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Morning Meditations for October 9
Thou art a God ready to pardon, gracious and merciful.—NEH. 9:17.
The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.—The longsuffering of our Lord is salvation.
For this cause I obtained mercy, that in me first Jesus Christ might shew forth all longsuffering for a pattern to them which should hereafter believe on him to life everlasting.—Whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?—Rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the Lord your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil.
“Able to keep you from falling.”
In some sense the path to heaven is very safe, but in other respects there is no road so dangerous. It is beset with difficulties. One false step (and how easy it is to take that if grace be absent), and down we go. What a slippery path is that which some of us have to tread! How many times have we to exclaim with the Psalmist, “My feet were almost gone, my steps had well nigh slipped.” If we were strong, sure-footed mountaineers, this would not matter so much; but in ourselves, how weak we are! In the best roads we soon falter, in the smoothest paths we quickly stumble. These feeble knees of ours can scarcely support our tottering weight. A straw may throw us, and a pebble can wound us; we are mere children tremblingly taking our first steps in the walk of faith, our heavenly Father holds us by the arms or we should soon be down. Oh, if we are kept from falling, how must we bless the patient power which watches over us day by day! Think, how prone we are to sin, how apt to choose danger, how strong our tendency to cast ourselves down, and these reflections will make us sing more sweetly than we have ever done, “Glory be to him, who is able to keep us from falling.” We have many foes who try to push us down. The road is rough and we are weak, but in addition to this, enemies lurk in ambush, who rush out when we least expect them, and labour to trip us up, or hurl us down the nearest precipice. Only an Almighty arm can preserve us from these unseen foes, who are seeking to destroy us. Such an arm is engaged for our defence. He is faithful that hath promised, and he is able to keep us from falling, so that with a deep sense of our utter weakness, we may cherish a firm belief in our perfect safety, and say, with joyful confidence,
“Against me earth and hell combine,
But on my side is power divine;
Jesus is all, and he is mine!”
18. Proverbs of Solomon
1He that separateth himself seeketh his own desire,
And rageth against all sound wisdom.
2A fool hath no delight in understanding,
But only that his heart may reveal itself.
3When the wicked cometh, there cometh also contempt,
And with ignominy cometh reproach.
4The words of a man's mouth are as deep waters;
The wellspring of wisdom is as a flowing brook.
5To respect the person of the wicked is not good,
Nor to turn aside the righteous in judgment.
6A fool's lips enter into contention,
And his mouth calleth for stripes.
7A fool's mouth is his destruction,
And his lips are the snare of his soul.
8The words of a whisperer are as dainty morsels,
And they go down into the innermost parts.
9He also that is slack in his work
Is brother to him that is a destroyer.
10The name of Jehovah is a strong tower;
The righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
11The rich man's wealth is his strong city,
And as a high wall in his own imagination.
12Before destruction the heart of man is haughty;
And before honor goeth humility.
13He that giveth answer before he heareth,
It is folly and shame unto him.
14The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity;
But a broken spirit who can bear?
15The heart of the prudent getteth knowledge;
And the ear of the wise seeketh knowledge.
16A man's gift maketh room for him,
And bringeth him before great men.
17He that pleadeth his cause first seemeth just;
But his neighbor cometh and searcheth him out.
18The lot causeth contentions to cease,
And parteth between the mighty.
19A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city;
And such contentions are like the bars of a castle.
20A man's belly shall be filled with the fruit of his mouth;
With the increase of his lips shall he be satisfied.
21Death and life are in the power of the tongue;
And they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
22Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
And obtaineth favor of Jehovah.
23The poor useth entreaties;
But the rich answereth roughly.
24He that maketh many friends doeth it to his own destruction;
But there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.
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1In that hour came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who then is greatest in the kingdom of heaven? 2And he called to him a little child, and set him in the midst of them, 3and said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye turn, and become as little children, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven. 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me: 6But whoso shall cause one of these little ones that believe on me to stumble, it is profitable for him that a great millstone should be hanged about his neck, and that he should be sunk in the depth of the sea.
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80. Psalm 80
1Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel,
Thou that leadest Joseph like a flock;
Thou that asittest above the cherubim, shine forth.
2Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh, stir up thy might,
And come to save us.
3aTurn us again, O God;
And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.
4O Jehovah God of hosts,
How long awilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
5Thou hast fed them with the bread of tears,
And given them tears to drink in large measure.
6Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbors;
And our enemies laugh among themselves.
7Turn us again, O God of hosts;
And cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.
8Thou broughtest a vine out of Egypt:
Thou didst drive out the nations, and plantedst it.
9Thou preparedst room before it,
And it took deep root, and filled the land.
10The mountains were covered with the shadow of it,
And athe boughs thereof were like acedars of God.
11It sent out its branches unto the sea,
And its shoots unto the River.
12Why hast thou broken down its walls,
So that all they that pass by the way do pluck it?
13The boar out of the wood doth ravage it,
And the wild beasts of the field feed on it.
14Turn again, we beseech thee, O God of hosts:
Look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine,
15And athe stock which thy right hand planted,
And the abranch that thou madest strong for thyself.
16It is burned with fire, it is cut down:
They perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand,
Upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
18So shall we not go back from thee:
Quicken thou us, and we will call upon thy name.
19aTurn us again, O Jehovah God of hosts;
Cause thy face to shine, and we shall be saved.
- Hear Us, O Shepherd of Your Chosen Race
- O Thou Great Shepherd of Thy Chosen Race
- O Thou Who the Shepherd of Israel Art