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Evening Meditations for October 9
The words of the Lord are pure words.—PSA. 12:6.
Thy word is very pure: therefore thy servant loveth it.—The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.—Every word of God is pure: he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him. Add thou not unto his words, lest he reprove thee, and thou be found a liar.
Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee. I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways.—Brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report, if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.—As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word that ye may grow thereby.
We are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.—Nor handling the word of God deceitfully.
“But he answered her not a word.”
Genuine seekers who as yet have not obtained the blessing, may take comfort from the story before us. The Saviour did not at once bestow the blessing, even though the woman had great faith in him. He intended to give it, but he waited awhile. “He answered her not a word.” Were not her prayers good? Never better in the world. Was not her case needy? Sorrowfully needy. Did she not feel her need sufficiently? She felt it overwhelmingly. Was she not earnest enough? She was intensely so. Had she no faith? She had such a high degree of it that even Jesus wondered, and said, “O woman, great is thy faith.” See then, although it is true that faith brings peace, yet it does not always bring it instantaneously. There may be certain reasons calling for the trial of faith, rather than the reward of faith. Genuine faith may be in the soul like a hidden seed, but as yet it may not have budded and blossomed into joy and peace. A painful silence from the Saviour is the grievous trial of many a seeking soul, but heavier still is the affliction of a harsh cutting reply such as this, “It is not meet to take the children’s bread, and to cast it to dogs.” Many in waiting upon the Lord find immediate delight, but this is not the case with all. Some, like the jailer, are in a moment turned from darkness to light, but others are plants of slower growth. A deeper sense of sin may be given to you instead of a sense of pardon, and in such a case you will have need of patience to bear the heavy blow. Ah! poor heart, though Christ beat and bruise thee, or even slay thee, trust him; though he should give thee an angry word, believe in the love of his heart. Do not, I beseech thee, give up seeking or trusting my Master, because thou hast not yet obtained the conscious joy which thou longest for. Cast thyself on him, and perseveringly depend even where thou canst not rejoicingly hope.
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.