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Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - October 18, 2015

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> "Thy paths drop fatness."
> Psalm 65:11
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> Many are "the paths of the Lord" which "drop fatness," but an especial one is the
path of prayer. No believer, who is much in the closet, will have need to cry, "My
leanness, my leanness; woe unto me." Starving souls live at a distance from the
mercy- seat, and become like the parched fields in times of drought. Prevalence
with God in wrestling prayer is sure to make the believer strong--if not happy.

The nearest place to the gate of heaven is the throne of the heavenly grace. Much
alone, and you will have much assurance; little alone with Jesus, your religion
will be shallow, polluted with many doubts and fears, and not sparkling with the
joy of the Lord. Since the soul-enriching path of prayer is open to the very
weakest saint; since no high attainments are required; since you are not bidden to
come because you are an advanced saint, but freely invited if you be a saint at
all; see to it, dear reader, that you are often in the way of private devotion. Be
much on your knees, for so Elijah drew the rain upon famished Israel's fields.
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> There is another especial path dropping with fatness to those who walk therein, it
is the secret walk of communion. Oh! the delights of fellowship with Jesus! Earth
hath no words which can set forth the holy calm of a soul leaning on Jesus' bosom.
Few Christians understand it, they live in the lowlands and seldom climb to the
top of Nebo: they live in the outer court, they enter not the holy place, they
take not up the privilege of priesthood.

At a distance they see the sacrifice, but
they sit not down with the priest to eat thereof, and to enjoy the fat of the
burnt offering. But, reader, sit thou ever under the shadow of Jesus; come up to
that palm tree, and take hold of the branches thereof; let thy beloved be unto
thee as the apple-tree among the trees of the wood, and thou shalt be satisfied as
with marrow and fatness. O Jesus, visit us with thy salvation!
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> Evening
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> "Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice."
> 1 Samuel 15:22
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> Saul had been commanded to slay utterly all the Amalekites and their cattle.
Instead of doing so, he preserved the king, and suffered his people to take the
best of the oxen and of the sheep. When called to account for this, he declared
that he did it with a view of offering sacrifice to God; but Samuel met him at
once with the assurance that sacrifices were no excuse for an act of direct
rebellion. The sentence before us is worthy to be printed in letters of gold, and
to be hung up before the eyes of the present idolatrous generation, who are very
fond of the fineries of will-worship, but utterly neglect the laws of God.

Be it
ever in your remembrance, that to keep strictly in the path of your Saviour's
command is better than any outward form of religion; and to hearken to his precept
with an attentive ear is better than to bring the fat of rams, or any other
precious thing to lay upon his altar. If you are failing to keep the least of
Christ's commands to his disciples, I pray you be disobedient no longer. All the
pretensions you make of attachment to your Master, and all the devout actions
which you may perform, are no recompense for disobedience. "To obey," even in the
slightest and smallest thing, "is better than sacrifice," however pompous.

Talk
not of Gregorian chants, sumptuous robes, incense, and banners; the first thing
which God requires of his child is obedience; and though you should give your body
to be burned, and all your goods to feed the poor, yet if you do not hearken to
the Lord's precepts, all your formalities shall profit you nothing. It is a
blessed thing to be teachable as a little child, but it is a much more blessed
thing when one has been taught the lesson, to carry it out to the letter. How many
adorn their temples and decorate their priests, but refuse to obey the word of the
Lord! My soul, come not thou into their secret.
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