with a daily devotion
Morning Meditations for October 3
Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood.—REV. 1:5.
Many waters cannot quench love, neither can the floods drown it. Love is strong as death.—Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we, being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness: by whose stripes ye were healed.—In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace.
Ye are washed, . . . ye are sanctified, . . . ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.—Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.—I beseech you . . . brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
“Are they not all ministering spirits, sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?”
Angels are the unseen attendants of the saints of God; they bear us up in their hands, lest we dash our foot against a stone. Loyalty to their Lord leads them to take a deep interest in the children of his love; they rejoice over the return of the prodigal to his father’s house below, and they welcome the advent of the believer to the King’s palace above. In olden times the sons of God were favoured with their visible appearance, and at this day, although unseen by us, heaven is still opened, and the angels of God ascend and descend upon the Son of man, that they may visit the heirs of salvation. Seraphim still fly with live coals from off the altar to touch the lips of men greatly beloved. If our eyes could be opened, we should see horses of fire and chariots of fire about the servants of the Lord; for we have come to an innumerable company of angels, who are all watchers and protectors of the seed-royal. Spenser’s line is no poetic fiction, where he sings—
“How oft do they with golden pinions cleave
The flitting skies, like flying pursuivant
Against foul fiends to aid us militant!”
To what dignity are the chosen elevated when the brilliant courtiers of heaven become their willing servitors! Into what communion are we raised since we have intercourse with spotless celestials! How well are we defended since all the twenty- thousand chariots of God are armed for our deliverance! To whom do we owe all this? Let the Lord Jesus Christ be forever endeared to us, for through him we are made to sit in heavenly places far above principalities and powers. He it is whose camp is round about them that fear him; he is the true Michael whose foot is upon the dragon. All hail, Jesus! thou Angel of Jehovah’s presence, to thee this family offers its morning vows.
5. Eliphaz Speaks
1Call now; is there any that will answer thee?
And to which of the holy ones wilt thou turn?
2For vexation killeth the foolish man,
And jealousy slayeth the silly one.
3I have seen the foolish taking root:
But suddenly I cursed his habitation.
4His children are far from safety,
And they are crushed in the gate,
Neither is there any to deliver them:
5Whose harvest the hungry eateth up,
And taketh it even out of the thorns;
And the snare gapeth for their substance.
6For affliction cometh not forth from the dust,
Neither doth trouble spring out of the ground;
7But man is born unto trouble,
As the sparks fly upward.
8But as for me, I would seek unto God,
And unto God would I commit my cause;
9Who doeth great things and unsearchable,
Marvellous things without number:
10Who giveth rain upon the earth,
And sendeth waters upon the fields;
11So that he setteth up on high those that are low,
And those that mourn are exalted to safety.
12He frustrateth the devices of the crafty,
So that their hands cannot perform their enterprise.
13He taketh the wise in their own craftiness;
And the counsel of the cunning is carried headlong.
14They meet with darkness in the day-time,
And grope at noonday as in the night.
15But he saveth from the sword of their mouth,
Even the needy from the hand of the mighty.
16So the poor hath hope,
And iniquity stoppeth her mouth.
17Behold, happy is the man whom God correcteth:
Therefore despise not thou the chastening of the Almighty.
18For he maketh sore, and bindeth up;
He woundeth, and his hands make whole.
19He will deliver thee in six troubles;
Yea, in seven there shall no evil touch thee.
20In famine he will redeem thee from death;
And in war from the power of the sword.
21Thou shalt be hid from the scourge of the tongue;
Neither shalt thou be afraid of destruction when it cometh.
22At destruction and dearth thou shalt laugh;
Neither shalt thou be afraid of the beasts of the earth.
23For thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field;
And the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee.
24And thou shalt know that thy tent is in peace;
And thou shalt visit thy fold, and shalt miss nothing.
25Thou shalt know also that thy seed shall be great,
And thine offspring as the grass of the earth.
26Thou shalt come to thy grave in a full age,
Like as a shock of grain cometh in in its season.
27Lo this, we have searched it, so it is;
Hear it, and know thou it for thy good.
77. Psalm 77
1I will cry unto God with my voice,
Even unto God with my voice; and he will give ear unto me.
2In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord:
My hand was stretched out in the night, and slacked not;
My soul refused to be comforted.
3I remember God, and am disquieted:
I complain, and my spirit is aoverwhelmed.
4Thou holdest mine eyes watching:
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
5I have considered the days of old,
The years of ancient times.
6I call to remembrance my song in the night:
I commune with mine own heart;
And my spirit maketh diligent search.
7Will the Lord cast off for ever?
And will he be favorable no more?
8Is his lovingkindness clean gone for ever?
Doth his promise fail for evermore?
9Hath God forgotten to be gracious?
Hath he in anger shut up his tender mercies?
10And I said, This is my infirmity;
But I will remember the years of the right hand of the Most High.
11I will make mention of the deeds of aJehovah;
For I will remember thy wonders of old.
12I will meditate also upon all thy work,
And muse on thy doings.
13Thy way, O God, is ain the sanctuary:
Who is a great god like unto God?
14Thou art the God that doest wonders:
Thou hast made known thy strength among the peoples.
15Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people,
The sons of Jacob and Joseph.
16The waters saw thee, O God;
The waters saw thee, they awere afraid:
The depths also trembled.
17The clouds poured out water;
The skies sent out a sound:
Thine arrows also went abroad.
18The voice of thy thunder was in the whirlwind;
The lightnings lightened the world:
The earth trembled and shook.
19Thy way was in the sea,
And thy paths in the great waters,
And thy footsteps were not known.
20Thou leddest thy people like a flock,
By the hand of Moses and Aaron.