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Morning:“The Lord looketh from heaven; He beholdeth all the sons of men.” – Psalm 33:13
Before I start reading Spurgeon’s devotional for the day, I like to start with the scripture, and imagine what Spurgeon might say, and then be amazed as he gleans things from it that I never saw. Today was no different. When I meditated on
He beholdeth all the sons of men.
I was think of God’s sovereignty over us – His friends (believers) and foes alike. A few month’s back my wife and I were reading in Judges about Gideon and his fleeces, and his meekness as a leader. We were struck as we read Judges 7:13, that the Lord could encourage Gideon even by putting dreams into the mind of his enemies. Where is it that the Lord cannot reach?
If I ascend up into the heavens thou art there; or if I make my bed in Sheol, behold, thou art there [Psalm 139:8 NKJV]
We cannot hide from the hand of Almighty God!
Well, that was my take, but Spurgeon’s thoughts are sweeter – we cannot hide even from the grace of God!
Though leagues of distance lie between the finite creature and the infinite Creator, yet there are links uniting both. When a tear is wept by thee, think not that God doth not behold; for, “Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear Him.” Thy sigh is able to move the heart of Jehovah; thy whisper can incline His ear unto thee; thy prayer can stay His hand; thy faith can move His arm.
Even when we are in disobedience to the Lord – He pursues us lovingly, full of love and grace. I remember being deeply impressed with God’s grace when reading Hosea Chapter 2, talking about His wayward people:
She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, And went after her lovers; But Me she forgot,” says the LORD. [Hosea 2:13 NKJV]
And what comes next from God? Vengeance? Wrath?
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, Will bring her into the wilderness, And speak comfort to her. [Hosea 2:14 NKJV]
No! God pursues them, wooing them back to Him. He draws His disobedient sons and daughters back to His loving arms. That is our God of grace and mercy, and we love and worship Him!