APRIL 29

 

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him—Psa. 91: 15.

 

It is always our blessed privilege to carry our sorrows and vexations to the Lord,

 

For He knows

How to steal the bitter from life's woes.

 

He does it by showing us, through experience, the vanity of all earthly things and their utter inability to satisfy the soul's cravings, or to comfort the wounded spirit. Then comes the thought that however vexing our experiences, they will soon be over; and if we permit them to do so, they will only work out in us the peaceable fruits of righteousness, and develop in us strong and noble characters, disciplined to thorough selfcontrol, thoughtful consideration, patient endurance of affliction and loving loyalty and faithfulness and trust in God.

 

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It is the privilege of Christians to pray to God through Christ, to thus have access to God in prayer at any time; and to them is given the assurance of a gracious answer. God also is with them in all afflictions with His sympathy, love and help. His deliverance out of the trouble is sure, when the latter has accomplished its purpose. Amid the trouble He is their support, and the highest honors possible of attainment for such He has in reservation for them in His glorious Kingdom.

 

Parallel passages: Job 14: 14, 15; Psa. 27: 8; 50: 15; 145: 18; Matt. 6: 6; 7: 7, 8; John 16: 23-26; Dan. 12: 1-3; Psa. 21: 2, 4; 107: 6, 7; 2Tim. 4: 8, 18; Rev. 2: 7, 10, 17, 26, 27; 3: 4, 5, 12, 21.

 

Questions: What have been this week's experiences in reference to this text? How have its assurances affected me?

 

TO JESUS ALWAYS

 

I ALWAYS go to Jesus,

When troubled or distressed;

I always find a refuge

When I with Him can rest.

I tell Him all my trials,

I tell Him all my grief;

And while my lips are speaking

He gives my heart relief.

 

When full of dread forebodings,

And flowing o'er with tears,

He calms away my sorrows,

And hushes all my fears.

He comprehends my weakness,

The peril I am in,

And He supplies the armor

I need to vanquish sin.

 

When those are cold and faithless,

Who once were fond and true,

With careless hearts forsaking

The old friends for the new,

I turn to Him whose friendship

Knows neither change nor end:

I always find in Jesus

An ever faithful Friend.

 

I always go to Jesus;

No matter when or where

I seek His gracious presence,

I'm sure to find Him there.

In times of joy or sorrow,

Whate'er my need may be,

I always go to Jesus,

And Jesus comforts me.

 

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