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 all their affliction

he was afflicted.”

                    Isaiah 63:9

    Psa. 107:9.

There is rest in the tender love

    That has trodden our path below;

That has given us a place
          in the realms above,

    but can all our sorrows know.

The nearer a man walks with God through grace, the more tender he becomes as to the faults of others; the longer he lives as a saint, the more conscious of the faithfulness and tenderness of God, and of what it has been applied to in himself.


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Even as the Lord Jesus so perfectly entered into the sorrow … around Him when here, and was therefore a “man of sorrows and acquainted with grief;” so in his measure ought the saint to take up the sense of the weight of evil that is in the world, and thus become a man of sorrows also.


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The soul rejoices in … the immutable blessedness of God’s presence. Then whatever the circumstances in which we are placed, if they be only of those of sorrow and trial, what is the consequence? God ministers of the fulness of the sympathy of His love to our souls; and thus they become, so to speak, as a door, or a chink to let in God.


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Christ’s heart was moved when He saw sorrow. He would not have us cold and indifferent to it, nor yet, on the other hand, selfishly affected by it, but full of tenderness and compassion towards those who are suffering. “He has set us an example that we should follow his steps.”


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I have always felt that the first break in the family is more than all others … but Christ has come in where death was and given a life beyond it all. He calls us in gracious and tender love to live in that. He knows how to comfort—knows what death is far better than we do, because He is the resurrection and the life—has wept over it and suffered it. He will comfort you … with a comfort which, if it feels for death, death cannot touch.


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Christ was ever the perfect sociable man, perfectly accessible to sinners because He was thoroughly separated from them, and set apart for God inwardly, and had denied Himself, to live only by the words of God. … Such is the life of God below. … If we are truly free within, we can sympathise with that which is outside.


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The blessed Lord never fails in sympathy and kindness for the inevitable sorrows of the way. If He takes away what was long an object, and for our hearts at least a prop, He always comes in to cheer and comfort the spirit. He alone we can never lose, who is really nearer to us than any human tie.


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You cannot be in any condition that Christ did not come into. He plunged into the very sea of men’s misery to help you out. It is a comfort to get mans sympathy, but he often cannot help us. What is it to get God’s sympathy, which has power in it.

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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