Monday, May 4, 2009

Our Present Help

Psalm 46:1
A very present help.

Covenant blessings are not meant to be looked at only, but to be appropriated. Even our Lord Jesus is given to us for our present use. Believer, thou dost not make use of Christ as thou oughtest to do. When thou art in trouble, why dost thou not tell Him all thy grief? Has He not a sympathizing heart, and can He not comfort and relieve thee? No, thou art going about to all thy friends, save thy best Friend, and telling thy tale everywhere except into the bosom of thy Lord. Art thou burdened with this day's sins? Here is a fountain filled with blood: use it, saint, use it. Has a sense of guilt returned upon thee? The pardoning grace of Jesus may be proved again and again. Come to Him at once for cleansing. Dost thou deplore thy weakness? He is thy strength: why not lean upon Him? Dost thou feel naked? Come hither, soul; put on the robe of Jesus' righteousness. Stand not looking at it, but wear it. Strip off thine own righteousness, and thine own fears too: put on the fair white linen, for it was meant to wear. Dost thou feel thyself sick? Pull the night-bell of prayer, and call up the Beloved Physician! He will give the cordial that will revive thee. Thou art poor, but then thou hast "a kinsman, a mighty man of wealth." What! wilt thou not go to Him, and ask Him to give thee of His abundance, when He has given thee this promise, that thou shalt be joint heir with Him, and has made over all that He is and all that He has to be thine? There is nothing Christ dislikes more than for His people to make a show-thing of Him, and not to use Him. He loves to be employed by us. The more burdens we put on His shoulders, the more precious will He be to us.
"Let us be simple with Him, then,
Not backward, stiff, or cold,
As though our Bethlehem could be
What Sinai was of old."

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon


Smilingsal said...

The key is to be able to LEAVE our burdens there.

Cherdecor said...

I had Alan read this with me. That Spurgeon was such a great writer. He really knew how to communicate the Word of God.

It is true. I find myself worrying around about stuff when I should be going to the Lord about it. WEll, I am still learning.!

Thank you so much for posting these devotionals. They are so good.

jAne said...

Leaning on Him Who desires to lead us on the righteous path ...

It's a lesson I must learn time and again. Your post is a confirmation to me, once again, especially since I tip-toe'd over here from Michele's blog (Whatsoever Things..) after reading her post with the words to the old hymn, Leaning. :o)

God's good. God's very good. <><


p.s. I'm having a giveaway.

Peggy said...

Blessings Cathy...How are you feeling & doing? Psalm 46 is a beautiful prayer to call out for His help in any circumstance!