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Seek His Face in Your Race of Grace

Post  Fenny West on Mon 09 Feb 2009, 5:26 pm

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C.H Spurgeon


"And David enquired of the Lord."-2 Samuel 5:23 When David made this enquiry he had just fought the Philistines, and gained a signal victory. The Philistines came up in great hosts, but, by the help of God, David had easily put them to flight. Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring of the Lord. Once he had been victorious, and he might have said, as many have in other cases, "I shall be victorious again; I may rest quite sure that if I have conquered once I shall triumph yet again. Wherefore should I tarry to seek at the Lord's hands?" Not so, David. He had gained one battle by the strength of the Lord; he would not venture upon another until he had ensured the same. He enquired, "Shall I go up against them?" He waited until God's sign was given. Learn from David to take no step without God. Christian, if thou wouldst know the path of duty, take God for thy compass; if thou wouldst steer thy ship through the dark billows, put the tiller into the hand of the Al!mighty. Many a rock might be escaped, if we would let our Father take the helm; many a shoal or quicksand we might well avoid, if we would leave to His sovereign will to choose and to command. The Puritan said, "As sure as ever a Christian carves for himself, he'll cut his own fingers;" this is a great truth. Said another old divine, "He that goes before the cloud of God's providence goes on a fool's errand;" and so he does. We must mark God's providence leading us; and if providence tarries, tarry till providence comes. He who goes before providence, will be very glad to run back again. "I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go," is God's promise to His people. Let us, then, take all our perplexities to Him, and say, "Lord, what wilt thou have me to do?" Leave not thy chamber this morning without enquiring of the Lord.

C. H Spurgeon


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Re: Seek His Face in Your Race of Grace

Post  palmtree on Mon 09 Feb 2009, 6:40 pm

Note, however, that when they came a second time, David did not go up to fight them without enquiring of the Lord. Once he had been victorious, and he might have said, as many have in other cases, "I shall be victorious again; I may rest quite sure that if I have conquered once I shall triumph yet again.

Brother Fenny, you are really a blessing. I love Spurgeon's work and the way he talks of spritual things that we cannot see. This is beautiful description of David's boldness and confidence in God.

When we read Exodus, Israelites lacked this confidence, they kept on forgetting whom they were following. It was the very same God who parted the Red Sea for them, who became a cloud over them and guided them, who provided them with food in the wilderness, yet they would forget everytime faced with a problem.

We are no better than Israelites as we also forget the past when God had helped us with miracles. We only remember the present and would cry out, "Why have you forsaken me, why do you hide your face from me, will you forget me forever".

Blessings in Jesus.

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