Pilgrim Portions


Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby  



“Those He calls His own

—pilgrims in scenes where He has been.”



Selected by H. G.

Cover of book Pilgrim Portions




3—The Word of God

4—The Holy Spirit

5—The Perfections of Christ









14—Unbelieving fears

15—Separation from the world



18—Cross Bearing

19—Looking unto Jesus


21—The presence of God


23—Divine Affections (1)

24—Divine affections (2)


26—Songs of the night

27—The Man of sorrows


29—The all-sufficiency of Christ

30—Divine energy

31—Help from the sanctuary


33—The faithfulness of God



36—Nearness to God

37—Backsliding and restoration

38—The Light of eternity

39—Our needs and
       His fulness


41—The divine heart

42—Practical santification


44—Cheer for pilgrims

45—The will of God


47—The courts above

48—Christ is all

49—Walking with God


51—The heavently light

52—Our hope



“Joy unspeakable.

                    1 Peter 1:8

Sing without ceasing, sing,

    The Saviour’s present grace,

How all things shine

    In light divine,

For those who’ve seen His face.

The thing that hinders our rejoicing is not trouble, but being half and half. If in the world his conscience reproaches the Christian, if he meets spiritual Christians he is unhappy there; in fact, he is happy nowhere.


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Ours ought not to be a religion of regrets, but a rejoicing of heart continually.


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“Rejoice evermore: pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks.” Closer connection between these three than our souls are wont to acknowledge. Joy will ever rise in proportion to prayer and thanksgiving.


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Where His will is there is happiness. … Christ is my happiness … but it is in the path of His will that we find the enjoyment of His love. … Thus I find in Him a source of profound and ineffable joy … our treasure is Himself.


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I have been unspeakably happy lately, yet as making me nothing in the thought of being the object of God’s love; I had been seeking right affections towards Him—all right—but the thought that He loved me flowed in on me in joy and peace; and peace is a very deep thing, like a river.


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I attach more importance to peace than to joy. I should wish to see you habitually in a joy more deep than demonstrative, but if Jesus is at the bottom of your heart … then your joy will be deep.


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Sorrow is a good thing, and makes God a more abundant source of joy.


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The true effect of real joy in the things of God is to empty us of ourselves and to make us think little of ourselves.


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(Phil. iv. 4.) The apostle … exhorts Christians to rejoice: it is a testimony to the worth of Christ.


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“Would to God, that not only thou, but all that hear me, were … altogether such as I am, except these bonds! “What happiness and what love (and in God these two things go together) are expressed in these words! A poor prisoner, aged and rejected, at the end of his career he is rich in God. Blessed years that he had spent in prison! He could give himself as a model of happiness, for it filled his heart.


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(Phil. 3:18; 4:4.) If he even weeps over many who call themselves Christians he always rejoices in the Lord; in Him is that which nothing can alter. This is not an indifference to sorrow which hinders weeping, but it is a spring of joy which enlarges when there is distress, because of its immutability, and which even becomes more pure in the heart the more it becomes the only one, and it is in itself the only spring that is infinitely pure. When it is our only spring we thereby love others. If we love them besides Him we lose something of Him. When … we are weaned from all other springs His joy remains in all its purity, and our concern for others partakes of this same purity.


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Our woe is Thine, Lord Jesus!

    Our joy is in Thy love;
But woe and joy all lead us
    To Thee, in heaven above.

Pilgrim Portions - Meditations for the Day of Rest -

Selected from the Writings, Hymns, Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby
Scanning, OCR and revision according to the original: Santiago Escuain
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