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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - September 14, 2015

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> "There were also with him other little ships."
> Mark 4:36
> Jesus was the Lord High Admiral of the sea that night, and his presence preserved
the whole convoy. It is well to sail with Jesus, even though it be in a little
ship. When we sail in Christ's company, we may not make sure of fair weather, for
great storms may toss the vessel which carries the Lord himself, and we must not
expect to find the sea less boisterous around our little boat. If we go with Jesus
we must be content to fare as he fares; and when the waves are rough to him, they
will be rough to us. It is by tempest and tossing that we shall come to land, as
he did before us.
> When the storm swept over Galilee's dark lake all faces gathered blackness, and
all hearts dreaded shipwreck. When all creature help was useless, the slumbering
Saviour arose, and with a word, transformed the riot of the tempest into the deep
quiet of a calm; then were the little vessels at rest as well as that which
carried the Lord.

Jesus is the star of the sea; and though there be sorrow upon
the sea, when Jesus is on it there is joy too. May our hearts make Jesus their
anchor, their rudder, their lighthouse, their life-boat, and their harbour. His
Church is the Admiral's flagship, let us attend her movements, and cheer her
officers with our presence.

He himself is the great attraction; let us follow ever
in his wake, mark his signals, steer by his chart, and never fear while he is
within hail. Not one ship in the convoy shall suffer wreck; the great Commodore
will steer every barque in safety to the desired haven. By faith we will slip our
cable for another day's cruise, and sail forth with Jesus into a sea of
tribulation. Winds and waves will not spare us, but they all obey him; and,
therefore, whatever squalls may occur without, faith shall feel a blessed calm
within. He is ever in the centre of the weather-beaten company: let us rejoice in
him. His vessel has reached the haven, and so shall ours.
> Evening
> "I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will
confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my
> Psalm 32:5
> David's grief for sin was bitter. Its effects were visible upon his outward frame:
"his bones waxed old"; "his moisture was turned into the drought of summer." No
remedy could he find, until he made a full confession before the throne of the
heavenly grace. He tells us that for a time he kept silence, and his heart became
more and more filled with grief: like a mountain tarn whose outlet is blocked up,
his soul was swollen with torrents of sorrow. He fashioned excuses; he endeavoured
to divert his thoughts, but it was all to no purpose; like a festering sore his
anguish gathered, and as he would not use the lancet of confession, his spirit was
full of torment, and knew no rest.

At last it came to this, that he must return
unto his God in humble penitence, or die outright; so he hastened to the
mercy-seat, and there unrolled the volume of his iniquities before the all-seeing
One, acknowledging all the evil of his ways in language such as you read in the
fifty-first and other penitential Psalms. Having done this, a work so simple and
yet so difficult to pride, he received at once the token of divine forgiveness;
the bones which had been broken were made to rejoice, and he came forth from his
closet to sing the blessedness of the man whose transgression is forgiven.

See the
value of a grace-wrought confession of sin! It is to be prized above all price,
for in every case where there is a genuine, gracious confession, mercy is freely
given, not because the repentance and confession deserve mercy, but for Christ's
sake. Blessed be God, there is always healing for the broken heart; the fountain
is ever flowing to cleanse us from our sins. Truly, O Lord, thou art a God "ready
to pardon!" Therefore will we acknowledge our iniquities.
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