Saturday, May 25, 2013

Ever Present Aid from Above

This devotional so spoke to me this morning that I thought I'd share it with all of you.
We usually run to God when things get tough, but we must run to Him just as earnestly when things are going well.  It is when things are going well that we can get very easily distracted and let down our guard.  It is an amazingly sad thing when you stop and look back, trying to figure out where you went wrong, and discover that it was when you let your joys and ease consume you and you failed to listen to the calling of that still small voice.  I so appreciated the prayer written out here.  A very good exhortation to always be seeking aid from our Heavenly Father.
Hope this is a blessing and thought provoking encouragement to you.
May you each have a very blessed weekend! :-)

“Forsake me not, O Lord.”  -Psalm 38:21
Frequently we pray that God would not forsake us in the hour of trial and temptation, but we too much forget that we have need to use this prayer at all times. There is no moment of our life, however holy, in which we can do without his constant upholding. Whether in light or in darkness, in communion or in temptation, we alike need the prayer, "Forsake me not, O Lord." "Hold thou me up, and I shall be safe." A little child, while learning to walk, always needs the nurse’s aid. The ship left by the pilot drifts at once from her course. We cannot do without continued aid from above; let it then be your prayer to-day,
"Forsake me not. Father, forsake not thy child, lest he fall by the hand of the enemy. Shepherd, forsake not thy lamb, lest he wander from the safety of the fold. Great Husbandman, forsake not thy plant, lest it wither and die. 'Forsake me not, O Lord,' now; and forsake me not at any moment of my life. Forsake me not in my joys, lest they absorb my heart. Forsake me not in my sorrows, lest I murmur against thee. Forsake me not in the day of my repentance, lest I lose the hope of pardon, and fall into despair; and forsake me not in the day of my strongest faith, lest faith degenerate into presumption. Forsake me not, for without thee I am weak, but with thee I am strong. Forsake me not, for my path is dangerous, and full of snares, and I cannot do without thy guidance. The hen forsakes not her brood, do thou then evermore cover me with thy feathers, and permit me under thy wings to find my refuge. 'Be not far from me, O Lord, for trouble is near, for there is none to help.' 'Leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation!'"
“O ever in our cleansed breast,
Bid thine Eternal Spirit rest;
And make our secret soul to be
A temple pure and worthy thee.”
 -Charles Spurgeon's Morning Meditation, May 25th

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