Thy name our souls would bless
our hearts in righteousness,
Sweet is the confidence Thou giv’st,
Though high above our praise,Our hearts resort to where Thou liv’st
In heaven’s unclouded rays.
Communion with God always gives confidence in His power.
Do we know God’s presence as the practical home of our hearts? Oh what joy is there in this! Of one thing be sure: coming to Him in the name of Jesus, you will find it to be the real, blessed, secure home of your hearts.
We are not to be weary in well doing; in due time we shall reap “if we faint not.” … The principle of Matthew 20 is “Whatsoever is right I will give you,” so he went and worked and trusted; trusting Christ is a great matter. I should have very little to shew for my work: I feel it sometimes. … But … if I only have His approval, oh how content I should be!
What the devil did was to undo our confidence in God: what Jesus did is to shew us that we may trust Him. And when the believer sees not this, he is looking to the devil and his temptations more than to the love and power of Christ, who has conquered all his enemies for him; but when our eyes are off all other objects, and on Christ, then, and then only, we can have peace.
“Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest where she may lay her young.” How beautifully this … shews us the tender care God has over all His creatures! He fails not to find a house for the most worthless of birds, and a nest for the most restless. What confidence this should give us! How we should rest! What repose the soul gets that casts itself upon the watchful tender care of Him who provides so fully for the need of all His creatures.
David exhibits that never failing token of a heart that knows the Lordconfidence in God above all, and at whatever cost. “Let me fall into the hand of Jehovah.” Sweet and precious thought of what the Lord is unto His people! and well He knows how to fill the heart with the certainty that He deserves its confidence. Even while chastening, God is more loving, more faithful, more worthy of confidence than any other.
The simple refuge of the saint is in God. “God is my defence.” It is not counterplotting, nor using human means to meet the power of the enemy. We may partially perhaps and for a time so succeed, but in using carnal weapons we have lost the dependence which calls God in, and the perfection of walk and testimony which waiting on Him gives.
There are moments when God makes us feel that we cannot rely on man but only on Him. Often we have comfort from men. “God, that comforteth those that are cast down, comforted us by the coming of Titus.” But we must not rely on man. Hence there are moments when we have to say “all men are liars,” and we are cast on the Lord.
Pilgrim Portions - Meditations for the Day of Rest -
Selected from the Writings, Hymns,
Letters, etc., of J. N. Darby
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