SEPTEMBER 20

 

Thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place … to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones—Isa. 57: 15.

 

Let us ever keep in memory that a broken and contrite heart the Lord never despises, will never spurn. Therefore, into whatever difficulty any of the Lord's people may stumble, if they find themselves hungering for the Lord's fellowship and forgiveness, if they find their hearts contrite and broken, let them not despair, but remember that God has made a provision through the merit of Christ which enables Him to accept and justify freely from all sin all that come unto Him through Jesus— through faith in His blood. … Those who have broken and contrite hearts on account of their sins may know that they have not committed "the sin unto death, for their condition of heart proves this, as the Apostle declares: "It is impossible to renew again unto repentance" any who have committed the sin unto death.

 

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Jehovah is sublime in His person, character, Plan and works. Infinite is He in His exaltation. Though supreme above all other beings, He is quite unlike the great among men and fallen angels. Few of the former, and none of the latter, condescend to beings of low estate, especially to give them an uplift in heart and mind. Of necessity, all of Jehovah's dealings are with inferiors; nevertheless, He delights to use His position, Spirit, Plan, works and possessions for the lowly and contrite. He even gives up unto death His human sons for their blessing. Where can another be found so worthy? Worthy is He of faith, love, obedience, thanks, praise, service and faithfulness.

 

Parallel passages: Deut. 10: 17; Psa. 8: 9; 57: 5; 97: 2, 6, 9; 145: 5, 11, 12; Isa. 2: 10; 6: 1, 3; 35: 2; Ezek. 1: 26-28; Gen. 19: 16; Ex. 15: 13; 22: 27; 34: 6, 7; Num. 14: 18-20; Judg. 2: 18; 2Sam. 12: 13; Ezra 9: 9, 13; Neh. 9: 17, 27-31; Job 33: 14-30; Psa. 30: 5; 32: 1, 2, 5; 85: 10; 103: 3, 8-14, 17; Matt. 18: 11-14, 23-27; Luke 1: 50, 77, 78; Eph. 2: 4-7; Heb. 4: 16; 1Pet. 3: 8, 15; 1John 1: 9.

 

Questions: How did God this week show me His grace? How did I receive and use  it?

What were the results?

 

A PRESENT HELP

 

THERE is never a day so dreary,

But God can make it bright;

And unto the soul that trusts Him,

He giveth songs in the night.

 

There is never a path so hidden,

But God will show us the way,

If we seek for the Spirit's guidance,

And patiently wait and pray.

 

There is never a cross so heavy,

But the loving hands are there,

Outstretched in tender compassion,

The burden to help us bear.

 

There is never a heart that is broken,

But the loving Christ can heal;

For the heart that was pierced on Calvary,

Doth still for His people feel.

 

There is never a life so darkened,

So hopeless and so unblest,

But may be filled with the light of God,

And enter His promised rest.

 

There is never a sin nor a sorrow,

There is never a care nor a loss,

But that we may carry to Jesus,

And leave at the foot of the cross.

 

What more can we ask than He's promised?

(And we know that His Word cannot fail,)

Our refuge when storms are impending,

Our help when temptations assail.

 

Our Savior, our Friend and Redeemer,

Our portion on earth and in Heaven;

For He who withheld not His own Son,

Hath with Him all things freely given.

 

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