Monday, May 23, 2011

Grace Upon Grace

Another word from Spurgeon:

I will set him on high, because he hath known my name. (Psalm 91:14)

"Does the Lord say this to me? Yes, if I have known His name. Blessed be the Lord, I am no stranger to Him. I have tried Him, proved Him, and known Him, and therefore do I trust Him. I know His name as a sin-hating God, for by His Spirit's convincing power I have been taught that He will never wink at evil. But I also know Him as the sin-pardoning God in Christ Jesus, for He has forgiven me all trespasses. His name is faithfulness, and I know it, for He has never forsaken me though my troubles have multiplied upon me.

This knowledge is a gift of grace, and the Lord makes it to be the reason why He grants another grace-gift, namely, setting on high. This is grace upon grace. Observe that if we climb on high, the position may be dangerous; but if the Lord sets us there it is safe. He may raise us to great usefulness, to eminent experience, to success in service, to leadership among workers, to a father's place among the little ones. If He does not do this, He may set us on high by near fellowship, clear insight, holy triumph, and gracious anticipation of eternal glory. When God sets us on high, Satan himself cannot pull us down. Oh, that this may be our case all through this day!"

From Me:

I know "Grace Hill."  "Grace Heights!"  For God does not aim low!  Just when I think my heart will burst, when I think God has given me the victory -- God gives more grace!  The redemption from death is mercy untold -- everything else is grace to us!  The food on our tables, no matter how sparse or plain it may be -- grace.  Our health, no matter how poor or painful -- grace.  The money in our pockets, no matter how little or great -- grace.  The opportunity to worship and serve, to give glory to the King of Kings, to obey and suffer with Him -- grace.  The privilege to turn to Him for strength even in our deepest grief and darkest of hours -- grace.
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