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Evening Meditations for March 4
He bowed his shoulder to bear.—GEN. 49:15.
Take, my brethren, the prophets, who have spoken in the name of the Lord, for an example of suffering affliction, and of patience.—Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
Shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.—Aaron held his peace.—It is the Lord; let him do what seemeth him good.
Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he shall sustain thee.—Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows.
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
“They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of thy house.”
Sheba’s queen was amazed at the sumptuousness of Solomon’s table. She lost all heart when she saw the provision of a single day; and she marvelled equally at the company of servants who were feasted at the royal board. But what is this to the hospitalities of the God of grace? Ten thousand thousand of his people are daily fed; hungry and thirsty, they bring large appetites with them to the banquet, but not one of them returns unsatisfied; there is enough for each, enough for all, enough for evermore. Though the host that feed at Jehovah’s table is countless as the stars of heaven, yet each one has his portion of meat. Think how much grace one saint requires, so much that nothing but the Infinite could supply him for one day; and yet the Lord spreads his table, not for one, but many saints, not for one day, but for many years; not for many years only, but for generation after generation. Observe the full feasting spoken of in the text, the guests at mercy’s banquet are satisfied, nay, more “abundantly satisfied;” and that not with ordinary fare, but with fatness, the peculiar fatness of God’s own house; and such feasting is guaranteed by a faithful promise to all those children of men who put their trust under the shadow of Jehovah’s wings. I once thought if I might but get the broken meat at God’s back door of grace I should be satisfied; like the woman who said, “The dogs eat of the crumbs that fall from the master’s table;” but no child of God is ever served with scraps and leavings; like Mephibosheth, they all eat from the king’s own table. In matters of grace, we all have Benjamin’s mess—we all have ten times more than we could have expected, and though our necessities are great, yet are we often amazed at the marvellous plenty of grace which God gives us experimentally to enjoy.
Judgment on the Philistines
1The word of the Lord that came to Jeremiah the prophet concerning the Philistines, before Pharaoh struck down Gaza.
2“Thus says the Lord:
Behold, waters are rising out of the north,
and shall become an overflowing torrent;
they shall overflow the land and all that fills it,
the city and those who dwell in it.
Men shall cry out,
and every inhabitant of the land shall wail.
3At the noise of the stamping of the hoofs of his stallions,
at the rushing of his chariots, at the rumbling of their wheels,
the fathers look not back to their children,
so feeble are their hands,
4because of the day that is coming to destroy
all the Philistines,
to cut off from Tyre and Sidon
every helper that remains.
For the Lord is destroying the Philistines,
the remnant of the coastland of Caphtor.
5Baldness has come upon Gaza;
Ashkelon has perished.
O remnant of their valley,
how long will you gash yourselves?
6Ah, sword of the Lord!
How long till you are quiet?
Put yourself into your scabbard;
rest and be still!
7How can it11Septuagint, Vulgate; Hebrew you be quiet
when the Lord has given it a charge?
Against Ashkelon and against the seashore
he has appointed it.”
Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
1Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
2both low and high,
rich and poor together!
3My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
4I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
5Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
6those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
7Truly no man can ransom another,
or give to God the price of his life,
8for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
9that he should live on forever
and never see the pit.
10For he sees that even the wise die;
the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and leave their wealth to others.
11Their graves are their homes forever,11Septuagint, Syriac, Targum; Hebrew Their inward thought was that their homes were forever
their dwelling places to all generations,
though they called lands by their own names.
12Man in his pomp will not remain;
he is like the beasts that perish.
13This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts.22Or and of those after them who approve of their boasts Selah
14Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
15But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. Selah
16Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
17For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
18For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
19his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
20Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish.