Posted by: the watchmen | December 29, 2007

CH Spurgeon_______December 29

December 29-Morning {Daily Reading: #Re 17:1-18:24} {Quick Study: #Re 15:1-16:21}

“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” {#1Sa 7:12}

The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in the

direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet,

“hitherto the Lord hath helped!” Through poverty, through

wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on

the land, on the sea, in honour, in dishonour, in perplexity, in

joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, “hitherto

hath the Lord helped us!” We delight to look down a long avenue

of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long

vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and

its arches of leaves; even so look down the long aisles of your

years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong

pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your

joys. Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely

there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received

“hitherto.”

But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up

to a certain mark and writes “hitherto,” he is not yet at the

end, there is still a distance to be traversed. More trials,

more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more

answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories;

and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now?

No! there is more yet awakening in Jesus’ likeness, thrones,

harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the

society of saints, the glory of God, the fulness of eternity,

the infinity of bliss. O be of good courage, believer, and with

grateful confidence raise thy “Ebenezer,” for—

He who hath helped thee hitherto

Will help thee all thy journey through.

When read in heaven’s light how glorious and marvellous a

prospect will thy “hitherto” unfold to thy grateful eye!

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