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



“In Thy presence is fulness

of joy.

                    Psalm 16:11

Such here on earth I am,

Though I in weakness roam;

    My place on high,

    God’s self so nigh;

His presence is my home.

It is a terrible thing … when God’s presence, in the place of being the home of our hearts, is terror and distress. I have no doubt that you will find hundreds of Christians who, instead of feeling away from home when they have got out of God’s presence, are at ease.


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We are called to be “at home” with God. The Lord Jesus Christ, when about to go back to heaven, said to Mary, “Go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.” We ought to be as much “at home” in spirit there as He. Was it not with joy, with confidence, that Jesus said He was going to the presence of His Father? … And was it not, in a certain sense, with the feeling of going home? … This is the church’s place; we are called to be “at home” with our God and Father—to the blessedness of His house. No matter what the world may be, we should be there at home—happy home! as truly there in spirit, and as happy there as Christ.


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We sometimes enjoy peace, we enjoy scripture, a hymn, or prayer, without realising the presence of God; and then there is not the same power, or the same exercise of heart in it. … It is very important not only to have a right thought, but to have it with Him. If you search your own heart, you will find that you may sing without realising Jesus Himself.


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I find the constant tendency even of work for the Lord, and an active mind, ever is to take us out of the presence of God. … God present puts us in our place, and Himself in His place in our hearts; and what confidence that gives, and how self is gone in joy! Our great affair is to keep in His presence.


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God would have us not only say, “We must all be manifested before the judgment seat of Christ,” but add, “I am manifested to God.” Be much before Him.


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This getting out of God’s presence is the source of all our weakness as saints, for in God’s strength we can do anything.


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If you have the assurance that God has intrusted you with His word, do not be troubled if you are set aside for a time. … Profit then by your present separation from the work to be much with Him. You will learn much inwardly in your incapacity to go forward, much of Himself.


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The Lord’s presence in the soul will bring self into utter ruin and nothingness.


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It is touching to go through the gospels, and to get sufficiently intimate with Christ to see His motives in everything; but this is much to say, and requires to live much with Him; but this is blessing. … If you get to trace Him through all the path, you never get anything but perfectness.

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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