SEPTEMBER 16

 

The LORD will give strength unto his people; the LORD will bless his people with peace—Psa. 29: 11.

 

If you have trials and temptations which you are able to overcome, and which are working out in your character patience, experience, brotherly kindness, sympathy and love, rejoice and offer the prayer of thanksgiving and acknowledgment  of Divine mercy and help. If your trials seem heavier than you can bear, and likely to crush you, take the matter to the great Burden-bearer, and ask His help in bearing whatever would do you good, and release from all that would do you no good, but which would injure you.

 

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The strength that the Lord gives His people is spiritual, the power of character whereby they are able in every circumstance to do His will. Glorious indeed is this strength! The Word of God, appropriate to our providential surroundings, is the means of its bestowal. The stronger God's people become the more are they blessed with the assurance that gives and increases peace. Like a river which ever increases in depth and breadth as it is joined by other streams, their peace becomes deeper, wider and fuller by God's increasing gifts. Blessed the people that have Jehovah as their God!

 

Parallel passages: Job 34: 9; Psa. 18: 2, 35; Isa. 26: 3, 12; 27: 5; 23: 12; Eph. 1: 19;  3: 7, 16; Col. 1: 29; 2: 12; Phil. 4: 7, 9; Matt. 11: 28-30; John 14: 1, 27; Rom. 5: 1; Col. 3: 15.

 

Questions: Did God bless me this week with strength and peace? How? Whereby?

With what results?

 

PEACE, PERFECT PEACE

 

PEACE, perfect peace! in this dark world of sin?

The blood of Jesus whispers peace within.

 

Peace, perfect peace! by thronging duties pressed?

To do the will of Jesus, this is rest.

 

Peace, perfect peace! with sorrows surging 'round?

On Jesus' bosom nought but calm is found.

 

Peace, perfect peace! 'mid suffering's keenest throes?

The sympathy of Jesus brings repose.

 

Peace, perfect peace! with loved ones far away?

In Jesus' keeping we are safe, and they.

 

Peace, perfect peace! our future all unknown?

Jesus we know, and He is on the throne.

 

Peace, perfect peace! death shadowing us and ours?

Jesus has vanquished death and all its powers.

 

It is enough: earth's struggles soon shall cease,

And Jesus call us to Heaven's perfect peace.

 

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