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Cast Down
      "Why art thou cast down, O my soul" (Ps. 43:5). Is there ever any ground to be cast down? There are two reasons, but only two. If we are as yet unconverted, we have ground to be cast down; or if we have been converted and live in sin, then we are rightly cast down. But except for these two things there is no ground to be cast down, for all ...read

Cast Your Burdens Upon God
      "Look from the top" (Song of Solomon 4:8). Crushing weights give the Christian wings. It seems like a contradiction in terms, but it is a blessed truth. David out of some bitter experience cried: "Oh, that I had wings like a dove! Then would I fly away, and be at rest" (Ps. 55:6). But before he finished this meditation he seems to have reali ...read

Challenge Thy Mountain in the Lord
      "Concerning the work of my hands command ye me" (Isa. 45:11). Our Lord spoke in this tone when He said, "Father, I will." Joshua used it when, in the supreme moment of triumph, he lifted up his spear toward the setting sun, and cried, "Sun, stand thou still!" Elijah used it when he shut the heavens for three years and six months, and ag ...read

Character with Age
      "Like a shock of corn fully ripe" (Job 5:26). A gentleman, writing about the breaking up of old ships, recently said that it is not the age alone which improves the quality of the fiber in the wood of an old vessel, but the straining and wrenching of the vessel by the sea, the chemical action of the bilge water, and of many kinds of cargoes. ...read

Christ in the Vessel
      "Let us pass over unto the other side" (Mark 4:35). Even when we go forth at Christ's command, we need not expect to escape storms; for these disciples were going forth at Christ's command, yet they encountered the fiercest storm and were in great danger of being overwhelmed, so that they cried out in their distress for Christ's assistance. ...read

Christ our Consolation
      "His name shall be called Emmanuel . . . God with us." (Matt. 1:23) . "The Prince of Peace" (Isa. 9:6). "There's a song in the air! There's a star in the sky! There's a mother's deep prayer, And a baby's low cry! And the star rains its fire While the beautiful sing, For the manger of Bethlehem cradles a King." A few years ...read

Christ Sometimes Delays His Help
      "I called upon him, but he gave me no answer" (S. of Sol. 5:6). The Lord, when He hath given great faith, hath been known to try it by long delayings. He has suffered His servants' voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained unmovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. L ...read

Christ's Business is Supreme
      "His disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray . . . and he said unto them, When ye pray, say. . . Thy kingdom come" (Luke 11:1, 2). When they said, "Teach us to pray," the Master lifted His eyes and swept the far horizon of God. He gathered up the ultimate dream of the Eternal, and, rounding the sum of everything God intends to do in ...read

Claim Victory
      "Thou art my king, 0 God: Command deliverance (victories, margin) for Jacob" (Ps. 44:4 RV). Here is no foe to your growth in grace, no enemy in your Christian work, which was not included in your Savior's conquests. You need not be afraid of them. When you touch them, they will flee before you. God has promised to deliver them up before ...read

Climb Upward
      "And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the. winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst" (Ezek. 41:7). "Still upward be thine onward course: For thi ...read

Climb Upward
      "And there was an enlarging, and a winding about still upward to the side chambers: for the. winding about of the house went still upward round about the house: therefore the breadth of the house was still upward and so increased from the lowest chamber to the highest by the midst" (Ezek. 41:7). "Still upward be thine onward course: For thi ...read

Cling to God in Faith
      "I will not let thee go, except thou bless me ... and he blessed him there." (Gen. 32:26, 29.) Jacob got the victory and the blessing not by wrestling, but by clinging. His limb was out of joint and he could struggle no longer, but he would not let go. Unable to wrestle, he wound his arms around the neck of his mysterious antagonist and hung a ...read

Come Close to Him
      "He took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray, and as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering . . . they saw his glory" (Luke 9:29, 32). "If I have found grace in thy sight, show me thy glory" (Exod. 33:13). When Jesus took these three disciples up into that ...read

Comfort in the Depths
      "Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee. . .who passing through the valley of weeping, make it a well" (Ps. 84:5, 6). Comfort does not come to the light-hearted and merry. We must go down into "depths" if we would experience this most precious of God's gifts--comfort, and thus be prepared to be co-workers together with Him. When ...read

Commit and Rest
      "Faith is...the evidence of things not seen" (Heb. 11:1). True faith drops its letter in the post office box, and lets it go. Distrust holds on to a corner of it, and wonders that the answer never comes. I have some letters in my desk that have been written for weeks, but there was some slight uncertainty about the address or the contents, so ...read

Contentment
      "I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content" (Phil. 4:11). Paul, denied of every comfort, wrote the above words in his dungeon. A story is told of a king who went into his garden one morning, and found everything withered and dying. He asked the oak that stood near the gate what the trouble was. He found it was sick of l ...read

Continue in Prayer
      "And there was Anna, a prophetess . . . which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day" (Luke 2:36, 37). No doubt by praying we learn to pray, and the more we pray the oftener we can pray, and the better we can pray. He who prays in fits and starts is never likely to attain to that effectual, fervent ...read

Costly Glory
      "I even reckon all things as pure loss because of the priceless privilege of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord" (Phil. 3:8; Weymouth). Shining is always costly. Light comes only at the cost of that which produces it. An unlit candle does no shining. Burning must come before shining. We cannot be of great use to others without cost to ourselves. Bur ...read

Counting the Cost
      "I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus, my Lord" (Phil. 3:8). This is the happy season of ripening cornfields, of the merry song of the reapers, of the secured and garnered grain. But let me hearken to the sermon of the field. This is its solemn word to me. You must die in order to live. You must refu ...read

Cushion of the Sea
      "And the peace of God, which transcends all our powers of thought, will be a garrison to guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:7) (Weymouth). There is what is called the "cushion of the sea." Down beneath the surface that is agitated by storms, and driven about with winds, there is a part of the sea that is never stirred. Wh ...read

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