Daily Meditation — December 29

December: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

Transcripts

Morning Thought

“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” 1 Samuel 7:12

The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet, “hitherto the Lord hath helped!” Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea, in honor, in dishonor, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, “hitherto hath the Lord helped us!” We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves; even so look down the long aisles of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of loving kindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys. Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received “hitherto.”

But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes “hitherto,” he is not yet at the end, there is still a distance to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No! there is more yet-awakening in Jesus’ likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fullness of eternity, the infinity of bliss. O be of good courage, believer, and with grateful confidence raise thy “Ebenezer,” for–

He who hath helped thee hitherto
Will help thee all thy journey through.
When read in heaven’s light how glorious and marvelous a prospect will thy “hitherto” unfold to thy grateful eye!

Evening Thought

“What think ye of Christ?” Matthew 22:42

The great test of your soul’s health is, What think you of Christ? Is he to you “fairer than the children of men”–“the chief among ten thousand”–the “altogether lovely”? Wherever Christ is thus esteemed, all the faculties of the spiritual man exercise themselves with energy. I will judge of your piety by this barometer: does Christ stand high or low with you? If you have thought little of Christ, if you have been content to live without his presence, if you have cared little for his honor, if you have been neglectful of his laws, then I know that your soul is sick–God grant that it may not be sick unto death! But if the first thought of your spirit has been, how can I honor Jesus? If the daily desire of your soul has been, “O that I knew where I might find him!” I tell you that you may have a thousand infirmities, and even scarcely know whether you are a child of God at all, and yet I am persuaded, beyond a doubt, that you are safe, since Jesus is great in your esteem. I care not for thy rags, what thinkest thou of his royal apparel?  

I care not for thy wounds, though they bleed in torrents, what thinkest thou of his wounds? are they like glittering rubies in thine esteem? I think none the less of thee, though thou liest like Lazarus on the dunghill, and the dogs do lick thee–I judge thee not by thy poverty: what thinkest thou of the King in his beauty? Has he a glorious high throne in thy heart? Wouldest thou set him higher if thou couldest? Wouldest thou be willing to die if thou couldest but add another trumpet to the strain which proclaims his praise? Ah! then it is well with thee. Whatever thou mayest think of thyself, if Christ be great to thee, thou shalt be with him ere long.

“Though all the world my choice deride,
Yet Jesus shall my portion be;
For I am pleased with none beside,
The fairest of the fair is he”

 arrowleft   arrowright 

Back to Morning and Evening Meditation Main Menu

Show Buttons
Hide Buttons
Bible Reading Plans Bible Summaries Bible Verses by Topic Hymns Jesus on Earth Lent Season Praise Offerings Prayers
help from god prayer, god help me, god please help me
Help from God Prayer | 1 Extraordinary Charles Spurgeon Prayer
quotes about fake friends, bible verses about fake friends, fake people quotes
25 Important Bible Quotes About Fake Friends | Who is a Fake Friend?
good night prayers, prayers, night prayers
6 Special Good Night Prayers to End Your Day Peacefully
5 Minute Sermons Bible Facts Bible Heroes Bible in Pictures Classic Sermons Heroes of the Faith Historical Events Moral Stories Parables
short motivational story, motivational story in english, short motivational story in english, the struggles of our life
1 Powerful Short Motivational Story | The Struggles of Our Life
two friends and a bear, two friends and a bear story, friends bear
Two Friends and a Bear Story | 1 Powerful Tale on Fake Friendship
lion story, the greedy lion, greedy lion story
1 Greedy Lion Story | Do Not Chase Illusions | Grab Opportunities
Ask Bibilium Christian Poems Christmas Season Contemporary Songs eBooks Personal Development Quotes
jesus is the light of the world, jesus is the light, jesus christ the light of the world
Jesus is the Light of the World | Darkness Will Never Conquer Us | John 9 5
7 Deadly Sins, Seven Deadly Sins, 7 Deadly Sins in the Bible
What Are the 7 Deadly Sins? | Discover the 7 Corresponding Virtues
christian quotes about love, christian quotes, love quotes
30 Uplifting Christian Quotes About Love That Will Fill Your Heart With Joy
Animated Bible Stories Factopedia Sunday School
at the feet of jesus, feet of jesus, jesus feet
At the Beautiful Feet of Jesus | A Place of Forgiveness | 3 Great Benefits
animal camouflage, eastern screech owl, screech owl
Eastern Screech Owl | 1 Awesome Animal Disguise
12 disciples of Jesus, 12 disciples, disciples of jesus
12 Interesting Questions on 12 Disciples of Jesus | Sunday School Quiz
Don`t copy text!