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: Charles Spurgeon's Morning and Evening - August 12, 2015
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> Morning
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> "The Lord reigneth, let the earth rejoice."
> Psalm 97:1
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> Causes for disquietude there are none so long as this blessed sentence is true. On
earth the Lord's power as readily controls the rage of the wicked as the rage of
the sea; his love as easily refreshes the poor with mercy as the earth with
showers. Majesty gleams in flashes of fire amid the tempest's horrors, and the
glory of the Lord is seen in its grandeur in the fall of empires, and the crash of
thrones. In all our conflicts and tribulations, we may behold the hand of the
divine King.
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> "God is God; he sees and hears
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> All our troubles, all our tears.
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> Soul, forget not, 'mid thy pains,
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> God o'er all forever reigns."
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> In ****, evil spirits own, with misery, his undoubted supremacy. When permitted to
roam abroad, it is with a chain at their heel; the bit is in the mouth of
behemoth, and the hook in the jaws of leviathan. Death's darts are under the
Lord's lock, and the grave's prisons have divine power as their warder. The
terrible vengeance of the Judge of all the earth makes fiends cower down and
tremble, even as dogs in the kennel fear the hunter's whip.
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> "Fear not death, nor Satan's thrusts,
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> God defends who in him trusts;
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> Soul, remember, in thy pains,
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> God o'er all forever reigns."
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> In heaven none doubt the sovereignty of the King Eternal, but all fall on their
faces to do him homage. Angels are his courtiers, the redeemed his favourites, and
all delight to serve him day and night. May we soon reach the city of the great
King!
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> "For this life's long night of sadness
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> He will give us peace and gladness.
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> Soul, remember, in thy pains,
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> God o'er all forever reigns."
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> Evening
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> "The bow shall be seen in the cloud."
> Genesis 9:14
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> The rainbow, the symbol of the covenant with Noah, is typical of our Lord Jesus,
who is the Lord's witness to the people. When may we expect to see the token of
the covenant? The rainbow is only to be seen painted upon a cloud. When the
sinner's conscience is dark with clouds, when he remembers his past sin, and
mourneth and lamenteth before God, Jesus Christ is revealed to him as the covenant
Rainbow, displaying all the glorious hues of the divine character and betokening
peace. To the believer, when his trials and temptations surround him, it is sweet
to behold the person of our Lord Jesus Christ--to see him bleeding, living,
rising, and pleading for us. God's rainbow is hung over the cloud of our sins, our
sorrows, and our woes, to prophesy deliverance. Nor does a cloud alone give a
rainbow, there must be the crystal drops to reflect the light of the sun. So, our
sorrows must not only threaten, but they must really fall upon us. There had been
no Christ for us if the vengeance of God had been merely a threatening cloud:
punishment must fall in terrible drops upon the Surety. Until there is a real
anguish in the sinner's conscience, there is no Christ for him; until the
chastisement which he feels becomes grievous, he cannot see Jesus. But there must
also be a sun; for clouds and drops of rain make not rainbows unless the sun
shineth. Beloved, our God, who is as the sun to us, always shines, but we do not
always see him--clouds hide his face; but no matter what drops may be falling, or
what clouds may be threatening, if he does but shine there will be a rainbow at
once. It is said that when we see the rainbow the shower is over. Certain it is,
that when Christ comes, our troubles remove; when we behold Jesus, our sins
vanish, and our doubts and fears subside. When Jesus walks the waters of the sea,
how profound the calm!
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