Monday, April 19, 2010

Lift Them Up

Psalm 28:9
Lift them up for ever.

God's people need lifting up. They are very heavy by nature. They have no wings, or, if they have, they are like the dove of old which lay among the pots; and they need divine grace to make them mount on wings covered with silver, and with feathers of yellow gold. By nature sparks fly upward, but the sinful souls of men fall downward. O Lord, "lift them up for ever!" David himself said, "Unto Thee, O God, do I lift up my soul," and he here feels the necessity that other men's souls should be lifted up as well as his own. When you ask this blessing for yourself, forget not to seek it for others also. There are three ways in which God's people require to be lifted up. They require to be elevated in character. Lift them up, O Lord; do not suffer Thy people to be like the world's people! The world lieth in the wicked one; lift them out of it! The world's people are looking after silver and gold, seeking their own pleasures, and the gratification of their lusts; but, Lord, lift Thy people up above all this; keep them from being "muck-rakers," as John Bunyan calls the man who was always scraping after gold! Set thou their hearts upon their risen Lord and the heavenly heritage! Moreover, believers need to be prospered in conflict. In the battle, if they seem to fall, O Lord, be pleased to give them the victory. If the foot of the foe be upon their necks for a moment, help them to grasp the sword of the Spirit, and eventually to win the battle. Lord, lift up Thy children's spirits in the day of conflict; let them not sit in the dust, mourning for ever. Suffer not the adversary to vex them sore, and make them fret; but if they have been, like Hannah, persecuted, let them sing of the mercy of a delivering God. We may also ask our Lord to lift them up at the last! Lift them up by taking them home, lift their bodies from the tomb, and raise their souls to Thine eternal kingdom in glory.

Devotional by Charles Spurgeon


Denise said...

I enjoyed this my friend.

Maxine said...

I need to be lifted up in all these ways. Amen.

Andrea said...

Blessings, andrea

Karen said...

Beautiful devotion....

Crystal Mary said...

"My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my saviour." Luke 1:46
This scripture came to mind as soon as I read your writings here.. is sooo beautiful.
It's early morning here in Australia and I am up for a busy day.
I came to you through Charlottes Web...climbing along her thread.. Bless her! What a joy to read good words and to write back while listening to the many birds singing for joy outside....and to make connect to a part of the body of Christ across the world. Yipee!!
It makes your heart sing for joy!
Bless you. Hugs.

Deborah said...

Wonderful post!

theshepherdshouse said...

A wonderful devotional, Cathy!

I hope you are enjoying the Lord's goodness today!

Nancy said...

Spurgeon is one of the best!!! Great I needed a lift.

Anonymous said...

I hope you enjoy the crock pot as your number was chosen, Cathy. What a blessing it is to know our Lord lavishes all His love on us, even by angel blessings .. I hope that you can one day, spread your own angel wings, and bless soemone else in some way, as you have been blessed today.. It is truly a joy to be the giver of second blessings.. Enjoy your new gift, sister..

Cathy said...

Thank you so much, sweet sister. You are very kind and generous. I appreciate my "angel blessing" so much. The Lord is blessing me with many giveaways. I pray I will be a blessing just as you have been.

In His Love,