OCTOBER 3

 

Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them—Psa. 119: 165.

 

Our requests should be, increasingly, for grace and wisdom and the fruits of the Spirit and opportunities for serving the Lord and the brethren, and for growing more and more into the likeness of God's dear Son. … Under these conditions who can doubt that the promised "peace of God beyond all understanding" would "guard" such "hearts" and their "thoughts"? This peace would of itself dispel one of the great evils that afflict the hearts of many. Selfishness and ambition would find little room in a heart so filled. Divine peace can dwell in our hearts, and rule in them, so as to keep out the worry and turmoil of the world, even when we are surrounded by these disadvantageous conditions—even when the Adversary himself is besetting us through deceived agents.

 

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God's law for His consecrated people consists of duty love and disinterested love. Thus it embraces the precepts of the Word. But many Scriptures use it in a much wider sense, i.e., to mean also the doctrines, promises, exhortations, prophecies, histories and types of the Word, i.e., the contents of the whole Bible. In the widest sense of the word, to delight in the Lord's law means to take keen pleasure in its meditation, spread and practice. Lovers of God's law, knowing that all things are working together for their and humanity's ultimate good unto the Lord's glory, have rest of heart and mind. Amid trials these are kept from falling from God's favor, and thus retain it through the help of the Lord's Word and providence.

 

Parallel passages: Psa. 4: 8; 25: 12, 13; 29: 11; Prov. 3: 17, 24; Isa. 26: 3, 12; 28: 12; 32: 2; 54: 10, 13; 57: 1, 2, 19; Luke 2: 14; John 14: 27; Rom. 5: 1; 8: 6; Eph. 2: 14-17; Phil. 4: 7; Col. 3: 15.

 

Questions: What have been this week's experiences in line with this text? What were the circumstances? What was helpful and hindersome therein? In what did they result?

 

DOUBT HIM NOT

 

FIGHTING, waiting, struggling, trusting,

Is He sure to bless?

Prophets, fathers, martyrs, Christians,

Answer, Yes!

 

Fearest sometimes that thy Father

Hath forgot?

 Though the clouds around thee gather,

Doubt Him not!

 

Always hath the daylight broken,

Always hath He comfort spoken!

Better hath He been for years,

Than thy fears.

 

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