Sunday, February 10, 2008

The Love of the Lord

Hosea 3:1
The love of the Lord.


Believer, look back through all thine experience, and think of the way whereby the Lord thy God has led thee in the wilderness, and how He hath fed and clothed thee every day-how He hath borne with thine ill manners-how He hath put up with all thy murmurings, and all thy longings after the flesh-pots of Egypt-how He has opened the rock to supply thee, and fed thee with manna that came down from heaven. Think of how His grace has been sufficient for thee in all thy troubles-how His blood has been a pardon to thee in all thy sins-how His rod and His staff have comforted thee. When thou hast thus looked back upon the love of the Lord, then let faith survey His love in the future, for remember that Christ's covenant and blood have something more in them than the past. He who has loved thee and pardoned thee, shall never cease to love and pardon. He is Alpha, and He shall be Omega also: He is first, and He shall be last. Therefore, bethink thee, when thou shalt pass through the valley of the shadow of death, thou needest fear no evil, for He is with thee. When thou shalt stand in the cold floods of Jordan, thou needest not fear, for death cannot separate thee from His love; and when thou shalt come into the mysteries of eternity thou needest not tremble, "For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Now, soul, is not thy love refreshed? Does not this make thee love Jesus? Doth not a flight through illimitable plains of the ether of love inflame thy heart and compel thee to delight thyself in the Lord thy God? Surely as we meditate on "the love of the Lord," our hearts burn within us, and we long to love Him more.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon

Sing this beautiful hymn here.

11 comments:

Mimi said...

beautiful post... for the love of the Lord and his grace is sufficient for me!!!
thanks for the beautiful words Cathy

Saija said...

i love it when Romans 8 is quoted ... or song ... what an encouraging chapter - isn't it?!

Cathy said...

Thank you, and you're welcome, Mimi. I forgot to give Charles Spurgeon credit for the devotional! I could never write anything that beautiful!

Yes, Saija, it is wonderful!

sparrow's song said...

Yes, it does make me love Him who loved me first. I enjoy Charles Spurgeon too.

"For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I know that you and I agree this poetic nature of the KJV is irreplaceable. Perhaps there are other legit versions but none declare His Love so eloquently and linger along the heart so profoundly as the KJV, and espeically this verse. And if this is the version that God has placed in your heart, like He did mine, then there is hardly one that can compare.

Cathy said...

Sparrow, thank you for your comment. Yes, I just love the King James version. I guess because it is so poetic, as you said. And that must be why I love Spurgeon's devotionals.

Beka said...

Wow. What marvelous words. Spurgeon had such a way of expressing things, didn't he? I am always touched by his writings. I just finished reading a biography of Mrs. Susannah Spurgeon and was blessed by her sweet life as well.

Cathy said...

Beka, yes I enjoy his devotionals so much. And I will have to look for that book you read!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A very sweet devotional. It was timely for me to read it as I learned today a friend back in my hometown died this morning.

Katherine

Cathy said...

Oh, Katherine, I'm sorry. But I'm glad the devotional comforted you.

Karen said...

"For I am persuaded, that neither death; nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."

I LOVE THAT SCRIPTURE! IT IS SO COMFORTING!

CATHY HAVE YOU EVER HEARD THE SONG, 'I AM SATISFIED WITH JESUS' ?
I HAVEN'T HEARD THAT SONG iN 40YEARS, BUT I LOVE IT.

Cathy said...

Yes, Karen, it is very comforting. I have not heard that song, but will have to look it up. Thanks, dear.