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Morning and Evening: 8/17

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Morning: “The mercy of God.” – Psalm 52:8

Is there anything more trustworthy than the mercy of God? We might find some other attibute of the Lord that is equally worthy of our trust, but certainly nothing apart from God on high. David felt like a green olive tree in the house of God, full of health and vigor.

What a joy that we can rely on God for His mercy, to sustain us, protect us. An outpouring of His love without end. Mercy – I don’t get what I deserve – my eternal separation and punishment. Mercy – God withholds from me things that I ask Him for, but He, knowing better, mercifully says “no”. Mercy new every morning whatever my circumstances. Mercy when my blog is late! I rejoice in what Spurgeon calls “abounding mercy”!

Evening: “This sickness is not unto death.” — John 11:4

Spurgeon expounds on the limits of earthly sickness, and the goodness of God in making and knowing its limits. But this passage requires a look at eternity as well – Jesus knew that He would soon be resurrecting Lazarus from his grave, pointing to His own resurrection.

This resurrection from death is our great hope!

This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which enters the [Presence] behind the veil, where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. – [Hebrews 6:19-20 NKJV]

David prophecied in Psalm 16:10 that the Messiah would not see corruption, and Jesus fulfilled this prophecy when the stone was rolled away.

And we are in Christ – His church, His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all. We have overcome in Christ, who subdues all things to Himself with His resurrection power (Ephesians 1, Philippians 3).

“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes shall not be hurt by the second death.” ‘ – [Revelation 2:11 NKJV]

Let us rejoice together!

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