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



He satisfieth the
longing soul.

                    Psalm 107:9

My heart is filled with bliss­—

Heaven’s own eternal joys:

      My soul at rest­—

      Of peace possessed—

That world its strength employs.

God could find no rest save in Jesus. We may look throughout the world, we shall find nothing which can satisfy our hearts but Jesus.


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When the heart is made full with the rich blessings of Christ, it will not turn back to gnaw upon itself.


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All the things that will make me blessed in heaven I have now. … If you want to know what makes a Christian happy in life and death it is that the Christ he has got now is the Christ that he will have in heaven. He has got his home there, where the One he loves and knows best is already.


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The fact is, your hearts are too big for the world, it cannot fill them; they are too little for Christ, for He fills heaven; yet will He fill you to overflowing.


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“These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you;” He had no joy from the world. He had perfect joy in the Father. His joy was in bringing forth fruit to the Father’s glory. He is thus shewing to us how in fruit bearing we can have joy and blessedness down here. “That your joy might be full.” That is what He wants us to have—fulness of joy; and it is not from the world, but the kind of joy He had. It is His desire that we should have His own joy.


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Every one who does not know Christ has either a disappointed heart or a heart seeking what will disappoint it.


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If His love is not filling my heart, I shall go to some vanity in a shop to satisfy me: my heart will get into my business. If my spirit is wrapped up in the love of Christ, there will be rivers of water flowing out.


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No testimony, no preaching, no teaching, even if the matter of it be all right, is right teaching, when the soul is not filled for itself first from God. We must drink for ourselves that rivers may flow. Indeed all else dries up the soul.


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The world at once sees if God is the centre of a person. The heart is not morbid, but thoroughly happy in God; it has perfect satisfaction in Him, this is what makes such a difference in life.


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“Is the wilderness before thee­—

    Desert lands where drought abides?

Heavenly springs shall there restore thee

    Fresh from God’s exhaustless tides.”


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“If ye loved me, ye would rejoice, because I … go unto the Father.” Inasmuch as He has exercised love to us, He associates us with Himself, and expects us to rejoice in His happiness. What a place to give us: to be able to say, “I am happy because He is glorified;” our hearts satisfied that Christ, who has loved us and made us happy, is contented! We see Him in the glory due to Him, and we are satisfied. … He expects us to be glad in His happiness!

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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