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Gleaning Some Good Words — “Morning by Morning”, Spurgeon, 8/1

November 10, 2013

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Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn.”
Ruth 2:2

Downcast and troubled Christian
come and glean today in the broad field of promise.
Here are abundance of precious promises,
which exactly meet your wants.
Take this one: “He will not break the bruised reed,
nor quench the smoking flax.”

Does that suit your case?
A reed, helpless, insignificant,
and weak, a bruised reed, out of which
no music can come;
weaker than weakness itself;
a reed, and that reed bruised,
yet, he will not break you;
but on the contrary, will restore
and strengthen you. You are like the smoking
fire: no light, no warmth, can come from you;
but he will not quench you; he will blow with his sweet
breath of mercy till he fans you to a flame.

Would you glean another ear?
“Come to me all you that are weary
and burdened, and I will give you rest.”

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Take another ear of corn:
“Fear not, you worm Jacob,
I will help you, says the Lord and your Redeemer,
the Holy One of Israel.”  How can you fear
with such a wonderful
assurance as this?
You may gather ten thousand
such golden ears as these!

“I have blotted out your sins like a cloud,
and like a thick cloud your transgressions.”
Or this, “Though your sins be as scarlet,
they shall be as white as snow;
though they be red like crimson,
they shall be as wool.”  Or this,
“The Spirit and the Bride say,
Come, and let him that is thirsty
come, and whosoever will
let him take the water of life freely.”

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Poor timid believer!
Gather them up,
make them your own,
for Jesus bids you take them.
Be not afraid, only believe!
Grasp these sweet promises,
thresh them out by meditation
and feed on them with joy.

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Changeful Experience: Spurgeon Spoken Word, May 22

June 16, 2013

“He led them forth by the right way.”—Psalm 107:7.

HANGEFUL experience often leads
the anxious believer to enquire
“Why is it so with me?”
I looked for light,
but lo, darkness came;
for peace, but behold trouble.
I said in my heart,
my mountain stands firm,
I shall never be moved.
Lord, you  hide your face, and I am troubled…

to-day, my spirit has no hopes, but many fears;
no joys, but much distress. Is this part
of God’s plan with me? Can this be the way
in which God would bring me to heaven?
Yes, it is even so. The eclipse of your faith,
the darkness of your mind,
the fainting of your hope, all these things
are but parts of God’s method
of making you ripe for the great inheritance
upon which you shall soon enter.

These trials are for
the testing and strengthening
of your faith—
they are waves that wash
you further upon the rock—
they are winds which waft
your ship the more swiftly
towards the desired haven.
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“so He brings
them to their desired haven.”
By honour and dishonour,
by evil report and by good report,
by plenty and by poverty,
by joy and by distress,
by persecution and by peace,
by all these things is the life
of your souls maintained,
and by each of these are you helped

on your way.
Oh, think not, believer,
that your sorrows
are out of God’s plan;
they are necessary parts of it.
“We must, through much tribulation,
enter the kingdom.”
Learn, then, even
to “count it all joy when
you fall into various trials.”

“Rise up my love, my fair one, and come away.”

April 27, 2013

English: The Song of Songs (1853) by Gustave M...

(Song of Solomon 2:10)

He is risen,
I am risen in Him,
why then should I
cling to the dust?
From lower loves,

desires, pursuits,
and aspirations, I
would rise
towards Him.
He calls me

by the sweet title
of “My love,”

He calls me.
“Come away” has no
harsh sound in it
to my ear, for
what is there to hold me

in this wilderness of
vanity and sin?
O my Lord, would that
I could come away,
but I am taken–among the thorns!

and cannot escape
from them as I would.
I would, if it were
possible, have neither
eyes, nor ears, nor heart for sin.

You call me to yourself
by saying “Come away,”
and this is a melodious
call indeed. To come to you
is to come home from exile,

to come to land out of the
raging storm,
to come to rest after long labor,

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My Lord, Save Me From the Maze o’ Shadows and Songs….. (Photo credit: -RejiK)

to come to the goal of my desires
and the summit of my wishes.

But Lord, how
can a stone rise,
how can a lump of clay
come away from
the horrible pit?

O raise me, draw me.
Your grace can do it.
Send forth your Holy Spirit
to kindle sacred flames
of love in my heart,

and I will continue
to rise until
I leave life and time
behind me,
and indeed come away.

( Adapted  from Spurgeon’s  “Morning by Morning” — 4/25)

The Rough Fight of Love, Spurgeon March 12

March 12, 2013

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Would you be a feather-bed
warrior, instead of bearing
the rough fight of love?

He who dares the most,
shall win the most;
and if rough be your path of love,

tread it boldly,
still loving your neighbours
through thick and thin.

Heap coals of fire
on their heads
and if they be hard to please,

seek not to please them,
but to please your Master;
and remember if they spurn your love,

your Master has not spurned it,
and your deed is as acceptable
to Him as if it had been acceptable to them.

Love your neighbour,
for in so doing you are
following the footsteps of Christ.

Be Bold to Believe: Charles Spurgeon’s Spoken Word, February 23

February 23, 2013

I will never leave thee.”—Hebrews 13:5.

Be bold to believe, for He has said,
“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”
In this promise, God gives to His people everything.

“I will never leave you.”
Then no attribute of God
can cease to be engaged for us.

Is He mighty?
He will show Himself strong
on the behalf of them that trust Him.

Is He love?
Then with lovingkindness
will He have mercy upon us.

Whatever attributes
may compose
the character of Deity,

every one of them to its fullest
extent shall be engaged on our side.
To put everything in one,

there is nothing you can want,
there is nothing you can ask for,
there is nothing you can need in time or in eternity,

there is nothing living, nothing dying,
there is nothing in this world,
nothing in the next world,

there is nothing now,
nothing at the resurrection-morning,
nothing in heaven which is not contained in this text—

“I will never leave you, nor forsake you.”

A Happy Storm — Spurgeon’s Morning Song, August 31

September 3, 2012

Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this!
O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone!
There is no getting at our God sometimes
because of the multitude of our friends;
but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless
that he has nowhere else to turn,
he flies into his Father’s arms, and is blessedly clasped therein!

When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar,
that he cannot tell them to any but his God,
he may be thankful for them;
for he will learn more of his Lord then
than at any other time.
Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble
that drives you to your Father!

Now that you have only your God to trust to,
see that you put your full confidence in Him.
Dishonour not your Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears;
but be strong in faith, giving glory to God.
Show the world that your God is worth ten thousand worlds to you.
Show rich men how rich you are
in your poverty — when the Lord God is your helper.

Show the strong man how strong
you are in your weakness —
when underneath you are the everlasting arms.
Now is the time for feats of faith and brave exploits!
Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord your God
shall certainly, as surely as He built the heavens and the earth,
glorify Himself in your weakness.

The grandeur of the arch of heaven
would be spoiled
if the sky were supported
by a single visible column,
and your faith would lose its glory
if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye.
May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus!

Mark Heard also reminds us here, “In the eye of the storm,
the friends of God suffer no permanent harm.”

Sinnerman (A Mashup with Spurgeon)

February 25, 2012

“the wrath to come”  (Matthew 3:7)

How terrible is it to witness the approach of a tempest:
to note the forewarnings of the storm;
to mark the birds of heaven as they droop their wings;
to see the cattle as they lay their heads low in terror;
to discern the face of the sky as it grows black,
and look to the sun which shines not,
and the heavens which are angry and frowning!

How terrible to await the dread advance of a hurricane…
to wait in terrible apprehension
till the wind shall rush forth in fury,
tearing up trees from their roots,
forcing rocks from their pedestals,
and hurling down all the dwelling-places of man!
And yet, sinner, this is your present position.

No hot drops have as yet fallen,
but a shower of fire is coming.
No terrible winds howl around you,
but God’s tempest is gathering its dread artillery.
As yet the water-floods are dammed up by mercy,
but the flood-gates shall soon be opened:
the thunderbolts of God are yet in His storehouse,

But lo! the tempest hastens,
and how awful shall that moment be
when God, robed in vengeance,
shall march forth in fury!
Where, where, where, O sinner,
will  you hide your head,
or where will you flee?

O that the hand of mercy
may now lead you to Christ!
He is freely set before you in the gospel:
His riven side is the rock of shelter.
You know your need of Him;
believe in Him, cast yourself upon Him,
and then the fury shall be overpast for ever.

Adapted From Spurgeon’s ‘Morning by Morning’, February 25