as I am?” but still the Lord indulges us with most familiar intercourse with himself, because he sees in our countenances the remembrance of his dearly-beloved Jesus. The Lord’s people are dear for another’s sake. Such is the love which the Father bears to his only begotten, that for his sake he raises his lowly brethren from poverty and banishment, to courtly companionship, noble rank, and royal provision. Their deformity shall not rob them of their privileges. Lameness is no bar to sonship; the cripple is as much the heir as if he could run like Asahel. Our right does not limp, though our might may. A king’s table is a noble hiding-place for lame legs, and at the gospel feast we learn to glory in infirmities, because the power of Christ resteth upon us. Yet grievous disability may mar the persons of the best-loved saints. Here is one feasted by David, and yet so lame in both his feet that he could not go up with the king when he fled from the city, and was therefore maligned and injured by his servant Ziba. Saints whose faith is weak, and whose knowledge is slender, are great losers; they are exposed to many enemies, and cannot follow the king whithersoever he goeth. This disease frequently arises from falls. Bad nursing in their spiritual infancy often causes converts to fall into a despondency from which they never recover, and sin in other cases brings broken bones. Lord, help the lame to leap like an hart, and satisfy all thy people with the bread of thy table!


Read more...

Call It Out

Psalm 7:1, “O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:”
 
Persecution is not a thing of the past. Many believers around the world still face severe persecution for their faith. Indeed, this is a promise to any who live a godly life in Christ Jesus. Perhaps the most powerful and regularly used instrument of persecution is the tongue. Deliverance is found only in Christ Jesus. The Lord died on the cross so that He might be your God, yours by a special covenant sealed by His precious blood. Trust in the One who was persecuted to death, yet lives, and you will likewise be delivered, now and for eternity.

Read more...

Fruitfulness is Linked to Faithfulness

John 15:5, “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
 
Every road has two ditches. One says, “I can’t do anything.” The other, “I can do it all by myself.” Remember Jesus never said, “Without Me you cannot do the big stuff.” The issue is not that we can do some things in our own strength. The issue is that we can do nothing apart from Christ. Fruitfulness in God’s work has one requirement: faithfulness in God’s Son. The only way a believer will make any progress in becoming more like Christ, is by relying on the Holy Spirit rather than our own abilities. To abide in Christ requires trusting Him, no matter what. He will take care of the rest.

Read more...

A Stormy Weather Prayer

Psalm 55:5-6, “Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me. And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.”
 
This psalm was written during stormy weather, not a thunderstorm or a hailstorm, but a people storm. Those are often the worst kind. The Lord’s servants sometimes get weary, not necessarily weary of the work, just weary in the work. David’s heart was broken. His spirit beaten down and his energy level was not what it used to be. He wanted to escape, but no matter where we run, we are still there. When an overwhelming storm hits, don’t run to the hills. Instead, fall on your knees. Trust God. He is faithful to hear, save, and deliver you (Psalm 55:16-18).

Read more...

The True Mother of Victories

Psalm 21:7, “For the king trusteth in the LORD, and through the mercy of the most High he shall not be moved.”
 
This is a psalm of confident thanksgiving. By it, we are taught to thank God for past and present victories. We are also taught to anticipate future successes. Our confidence for all this is grounded in the steadfast love of the most High God. Spurgeon said it best, “The joy of faith and the victory achieved was due to precious grace. A holy confidence in Jehovah is the true mother of victories.”
 
Trust God no matter what and be assured that whatever changes or reversals you experience in the moment, your ultimate wellbeing is secure, because every hope rooted in and leaning on the gracious promises of our Lord Jesus will be fulfilled. 

Read more...

Memorial Day Thoughts

Memorial Day is one of the most justified holidays on the American calendar. Our nation is right to remember and honor those who have sacrificed their lives to defend our lives and liberties. Freedom is never free. I have spent a considerable amount of time in Arlington National Cemetery, where line after line of simple white markers declare liberty’s price. The sacrifices of those who have paid that price is worthy of recognition. Those markers are simple but powerful symbols of sacrifice. Symbols are powerful things.

God and Memorials

God is big on memorials. They are found scattered throughout the Scriptures. One example is from 1 Samuel 7:12, “Then Samuel took a stone, and set it between Mizpeh and Shen, and called the name of it Ebenezer, saying, Hitherto hath the LORD helped us.” That particular memorial was used by Robert Robinson in the hymn Come Thou Fount. The second stanza says: 
Here I raise mine Ebenezer; Hither by Thy help I come; And I hope, by Thy good pleasure, Safely to arrive at home. Jesus sought me when a stranger, Wandering from the fold of God; He to rescue me from danger, Interposed His precious blood.
God is our stone of help; which is what the word Ebenezer means. The hymn beautifully reminds us of our need for memorials. God has been, and will continue to be, my Savior and my sustainer. Therefore I can be “Confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in me will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ,” Philippians 1:6.
 
On this Memorial Day let’s remember the sacrifice of men and women who have paid the ultimate price to defend the temporary freedoms we enjoy in this life. On this day, and everyday, let’s remember and announce to all who will hear the eternal liberty and security that is found in Christ alone.

Read more...

Look Higher

“I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth. He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD is thy keeper: the LORD is thy shade upon thy right hand. The sun shall not smite thee by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD shall preserve thee from all evil: he shall preserve thy soul. The  The LORD shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore.” – Psalm 121
 
Psalm 121 does not promise believers the absence of troubles, but rather assumes them. From the first verse it acknowledges our need of help: “Where does my help come from?” Life is difficult and dangerous. This doesn’t mean we take unnecessary risks or act carelessly. This does mean that life is not safe and cannot be made safe. Believers cannot bypass the troubles endemic to a fallen world. 
 
Trusting Psalm 121 does not mean that you should shun earthly helps. Go to the doctor when you’re sick. Plan wisely for retirement and work your plan. Pray for your civil leaders and be a good citizen. Be helpful to others. Just do not forget, all of these are created means of help. They are finite and therefore limited. But God is the Creator. He is infinite and His power is unlimited. So, when you’re looking up to the hills for your help, LOOK HIGHER!
 
Psalm 121 is our text this morning. We look forward to gathering together at 11am. The service will also be live-streamed.

Read more...

Saturday with Spurgeon

WALK WITHOUT STUMBLING

“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved” Psalm 121:3.

If the Lord will not suffer it, neither men nor devils can do it. How greatly would they rejoice if they could give us a disgraceful fall, drive us from our position, and bury us out of memory! They could do this to their heart’s content were it not for one hindrance, and only one: the Lord will not suffer it; and if He does not suffer it, we shall not suffer it.

The way of life is like traveling among the Alps. Along mountain paths one is constantly exposed to the slipping of the foot. Where the way is high the head is apt to swim, and then the feet soon slide: there are spots which are smooth as glass, and others that are rough with loose stones, and in either of these a fall is hard to avoid. He who throughout life is enabled to keep himself upright and to walk without stumbling has the best of reasons for gratitude. What with pitfalls and snares, weak knees, weary feet, and subtle enemies, no child of God would stand fast for an hour were it not for the faithful love which will not suffer his foot to be moved. “Amidst a thousand snares I stand Upheld and guarded by thy hand; That hand unseen shall hold me still, And lead me to thy holy hill.”


Read more...

There is Joy in the Morning

Psalm 30:5, “For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favor is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.”
 
To know and trust Jesus is to know real and lasting joy. This does not exempt the believer from sin, or sin’s consequences. God is perfectly just and completely loving. He is never one or the other. He never leans more in one direction than the other. God disciplines His children, just as any good father should. That discipline is justly balanced, perfectly administered, and as soon as confession is made, our fellowship with the Father is fully restored. For those who trust God, mourning – for whatever reason – only lasts until morning. Have you trusted Jesus? Are you trusting Him?

Read more...

God Never Disappoints

Ruth 2:12, “The LORD recompense thy work, and a full reward be given thee of the LORD God of Israel, under whose wings thou art come to trust.” 
 
Grace has no conditions. God’s grace and favor do not operate on the basis of an employee and employer relationship. Ruth found grace and favor, not because of her good attitude and model character traits. Ruth found grace and favor because she sought refuge under God’s wings. She trusted the character and promises of God. Her example is one to follow. Seek refuge under God’s wings. Count His protection better than all others. Trust His promises from the core of your being, and you will not be disappointed.

Read more...