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C.H. Spurgeon: 'Who could have conceived of the Eternal One as bursting forth into a song?'

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  "As a bridegroom rejoices over his bride—so will your God   rejoice  over you!" Isaiah 62:5 How heart-cheering to the believer, is the fact that  God delights in His redeemed people! We cannot see any reason in ourselves, as to why the Lord should take pleasure in us. We cannot take delight in ourselves, for we often have to groan being burdened, conscious of our sinfulness and deploring our unfaithfulness. We also fear that God's people cannot take much delight in us, for they must perceive so much of our imperfections and our follies—that they may rather lament our infirmities, than admire our graces. But we love to dwell upon this transcendent truth, this glorious mystery: that as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride—so does our God rejoice over us! In what strong language He expresses His delight in His people!  Who could have conceived of the Eternal One as bursting forth into a song?  Yet it is written, "He will take  great delight  in you— He will rejoice

C.H. Spurgeon: 'The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing which could befall me!'

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  "We  know  that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God—to those who are called according to His purpose." Romans 8:28 Upon some points, a believer is absolutely sure. He knows, for instance, that  an invisible hand is always on the world's rudder . He also knows that wherever providence may drift—Jehovah steers it. That reassuring knowledge prepares him for everything. He knows that God is always wise, and knowing this he is confident that  there can be no accidents, no mistakes —that nothing can occur which ought not to occur. He can say, "If I should lose all I have, it is better that I should lose it, than have it—if God so wills.  The worst calamity is the wisest and the kindest thing which could befall me —if God ordains it!" "We know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God—to those who are called according to His purpose." The Christian does not merely hold this as a  mere theory

C.H. Spurgeon: 'The bishop and the knight tumble into the box with the pawns—and the king and the queen fare no better!'

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   "All go to the same place. All come from dust, and to dust all return!" Ecclesiastes 3:20 "As  chessmen  are all thrown into the box together—so in the  grave  there is no distinction.  Skulls wear no wreaths, and corpses carry no marks of honor." The bishop and the knight tumble into the box with the pawns—and the king and the queen fare no better!   Death is a terrible leveler!  It is a pity that some men carry their heads so high above their fellows all the day—for they will have to sleep at night in the  same bed of clay  with those whom they despise! "Poor  weeds , rich  grain , gay  flowers  together stand.  Alas! death mows down  all  with an impartial hand!" "You sweep men away in the sleep of death; they are like the new  grass  of the morning—though in the morning it springs up new, by evening it is dry and withered." Psalm 90:5-6. Here is the history of the  grass— sown, grown, blown, mown, gone! The history of  man  is not much mor

C.H. Spurgeon: 'Nevertheless I am continually with You!'

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  " Nevertheless I am continually with You! " Psalm 73:23 "Nevertheless"—as if, notwithstanding all the foolishness and ignorance that David had just been confessing to God—not one atom the less was it true and certain that David was saved and accepted, and that the blessing of being constantly in God's presence was undoubtedly his. Fully conscious of his own lost estate and of the deceitfulness and vileness of his nature—yet by a glorious outburst of faith, he sings,  "Nevertheless I am continually with You!" Believer, endeavor in like spirit to say, "Nevertheless, since I belong to Christ, I am continually with God!" I am continually upon His  mind —He is always thinking of me for my good. I am continually before His  eye —the eye of the Lord never sleeps but is perpetually watching over my welfare. I am continually in His  hand —so that none will be able to pluck me out from it. I am continually on His  heart —worn there as a memorial, eve

C.H. Spurgeon: 'You yourself will sit with Him upon His throne!'

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  What enlightenment, what joys, what consolation, what delight of heart—is experienced by that man who has learned to feed on Jesus, and on Jesus alone! Yet the realization that we have of Christ's preciousness is, in this life, imperfect at the best.  We have but tasted  "that the Lord is gracious." We do not yet know how good and gracious He is—although what we know of His sweetness, makes us long for more. We are but beginners now in spiritual education. For although we have learned the  first letters  of the alphabet, we cannot  read  words yet, much less can we put  sentences  together. As one says, "He who has been in Heaven but five minutes, knows more than the general assembly of divines on earth." We have many ungratified desires at present, but soon every wish will be satisfied—and all our powers shall find the sweetest employment in that eternal world of joy. Oh, Christian, within a very little time you will be rid of all your trials and your trouble