Charles Spurgeon: The Beauty of Holiness

September 11

“Soar back through all your own experiences. Think of how the Lord has led you in the wilderness and has fed and clothed you every day. How God has borne with your ill manners, put up with your murmurings and all your longings… Think of how the Lord’s Grace has been sufficient for you in all troubles.”   Charles Spurgeon

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You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.                  Psalm 40:5

This is such an amazing scripture, all the way through. So rich in content and practical in context that I’m not so sure if there has every been a day in my life when Psalm 40 could not have been relative to my life. Today, though so much jumped out at me, the line that really grabs me was v.5. How true, that there are too many wonderful things God has done for me to even tell, but I can still tell of what I can!

I am alive and that’s a pretty decent place to start! Even as I wait for my son to get out of school or know I will see my daughter when she gets home, as well, what good deeds God has performed just in their lives! Yes, each child has particular mountains to climb and obstacles to overcome but to think of how each child of mine blesses me so richly! I feel loved as a father. I am over blessed as a husband. I am enriched as a pastor to the people I am called to serve. So often I feel more blessed then I actually bless.

Can I count the ways God has blessed me in my life? I can’t even count the ways He has blessed me today! God thinks on me constantly… the least I could do is speak of even some of the many amazing things He has done for me while thinking about Him consistently.

Peace, Sean Gutteridge

Today’s Scriptures:

PSALM 40:1-17

1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure.

3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD.

4 Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie!

5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told.

6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt offering and sin offering you have not required.

7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come; in the scroll of the book it is written of me:

8 I delight to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart.”

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD.

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me!

12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O LORD, to deliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me!

14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!

15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!”

17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Proverbs 8:12-18

12 “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion.

13 The fear of the LORD is hatred of evil. Pride and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.

14 I have counsel and sound wisdom; I have insight; I have strength.

15 By me kings reign, and rulers decree what is just;

16 by me princes rule, and nobles, all who govern justly.

17 I love those who love me, and those who seek me diligently find me.

18 Riches and honor are with me, enduring wealth and righteousness.

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