Thursday, February 11, 2016

How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord,
Is laid for your faith in his excellent word!
What more can he say than to you he hath said,
To you who for refuge to Jesus have fled?

In every condition-in sickness, in health;
In poverty’s vale, or abounding in wealth;
At home and abroad; on the land, on the sea-
“As thy days may demand, shall thy strength ever be.

“Fear not, I am with thee, O be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by my righteous, omnipotent hand.

“When through the deep waters I call thee to go,
The rivers of woe shall not thee overflow;
For I will be with thee thy troubles to bless,
And sanctify to thee thy deepest distress.

“When through fiery trials thy pathway shall lie,
My grace, all-sufficient, shall be thy supply,
The flame shall not hurt thee; I only design
Thy dross to consume, and thy gold to refine.

“E’en down to old age all my people shall prove
My sovereign, eternal, unchangeable love;
And when hoary hairs shall their temples adorn,
Like lambs they shall still in my bosom be borne.

“The soul that on Jesus still leans for repose,
I will not, I will not desert to his foes;
That soul, though all hell should endeavor to shake,
I’ll never, no never, no never forsake!”
                               George Keith

I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt it, I will keep it night and day.  Isa 27:31

     When the Lord himself speaks in his own proper person rather than through a prophet, the word has a peculiar weight to believing minds.  It is Jehovah himself who is the keeper of his own vineyard; he does not trust it to any other, but he makes it his own personal care.  Are they not well kept whom God himself keeps?
     We are to receive gracious watering, not only every day and every hour, "but every moment."  How we ought to grow!  How fresh and fruitful every plant should be!  What rich clusters the vines should bear!
     But disturbers come; little foxes and the boar.  Therefore, the Lord himself is our guardian, and that at all hours, both "night and day."  What, then, can harm us?  Why are we afraid?  He tends, he waters, he guards; what more do we need?
     Twice in this verse the Lord says, "I will."  What truth, what power, what love, what immutability we find in the great "I will" of Jehovah!  Who can resist his will?  If he says "I will," what room is there for doubt?  With an "I will" of God we can face all the hosts of sin, death, and hell.  O Lord, since thou sayest, "I will keep thee," I reply, "I will praise thee!"  
                                                                                                                                       C. H. Spurgeon  

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