You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me; your willingness to help enables me to prevail. – Ps 18:35 NET
How like a mounting devil in the heart
Rules the unreigned ambition! Let it once
But play the monarch, and its haughty brow
Glows with a beauty that bewilders thought
And unthrones peace forever. Putting on
The very pomp of Lucifer, it turns
The heart to ashes.
– Nathaniel P. Willis
Temperance, in the nobler sense, does not mean a subdued and imperfect energy; it does not mean a stopping short in any good thing, as love or in faith; but it means the power which governs the most intense energy, and prevents its acting in any way but as it ought.
– John Ruskin
Gracious Father, I pray that I may be willing to profit by the experience of great teachers, and appreciate the value of strong principles. May I too live for the higher ideals of life, and through a sympathetic response add power and virtue to other lives, while gaining strength for my own. Amen.
WHY GOD SAVES
That grace, having spread through the many,
May cause thanksgiving to abound to the glory of God.
2 CORINTHIANS 4 : 15
Many people think the main reason God saves people is so that He can keep them out of hell, or so that they can experience His love or lead happy lives. But all those reasons are secondary.
God saves people because it is an affront to His holy name that someone should live in rebellion against Him. That people experience salvation is not the main issue with God—it is His glory that is at stake.
The apostle Paul said of Jesus, “God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9–11). Salvation is for God’s glory.
God is glorified when people believe His gospel, love His Son, and accept His diagnosis of their greatest need, which is forgiveness of sin. You certainly benefit from God’s provision of salvation, but you exist for the glory of God.
~ John MacArthur ~
“Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way.” — Psa 119:37
There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us, apart from the Lord himself. What! will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaiteth the righteous, and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying, and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master’s service? Will not Christ’s love constrain me? Can I think of his dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of his cross, and not be stirred with fervency and zeal? It seems so! No mere consideration can quicken us to zeal, but God himself must do it, hence the cry, “Quicken thou me.” The Psalmist breathes out his whole soul in vehement pleadings: his body and his soul unite in prayer. “Turn away mine eyes,” says the body: “Quicken thou me,” cries the soul. This is a fit prayer for every day. O Lord, hear it in my case this night.
~ Charles Spurgeon ~
“For the Lord’s allotment is his people.” – Deut 32:9 NET
You belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God.—I am my beloved’s, and he desires me!—And I am his.—The Son of God … loved me and gave himself for me.
You are not your own. For you were bought at a price. Therefore glorify God with your body.—”You, however, the Lord has selected and brought from Egypt, that iron-smelting furnace, to be his special people as you are today.”
You are God’s field, God’s building.—But Christ is faithful as a son over God’s house. We are of his house, if in fact we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope we take pride in.—A spiritual house to be a holy priesthood.
“They will belong to me,” says the Lord who rules over all, “in the day when I prepare my own special property.”—”Everything I have belongs to you, and everything you have belongs to me, and I have been glorified by them.”—His glorious inheritance in the saints.
1 Cor 3:23, Song 7:10, Song 2:16, Gal 2:20, 1 Cor 6:19-20, Deut 4:20, 1 Cor 3:9, Heb 3:6, 1 Pet 2:5, Mal 3:17, John 17:10, Eph 1:18
“Don’t forget to do good and to share what you have with those in need, for such sacrifices are very pleasing to God.”
Father God, today is a new opportunity for me to reach out in love and lend a helping hand. How easy it is for me to want to keep all that You bless me with, for me. Touch my heart and help me to be a giver, the same way that You have given to me, all the days of my life. Amen