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Charles Spurgeon's "Morning & Evening"
Devotional: May 8th
“I will love The, O Lord, my strength.”
When David was firmly established, and had routed his enemies, he spake unto the Lord the words of a sacred song which we find in Psalms 18:1-24
Oh! the power of prayer, it can move heaven and earth. It can climb to heaven and bring the Lord down to earth to help his people. Thus snares are broken, sorrows removed, death defeated, and Satan foiled. Who would not pray?
This is an Oriental method of expressing fierce wrath. God came to help his servant, burning with indignation against his foes. The following verses describe the Lord as interposing in storm and tempest to help his afflicted servant.
Psalms 18:9 , Psalms 18:10
God helps his people speedily. He will be in time, for the winds are the coursers of his car.
Who can stand against this terrible God? Who can injure those whom he protects?
His enemies were beforehand with him, but even then God was his all-sufficient aid.
Happy is the man who can from his heart bless God that he has been kept pure and true; for he shall find, as David did, that the Lord will sooner bow the heavens and dry up the seas, than leave the godly to their enemies.
This Psalm is so long, that we must reserve the remainder for our next worship.
No change of times shall ever shock
My firm affection, Lord, to Thee;
For Thou hast always been my rock,
A fortress and defence to me.
Thou my deliv’rer art, my God,
My trust is in Thy mighty power;
Thou art my shield from foes abroad,
At home my safeguard and my tower.
“As for God, His ways is perfect.”
We will now return to Psalms 18:30-50. and read from verse thirty to the end.
the experience of all his people bears witness to this. Perfect wisdom, perfect truth, and perfect love, are to be seen in all that he does. Blessed be his name.
tried, proved and tested, it has been, but it has never failed. This our soul knoweth right well
And to us among them, feeble though our faith has been.
Believers have a complete armour provided for them, of which the girdle of truth is a principal part.
A believer’s feet are shod by a divine hand, the preparation of the gospel of peace makes him tread safely where others fall.
In conflict, the believer’s hands are made mighty to break the enemy’s weapons by the force of truth.
Above all, we are to take the shield of faith, which is of celestial workmanship, and quenches all the enemy’s fiery darts.
Never let us forget that unless the Lord upheld us, we should fall as others have done, to our shame and ruin.
David ascribes all his victories to his God. Note how often he repeats the word “Thou.” Thou, O Lord, hast done it all.
The neighbouring nations submitted to David’s sway. When God is with us our enemies are at peace, or else they are powerless to harm us.
As we read all this we should try to appropriate the expressions to ourselves, and personally bless the Lord for all the benefits which our own lives have witnessed. Has not the Lord done great things for us also? Shall we not also give thanks unto his name? Yes, verily, we will.
His be the “victor’s name,”
Who fought our fight alone;
Triumphant saints no honour claim;
His conquest was His own.
Sin, Satan, Death appear,
To harass and appal;
Yet since the gracious Lord is near,
Backward they go, and fall.
We meet them face to face,
Through Jesus’ conquest blest;
March in the triumph of His grace,
Right onward to our rest.
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