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Going Out with Joy (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Going Out with Joy
March 12
And of Zebulun he said, Rejoice, Zebulun, in thy going out. (Deuteronomy 33:18)

The blessings of the tribes are ours; for we are the true Israel who worship God in the spirit and have no confidence in the flesh. Zebulun is to rejoice because Jehovah will bless his “going out”; we also see a promise for ourselves lying latent in this benediction. When we go out we will look out for occasions of joy.
We go out to travel, and the providence of God is our convoy. We go out to emigrate, and the Lord is with us both on land and sea. We go out as missionaries, and Jesus saith, “Lo, I am with you unto the end of the world.” We go out day by day to labor, and we may do so with pleasure, for God will be with us from morn till eve.
A fear sometimes creeps over us when starting, for we know not what we may meet with; but this blessing may serve us right well as a word of good cheer. As we pack up for moving, let us put this verse into our traveling trunk; let us drop it into our hearts and keep it there; yea, let us lay it on our tongue to make us sing. Let us weigh anchor with a song, or jump into the carriage with a psalm. Let us belong to the rejoicing tribe and in our every movement praise the Lord with joyful hearts.

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Mercy to the Undeserving (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Mercy to the Undeserving
February 14
He that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. (Psalm 32:10)

O fair reward of trust! My Lord, grant it me to the full! The truster above all men feels himself to be a sinner; and lo, mercy is prepared for him: he knows himself to have no deservings, but mercy comes in and keeps house for him on a liberal scale. O Lord, give me this mercy, even as I trust in Thee!
Observe, my soul, what a bodyguard thou hast! As a prince is compassed about with soldiery, so art thou compassed about with mercy. Before and behind, and on all sides, ride these mounted guards of grace. We dwell in the center of the system of mercy, for we dwell in Christ Jesus.
O my soul, what an atmosphere dost thou breathe! As the air surrounds thee, even so does the mercy of thy Lord. To the wicked there are many sorrows, but to thee there are so many mercies that thy sorrows are not worth mentioning. David says, “Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, ye righteous; and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.” In obedience to this precept my heart shall triumph in God, and I will tell out my gladness. As Thou hast compassed me with mercy, I will also compass Thine altars, O my God, with songs of thanksgiving!

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Hunger Satisfied (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
Hunger Satisfied
November 20
For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness. (Psalm 107:9)

It is well to have longings, and the more intense they are the better. The Lord will satisfy soul-longings, however great and all-absorbing they may be. Let us greatly long, for God will greatly give. We are never in a right state of mind when we are contented with ourselves and are free from longings. Desires for more grace and groanings which cannot be uttered are growing pains, and we should wish to feel them more and more. Blessed Spirit, make us sigh and cry after better things and for more of the best things!
Hunger is by no means a pleasant sensation. Yet blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness. Such persons shall not only have their hunger relieved with a little food, but they shall be filled. They shall not be filled with any sort of rough stuff, but their diet shall be worthy of their good Lord, for they shall be filled with goodness by Jehovah Himself.
Come, let us not fret because we long and hunger, but let us hear the voice of the psalmist as he also longs and hungers to see God magnified. “Oh, that men would praise the Lord for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men.”

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Posted by on November 20, 2013 in Christianity, Church, Devotionals

 

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Bible Verse

Psa 97
Psalm 97

1 The Lord reigneth; let the earth rejoice;

let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.

2 Clouds and darkness are round about him:

righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.

3 A fire goeth before him,

and burneth up his enemies round about.

4 His lightnings enlightened the world:

the earth saw, and trembled.

5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord,

at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.

6 The heavens declare his righteousness,

and all the people see his glory.

7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images,

that boast themselves of idols:

worship him, all ye gods.

8 Zion heard, and was glad;

and the daughters of Judah rejoiced

because of thy judgments, O Lord.

9 For thou, Lord, art high above all the earth:

thou art exalted far above all gods.

10 Ye that love the Lord, hate evil:

he preserveth the souls of his saints;

he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.

11 Light is sown for the righteous,

and gladness for the upright in heart.

12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous;

and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
� KJV

 
 

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Bible Verse

Psa 96
Psalm 96

1 O sing unto the Lord a new song:

sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

2 Sing unto the Lord, bless his name;

shew forth his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the heathen,

his wonders among all people.

4 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised:

he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the nations are idols:

but the Lord made the heavens.

6 Honour and majesty are before him:

strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7 Give unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people,

give unto the Lord glory and strength.

8 Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name:

bring an offering, and come into his courts.

9 O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness:

fear before him, all the earth.

10 Say among the heathen that the Lord reigneth:

the world also shall be established that it shall not be moved:

he shall judge the people righteously.

11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;

let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is therein:

then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice

13 Before the Lord: for he cometh,

for he cometh to judge the earth:

he shall judge the world with righteousness,

and the people with his truth.
� KJV

 
 

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To Glorify Christ Jesus (Spurgeon’s Faith’s Checkbook)

From Charles Spurgeon’s “Faith’s Checkbook”
To Glorify Christ Jesus
September 29
He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall shew it unto you. (John 16:14)

The Holy Ghost Himself cannot better glorify the Lord Jesus than by showing to us Christ’s own things. Jesus is His own best commendation. There is no adorning Him except with his own gold.
The Comforter shows us that which He has received of our Lord Jesus. We never see anything aright till He reveals it. He has a way of opening our minds and of opening the Scriptures, and by this double process He sets forth our Lord to us. There is much art in setting forth a matter, and that art belongs in the highest degree to the Spirit of truth. He shows us the things themselves. This is a great privilege, as those know who have enjoyed the hallowed vision.
Let us seek the illumination of the Spirit; not to gratify our curiosity, nor even to bring us personal comfort, so much as to glorify the Lord Jesus. Oh, to have worthy ideas of Him! Groveling notions dishonor our precious Lord. Oh, to have such vivid impressions of His person, and work, and glory that we may with heart and soul cry out to His praise! Where there is a heart enriched by the Holy Ghost’s teaching there will be a Savior glorified beyond expression. Come, Holy Spirit, heavenly light, and show us Jesus our Lord!

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Posted by on September 29, 2013 in Christianity, Church, Devotionals

 

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Bible Verse

Psa 9
Psalm 9

To the chief Musician upon Muthlabben, A Psalm of David.

1 I will praise thee, O Lord, with my whole heart;

I will shew forth all thy marvellous works.

2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee:

I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.

3 When mine enemies are turned back,

they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4 For thou hast maintained my right and my cause;

thou satest in the throne judging right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, thou hast destroyed the wicked,

thou hast put out their name for ever and ever.

6 O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end:

and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them.

7 But the Lord shall endure for ever:

he hath prepared his throne for judgment.

8 And he shall judge the world in righteousness,

he shall minister judgment to the people in uprightness.

9 The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed,

a refuge in times of trouble.

10 And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee:

for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.

11 Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion:

declare among the people his doings.

12 When he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them:

he forgetteth not the cry of the humble.

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord;

consider my trouble which I suffer of them that hate me,

thou that liftest me up from the gates of death:

14 That I may shew forth all thy praise

in the gates of the daughter of Zion:

I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are sunk down in the pit that they made:

in the net which they hid is their own foot taken.

16 The Lord is known by the judgment which he executeth:

the wicked is snared in the work of his own hands. Higgaion. Selah.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell,

and all the nations that forget God.

18 For the needy shall not alway be forgotten:

the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19 Arise, O Lord; let not man prevail:

let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord:

that the nations may know themselves to be but men. Selah.
� KJV

 

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