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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: March 7th
“Keep thy soul diligently.”
Deuteronomy 4:9-20 , Deuteronomy 4:23 , Deuteronomy 4:24
Let us attentively read a part of Moses’ last discourse to the people whom he had so lovingly ruled.
If the Lord condescend to teach, let us not be forgetful hearers, neither let us neglect to transmit his teachings to our children.
He dwells much upon this because there was, and is, great need for reminding all men of it. Symbol worship is the crying sin of the present age. It were well if all godly persons gave up wearing crosses, for this reason.
Men not only dishonour God by worshipping similitudes, but they also corrupt themselves.
The list is very comprehensive, and is intended to embrace every possible similitude, whether it be the clumsy device of the savage, the artistic gem of the Papist, or the sublimities of the worshipper of nature. God alone is to be worshipped, and as he is pure spirit we ought sacredly to guard the spirituality of his worship. Away with all material signs, however venerable, the Lord abhors them.
Peculiar privileges involve special responsibilities. He who has done so much for us must be reverently adored.
Again and again is the command repeated, and a ban put for ever upon any attempt to worship God through any image or likeness.
He cannot endure sin. He does not treat it as a trifle, but his holy anger rises when he sees hearts going aside from him. He will have all our love or none. Has he cause to be jealous of us?
Unto the Lord, unto the Lord,
Oh, sing a new and joyful song!
Declare His glory, tell abroad
The wonders that to Him belong.
For He is great, for He is great;
Above all gods His throne is raised;
He reigns in majesty and state,
In strength and beauty He. is praised,
“Man doth not live by bread only.”
WE will take another passage from the discourse of Moses Deuteronomy 8.
Obedience must be given to “all” the commands of God.
Deuteronomy 8:2 , Deuteronomy 8:3
The end of the Lord’s providence is to school us to faith. All too slowly do we learn the lesson. What a sweet series of sentences are those ”humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna.”
How much grace have we received in forty years! What wonders have we seen!
brass or copper.
Temptations grow out of prosperity. Has the Lord been very good to this household? let us not be lifted up so as to despise his poor people, or forsake his lowly worship, but the rather let us love our Lord the more.
O for grace to banish far from us all boasting. It is hateful both to God and man.
Yet were the Lord’s grace to be withdrawn, we should surely be disobedient and perish in our sins. Keep us, good Lord; keep us evermore.
I knew thee in the land of drought,
Thy comfort and control,
Thy truth encompass’d me about,
Thy love refresh’d my soul.
And if thine alter’d hand doth now
My sky with sunshine fill,
Who amid all so fair as thou?
Oh let me know thee still:
Still turn to thee in days of light,
As well as nights of care,
Thou brightest amid all that’s bright!
Thou fairest of the fair!
the Sixth Week after Easter
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