JANUARY 1

 

O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard, which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved—Psa. 66: 8, 9.

 

Thanks be to God that His grace has preserved us, "kept us from falling," through another year; that so many of us are still of one heart and of one mind in respect to His Word and its service! When we remember that the Adversary is to be permitted to bring "strong delusions" upon the Lord's people for the very purpose of sifting out all not truly His (2 Thes. 2: 1-12), it should surely call forth our thanks to God that the opening of another year finds us still standing fast, appreciating the Truth, and in full accord with all the Divine appointments by which He has kept us from falling.

 

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The true people of God exhort one another to speak highly of His Word and to cause the message that embodies His attributes to be understood. He preserves the existence of His true people throughout their entire course. He does not, nor will He allow them to be overthrown nor to lose their position in Christ, the solid Rock on which they stand.

 

Parallel  passages:  Joel  2: 26; Psa. 103; 104: 1; 105: 1-7;  91: 1-16;  92: 1-5, 10-15; Rom. 8: 31-39; 1Pet. 1: 2-9; Jude 24, 25; Psa. 40: 1-4; 115: 18; 145: 1, 2; Isa. 33: 16; Matt. 10: 28-31.

 

Questions: Have I this week made His praise known? How did it energize me and keep me from stumbling? What will I do with His praise this year?

 

THE YEAR BEFORE US

 

STANDING at the portal of the opening year,

Words of comfort meet us, hushing every fear;

Spoken through the silence by our Father's voice,

Tender, strong and faithful, making us rejoice.

Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;

For His Word shall never, never pass away.

 

"I, the Lord, am with thee, be thou not afraid;

I will help and strengthen, be thou not dismayed.

Yea, I will uphold thee with Mine own right hand;

Thou art called and chosen in My sight to stand."

Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;

For His Word shall never, never pass away.

 

For the years before us, oh, what rich supplies!

For the poor and needy, living streams shall rise;

For the sad and mournful, shall His grace abound;

For the faint and feeble, perfect strength be found.

Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;

For His Word shall never, never pass away.

 

He will never fail us, He will not forsake;

His eternal covenant He will never break;

Resting on His promise, what have we to fear?

God is all-sufficient for the coming year.

Onward, then, and fear not, children of the day;

For His Word shall never, never pass away.

 

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