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Daily Devotionals

Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"

Devotional: March 27th

Morning

“Quicken thou me according to thy word.”

Psalms 119:17-32

As we have now ended the book of Joshua, we will select a few passages from other portions of the Bible before we continue the history. We will again read a part of David’s wonderful panegyric upon the book of God in

Psalms 119:17

Our lives are preserved by God’s bounty, and should be devoted to his service. True life is the product of rich grace, and always reveals itself by holy obedience to the divine will.

Psalms 119:18

The Scriptures are full of wonders, and especially they reveal him whose name is “Wonderful,” but we need to have our eyes opened by the Holy Spirit, or we shall see nothing aright. Far enough are we by nature from being able to keep the law, for we cannot even understand it without divine teaching.

Psalms 119:19

Stranger as I am to the world, let me not be a stranger to thy will. With thy precepts as my map I shall find my road, even in this foreign country; without them I shall be as a traveller lost in the desert.

Psalms 119:20

His desire was importunate even to heartbreak, and it was constant “at all times.” Such a desire is a sure token that the Spirit of God dwells within.

Psalms 119:21

Pride brings forth error, and error provokes God to inflict the curse, of which his rebukes are but the fore-runners.

Psalms 119:22

The best of men are slandered, their appeal is to God, their comfort is the testimony of their conscience.

Psalms 119:23

He was not so disturbed or disheartened as to give up his faith, but he was in earnest to sustain it with the best spiritual food.

Psalms 119:24

In consequence of his meditating in the word, David was kept both from sadness and perplexity. We can only gain com- fort from the Bible by following its directions, and living upon its doctrines.

Psalms 119:25

Here we find nature’s disease confessed, and a cry directed to the Lord for the only remedy. Dust will cleave to dust; only the divinely regenerated rises to God, and even that needs daily renewal. The Lord has promised us quickening, let us seek it.

Psalms 119:26

Confession into the ear of God is good for the soul, and divine instruction is the best preservative for the life. If we confess past failure, we can only avoid future sin by seeking heavenly teaching.

Psalms 119:27

It were well if all talk were upon such themes. When there is gold in the understanding, our speech will be golden, but how seldom is it so. When God instructs us we talk to profit, but not else.

Psalms 119:28

Lord, when we dissolve with weakness, make thy word to be the bread of heaven to strengthen us.

Psalms 119:29

Take it from me as well as me from it; for its presence is grievous to me:

Psalms 119:30

Like a boy’s copy, or an artist’s model. We cannot learn unless we have our great class-book open before us.

Psalms 119:32

The more God gives us of comfort and knowledge, the more will we serve him. The weight of his grace shall lead us to put off “every weight” of sin. May the Lord make more room in our hearts for himself and his love.

Smile on thy servant, bounteous Lord!

Grant me to live, and keep thy word:

Grant me to view, with eyes unsealed,

The wonders by thy law revealed.

Shine on me still, while far from home,

A stranger here on earth I roam;

While pines my soul with restless love,

Thy righteous judgments, Lord, to prove.

Evening

“I trust in thy word.”

Psalms 119:33-48

Psalms 119:33

Bernard says, “He who is his own teacher has a fool for his master.” We cannot teach ourselves what we do not know, and to know anything aright we must be taught of God. Those whom the Lord himself instructs, become practical scholars and persevering disciples. Lessons divinely learned are never forgotten.

Psalms 119:34

Where the Spirit of God gives a spiritual understanding of the Word, the whole nature is sanctified and set upon keeping the Lord’s commands. This prayer is suitable for each one in the family; let us stop a moment, while we breathe it from our hearts.

Psalms 119:35

I am like the poor impotent man who could not move; therefore, Lord, make me to go. Where my heart already runs, there let all my faculties follow.

Psalms 119:36

Covetousness is the rival of religion. Those who love not God, frequently make a god of their gold. This sin is sure to bring ruin upon those who fall into it. It made Judas a traitor, and dragged him down to hell.

Psalms 119:37

Looking brings longing, and longing leads to sin, therefore let not the eye gaze on evil.

Psalms 119:38

My whole nature is set upon honouring thee; therefore, O Lord, make all thy promises to stand firm for me.

Psalms 119:39

The reproach of Christ we rejoice in, but from the reproach of inconsistency we should daily pray to be delivered.

Psalms 119:40

Mere professors long after the promises, but genuine saints long after the precepts also. He who does not desire holiness will be shut out of heaven. Lord, send us more grace that we may be more holy.

Psalms 119:41

Mercy, yea, many mercies, we need, and we cannot be saved without them, but then they are promised in the Word, and here is our ground of comfort. Let us plead the promise in prayer.

Psalms 119:42

Faith, by the help of realised joy and manifested holiness, shuts the mouths of gainsayers.

Psalms 119:43

If we are somewhat straitened in spiritual enjoyments, yet do not quite prevent our praising Thee. Let us rather stammer out Thy praises, than be entirely silent.

Psalms 119:44

This would be heaven upon earth; it is heaven in heaven.

Psalms 119:45

Holiness is the truest liberty.

Psalms 119:46

What is there to be ashamed of? God grant us the boldness of true faith in all companies.

Psalms 119:47

“I live a voluptuous life” said holy Joseph Alleine; “but it is upon spiritual dainties, such as men of the world know not and taste not of.”

Psalms 119:48

He longed to embrace the truth, and therefore held up his hands to receive it with inward delight. He felt encouraged to practise diligently the law of his God, because he loved the Lord’s Word, and daily meditated therein. It should be our daily habit to search the Scriptures. We must not be content with this family reading, but must each, in private, feed upon the precious Word. Are we all mindful of this?

In thee I live, and move and am;

Thou dealest out my days:

Lord, as thou dost my life renew,

Let me renew thy praise.

To thee I come, from thee I am;

For thee I still would be;

‘Tis better for me not to live,

Than not to live to thee.

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