Forget Not All His Benefits

It is a delightful and profitable occupation to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints and to observe His goodness in delivering them, His mercy in pardoning them, and his faithfulness in keeping His covenant with them. But would it not be more interesting and profitable for us to notice the hand of God in our own lives? Should we not look on our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of his truth, as much a proof of His faithfulness and veracity, as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before?

We do our Lord a injustice when we suppose that He wrought all his mighty acts and showed Himself strong for those in early times, but does not perform wonders or “bare His Holy arm” (Isaiah 52:10) for the saints who are now on the earth. Let us view our own lives. Surely in these we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God.

Have you had no deliverances? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the divine presence? Have festations? Have you no choice favors? The God who gave Solomon the desire of his heart, has he never listen to you and answered your request? The God of lavish bounty of whom David sang, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things”(Psalms 103:5), has He never satiated you with fatness?

Have you never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have you never been lead by the still waters? Surely the goodness of God has been the same to us as to the saints of old. Let us, weave His mercies into a song. Let us take the pure gold of thankfulness and the jewels of praise and make them into another crown for the head of Jesus. Let our souls give forth music as sweet and as exhilarating as came from David’s harp, while we praise the Lord whose mercy endures forever.


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