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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - July 16, 2015

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> "They gathered manna every morning."
> Exodus 16:21
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> Labour to maintain a sense of thine entire dependence upon the Lord's good will
and pleasure for the continuance of thy richest enjoyments. Never try to live on
the old manna, nor seek to find help in Egypt. All must come from Jesus, or thou
art undone forever. Old anointings will not suffice to impart unction to thy
spirit; thine head must have fresh oil poured upon it from the golden horn of the
sanctuary, or it will cease from its glory. To-day thou mayest be upon the summit
of the mount of God, but he who has put thee there must keep thee there, or thou
wilt sink far more speedily than thou dreamest.

Thy mountain only stands firm when
he settles it in its place; if he hide his face, thou wilt soon be troubled. If
the Saviour should see fit, there is not a window through which thou seest the
light of heaven which he could not darken in an instant. Joshua bade the sun stand
still, but Jesus can shroud it in total darkness. He can withdraw the joy of thine
heart, the light of thine eyes, and the strength of thy life; in his hand thy
comforts lie, and at his will they can depart from thee. This hourly dependence
our Lord is determined that we shall feel and recognize, for he only permits us to
pray for "daily bread," and only promises that "as our days our strength shall
be."

Is it not best for us that it should be so, that we may often repair to his
throne, and constantly be reminded of his love? Oh! how rich the grace which
supplies us so continually, and doth not refrain itself because of our
ingratitude! The golden shower never ceases, the cloud of blessing tarries
evermore above our habitation. O Lord Jesus, we would bow at thy feet, conscious
of our utter inability to do anything without thee, and in every favour which we
are privileged to receive, we would adore thy blessed name and acknowledge thine
unexhausted love.
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> Evening
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> "Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the
set time is come. For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the
dust thereof."
> Psalm 102:13-14
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> A selfish man in trouble is exceedingly hard to comfort, because the springs of
his comfort lie entirely within himself, and when he is sad all his springs are
dry. But a large-hearted man full of Christian philanthropy, has other springs
from which to supply himself with comfort beside those which lie within.

He can go
to his God first of all, and there find abundant help; and he can discover
arguments for consolation in things relating to the world at large, to his
country, and, above all, to the church. David in this Psalm was exceedingly
sorrowful; he wrote, "I am like an owl of the desert. I watch, and am as a sparrow
alone upon the house top." The only way in which he could comfort himself, was in
the reflection that God would arise, and have mercy upon Zion: though he was sad,
yet Zion should prosper; however low his own estate, yet Zion should arise.


Christian man! learn to comfort thyself in God's gracious dealing towards the
church. That which is so dear to thy Master, should it not be dear above all else
to thee? What though thy way be dark, canst thou not gladden thine heart with the
triumphs of his cross and the spread of his truth? Our own personal troubles are
forgotten while we look, not only upon what God has done, and is doing for Zion,
but on the glorious things he will yet do for his church.

Try this receipt, O
believer, whenever thou art sad of heart and in heaviness of spirit: forget
thyself and thy little concerns, and seek the welfare and prosperity of Zion. When
thou bendest thy knee in prayer to God, limit not thy petition to the narrow
circle of thine own life, tried though it be, but send out thy longing prayers for
the church's prosperity, "Pray for the peace of Jerusalem," and thine own soul
shall be refreshed.
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