“THOU REMAINEST”

“You, Lord, in the beginning laid the foundation of the earth, and the
heavens are the works of your hands; They will perish, but you remain;
And they all will become old like a garment.” Hebrews 1:10-11

“Let your conversation [conduct] be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never
leave thee, nor forsake thee.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what
man shall do unto me.
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever.” Hebrews 13:5, 6, 8

“O Lord and Saviour, we recline
On that eternal love of Thine,
Thou art our rest, and Thou alone
Remainest when all else is gone.”

“Earthly friends may fail or leave us,
One day soothe, the next day grieve us,
But this friend will ne’er deceive us,
O, how He loves!”

“We look out upon a world that is perishing, where all things are waxing old.
Over all we see the dark shadow of death, and that sooner or later death breaks
up the happiest home on earth. We see how true it is that “the world passeth
away.” Then with tear-dimmed eyes we turn our gaze from this passing world,
we look up through the opened heavens, and, at once we see “the glory of God,
and JESUS,” and faith delights to say to the Lord, “THOU REMAINEST.”

“Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day and forever.”

“His circumstances indeed have vastly changed. Yesterday He was the poor and
needy Man, the homeless Man, the Stranger with not where to lay His head. Today
He has resumed royalty and majesty in heavenly glory. He has laid aside forever the
garments of humiliation; He has put on the majestic robes of glory in suitability
to that place of glory. But though He has changed His circumstance, He has not
changed His heart. The love that could weep with Martha and Mary has not
changed one whit. The heart that had compassion on the widow of Nain still
beats in sympathy with sorrowing saints. The tender love that sustained the
broken-hearted Jairus can still say with infinite compassion to a broken-hearted
saint, “Be not afraid, only believe.”

[“Thou Remainest”, Hamilton Smith]

A SOLITARY WAY……Author Unknown

“They Wandered in the Wilderness in
a Solitary Way…” Psalms 107:4

There is a mystery in human hearts;
And though we be encircled by a host
Of those who love us well, and are beloved,
To every one of us, from time to time,
There comes a sense of utter loneliness:
Our dearest friend is stranger to our joy,
And cannot realize our bitterness.
There is not one who really understands,
Not one to enter into all I feel:
Such is the cry of each of us in turn;
We wander in a solitary way.
No matter what or where our lot may be;
Each heart, mysterious even to itself,
Must live its inner life in solitude.

And would you know the reason why this is?
It is because the Lord desires our love:
In every heart He wishes to be first.
He therefore keeps the secret key Himself,
To open all its chambers and to bless
With perfect sympathy and holy peace,
Each solitary soul that comes to Him.
So when we feel this loneliness, it is
The voice of Jesus saying, “Come to me”;
And every time we are not understood,
It is a call to us to come again;
For Christ alone can satisfy the soul,
And those who walk with Him from day to day,
Can never have a solitary way.

And when beneath some heavy cross you faint,
And say, I cannot bear this load alone,
You say the truth. Christ made it purposely
So heavy that you must return to Him.
The bitter grief, which no one understands,
Conveys a secret message from the King,
Entreating you to come to Him again.
The Man of Sorrows understands it well;
In all points tempted, He can feel with you.
You cannot come too often, or too near –
The Son of God is infinite in grace,
His presence satisfies the longing soul,
And those who walk with Him from day to day,
Can never have a solitary way.

THIS THING IS FR0M ME……Laura A. Barter Snow

 “This Thing is From Me” – Streams in the Desert

“This thing is from me” (1 Kings 12:24).

“Life’s disappointments are veiled love’s appointments.” –Rev. C. A. Fox

My child, I have a message for you today; let me whisper it in your ear, that it may gild with glory any storm clouds which may arise, and smooth the rough places upon which you may have to tread. It is short, only five words, but let them sink into your inmost soul; use them as a pillow upon which to rest your weary head. This thing is from Me.

Have you ever thought of it, that all that concerns you concerns Me too? For, “he that toucheth you, toucheth the apple of mine eye” (Zech. 2:8). You are very precious in My sight. (Isa. 43:4) Therefore, it is My special delight to educate you.

I would have you learn when temptations assail you, and the “enemy comes in like a flood,” that this thing is from Me, that your weakness needs My might, and your safety lies in letting Me fight for you.

Are you in difficult circumstances, surrounded by people who do not understand you, who never consult your taste, who put you in the background? This thing is from Me. I am the God of circumstances. Thou camest not to thy place by accident, it is the very place God meant for thee.

Have you not asked to be made humble? See then, I have placed you in the very school where this lesson is taught; your surroundings and companions are only working out My will.

Are you in money difficulties? Is it hard to make both ends meet? This thing is from Me, for I am your purse-bearer and would have you draw from and depend upon Me. My supplies are limitless (Phil.4:19). I would have you prove my promises. Let it not be said of you, “In this thing ye did not believe the Lord your God” (Deut. 1:32).

Are you passing through a night of sorrow? This thing is from Me. I am the Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. I have let earthly comforters fail you, that by turning to Me you may obtain everlasting consolation (2 Thess. 2:16, 17). Have you longed to do some great work for Me and instead have been laid aside on a bed of pain and weakness? This thing is from Me. I could not get your attention in your busy days and I want to teach you some of my deepest lessons. “They also serve who only stand and wait.” Some of My greatest workers are those shut out from active service, that they may learn to wield the weapon of all–prayer.

This day I place in your hand this pot of holy oil. Make use of it free, my child. Let every circumstance that arises, every word that pains you, every interruption that would make you impatient, every revelation of your weakness be anointed with it. The sting will go as you learn to see Me in all things.

THE SINGLE EYE – PSALM 27……Hamilton Smith

The Twenty-seventh Psalm very blessedly presents the experiences of a believer who, amidst all his trials, looks to the Lord with entire singleness of eye and desire (verse 4).
It opens by giving the experience that finds in the Lord an unfailing resource in the presence of every form of opposition (1-3). We then learn the secret desire of the Psalmist’s heart after the Lord (4), and his confidence in the Lord (5, 6). We listen to his prayer to the Lord (7-12); and finally learn how he waits to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living (13, 14).

THE LORD THE RESOURCE OF THE GODLY

(Verses 1-3). In all his difficulties and trials, the godly soul finds in the Lord his unfailing resource. The Lord is his “light”, his “salvation”, and his “strength”.
Amidst the prevailing darkness the Lord not only gives light but He is light. The Christian can say that the Lord has trodden the path and met the contradiction of sinners and is the perfect example of the spirit in which opposition is to be met. Moreover, the Lord can deliver, and in the end will deliver from every enemy. In the meantime the Lord is our strength to support us through all the trials of life.
With the Lord as his resource, the believer can say, “Of whom shall I be afraid?” We may be opposed by individual enemies, or by a host of enemies, or by “war” — prolonged opposition at every step of the journey. But the heart need not fear nor the soul lose confidence seeing we have the Lord as our light, our salvation, and our strength.

DESIRE AFTER THE LORD

(Verse 4). Behind this confidence in the Lord, there is the earnest desire after the Lord. Above all else the Psalmist desires to live in the constant sense of the presence of the Lord — to dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of his life; to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to learn of Him. In New Testament days we learn that the one thing that the Psalmist desired, is the one thing that Mary chose — to sit at the feet of the Lord and hear His Word.

CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD

(Verses 5, 6). Connected with desires after the Lord there is of necessity confidence in the Lord. If the Lord is my salvation He will hide me from all my enemies. If He is my strength, He will “keep me” in safety (N.T.) firmly established upon a rock; and, in due time, will lift up my head above all my enemies for His own glory and praise.

THE PRAYER TO THE LORD

(Verses 7-12). In the prayer we see the exercise of this godly man in the presence of the Lord. In the presence of the enemy he realizes the strength of the Lord; in the presence of the Lord he is conscious of his own weakness and sin, for which he fears the anger of the Lord. Nevertheless he learns the evil of his own heart in the presence of the grace that can meet it all, for has not the Lord said to him, “Seek ye my face.” Even so in the day of our Lord, Peter discovers that he is a sinful man in the presence of the One whose heart is full of grace for a man that is full of sin (Luke 5:8).
Secondly, encouraged to seek the face of the Lord, he prays that the Lord will not hide His face — that he may be kept in the sense of the Lord’s favor shining upon him. It is one thing for the Christian to know that he is accepted in the Beloved and stands in the favor of God; it is another thing to walk in the conscious sense of this favor.
Thirdly, realizing that the Lord has been his help in times past, he desires that the Lord will not leave nor forsake him in the days to come, even though he may be forsaken by the nearest on earth. Seeing that the Lord has said, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee,” the Christian can “boldly say, The Lord is my helper and I will not fear what man shall do unto me” (Hebrews 13:5, 6).
Fourthly, he desires to be taught the way of the Lord. It is not simply a way that he desires, but, realizing that the Lord has His way for His people, through this world, he prays, “Teach me thy way, O Lord.”
Fifthly, he realizes that there are many enemies that would seek to turn him out of the Lord’s way, therefore he desires, not only to be taught the way but, to be led in the way. He says, “Lead me in an even path, because of mine enemies” (N.T.). We need light to see the path, faith to take it, and grace to keep us in it.
Sixthly, realizing his own weakness in the presence of his enemies he prays that the Lord would deliver him from the will of enemies, who without conscience witness against him falsely, and without heart breathe out cruelty.

WAITING FOR THE LORD

(Verses 13, 14). Left to himself this godly man would have fainted. What sustained him? Faith in the goodness of the Lord that would bring him into the land of the living. The Christian can say the grace that brings salvation to me on earth will bring me to the glory in heaven. All around we see the evil of man in a world of sin and death, but faith walks in the confidence that very soon we shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
For this we must with quiet patience wait the Lord’s own time.
Therefore, the word is, “Wait on the Lord.” All that we have to face on the way can be met with “good courage,” for the Lord will support us if walking in His way. He will strengthen the heart. So, whether it be for grace in the way, or the final mercy that delivers us from a world of death and brings us into the goodness of the land of the living, let us “Wait on the Lord,” with the single eye that leads us to say, “One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in his temple.”

THE DAY OF HIS SYMPATHY……C.H. Mackintosh

“The three Nazarites, Shadrach, Mechach, and Abednego, walked with God
in the king’s palace; and God walked with them in the king’s furnace.
And is it not worth passing through a fiery furnace to enjoy a little more of the presence
of the Lord Jesus, and the sympathy of His loving heart? Is not a furnace where He is
better than a palace where He is not? Nature says, “No!” Faith says, “Yes!”

It is well to bear in mind that this is not the day of the Lord Jesus’ power; but it is
the day of His sympathy . When passing through the deep waters of affliction, the
heart may, at times, feel disposed to ask, “Why does not the Lord display His power,
and deliver me?” The answer is, This is not the day of His power. He could avert
that illness–He could remove that difficulty–He could prevent that catastrophe–
He could preserve that beloved and fondly cherished object from the cold grasp
of death.

But, instead of putting forth His power to deliver, He more often allows things to run
their course, and pours His own sympathy into the oppressed and riven heart, in
such a way as to elicit the acknowledgement that we would not, for worlds, have
missed the trial, because of the abundance of the consolation (2Cor.1:4-6).
Such is the manner of the Lord Jesus just now. By and by He will display His
mighty power; He will come forth as the Rider on the white horse; He will unsheath
His sword; He will make bare His all-powerful arm; He will avenge His people ( Israel )
and right their wrongs forever.

But now His sword is sheathed, His arm covered. This is the time for making
known the deep love of His heart, not the power of His arm, nor the sharpness
of His sword. Are you satisfied to have it so? Is the Lord Jesus’ sympathy enough
for your heart, even amid the keenest sorrow and the most intense affliction?

The restless heart, the impatient spirit, the unsubdued will, would lead one to long
for escape from the trial, the difficulty, or the pressure; but this would never do. It
would involve incalculable loss. We must pass from form to form in the school;
but the Master accompanies us, and the light of His countenance, and the tender
sympathy of His heart, sustain us under the most severe exercises.

What remains? Just this: live unto the Lord Jesus Christ! Seek to be faithful
to the One who is your very Christian life. Be not discouraged by the fragmentary
state of everything around you. Let the example of Daniel and his honored companions
encourage your heart to seek after an elevated course here below. It is your
privilege to enjoy as much if not more, of companionship with the Lord Jesus, as
if you were cast amid the best days of apostolic testimony.”