The singular blending of testimony, prayer, and praise in Psalm 119 is admirable. In one verse, the psalmist bears witness; in a second verse, he praises; in a third verse, he prays. It is an incense made up of many spices, but they are wonderfully mixed and worked together to form one perfect sweetness. The blending greatly increases the value of the whole. You would not like to have the first third of the psalm composed of prayer, then second third made up exclusively of praise, and the third portion entirely made of testimony. It is best to have all these divinely sweet ingredients intermixed and worked together into a sacred unity, as you have them in this thrice-hallowed psalm. Its prayers bear witness, and its testimonies are fragrant with praise.
This wonderful psalm, from its great length, helps us to marvel at the immensity of Scripture. As it keeps to the same subject, it helps us adore the unity of Scripture. Yet, from the many turns it brings to that one subject, it helps us see the variety of Scripture. How manifold are the words and thoughts of God! In His Word, just as in creation, the wonders of His skill are displayed in many ways.
Charles Haddon (C. H.) Spurgeon (1834-1892) was a British Baptist preacher. He started preaching at age 17 and quickly became famous. He is still known as the “Prince of Preachers” and frequently had more than 10,000 people present to hear him preach at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. His sermons were printed in newspapers, translated into many languages, and published in many books.
Expect to be challenged and inspired as you read this classic from Charles H. Spurgeon. Learn how to enlarge your heart for all types of children, learn what lessons are best, and learn what results to expect. May this helpful little book be the catalyst for many new or improved shepherds of the Lord's lambs.
"Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatever is right I will give you."
And they went. – Matthew 20:4
The first objective of this book is to remind all Christian workers of the greatness and the glory of the work in which God gives a share. As we see that it is God’s own work that we have to work out, and that in our working, His glory rests on us and we glorify Him, then we shall count it our joy to live only and wholly for His work.
The purpose of this book at the same time is to help those who complain, or perhaps do not even know enough to complain, that they are apparently laboring in vain, by helping them discover what may be the cause of so much failure. God’s work must be done in God’s way and in God’s power. It is spiritual work to be done by spiritual men in the power of the Spirit. The clearer our submission to God’s laws of work, the surer and richer our joy and reward in it will be.
Follows Waiting on God, also by Andrew Murray
Whosoever will be chief among you, let him be your slave. – Matthew 20:27
You cannot have Christ if you will not serve Him. If you take Christ, you must take Him in all His qualities. You must not simply take Him as a Friend, but you must also take Him as your Master. If you are to become His disciple, you must also become His servant. God-forbid that anyone fights against that truth. It is certainly one of our greatest delights on earth to serve our Lord, and this is to be our joyful vocation even in heaven itself: His servants shall serve Him: and they shall see His face (Revelation 22:3-4).
Charles H. Spurgeon originally wrote this book for members of the Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor. Spurgeon's heartfelt writing style makes this book one that today still encourages believers to move into Christian action. He emphasizes simply moving forward, using the talents and resources you already have at your disposal, for the Lord's service and your own eternal reward. The concepts presented are easy to understand and straight-forward, if only you are ready to lay down your life to follow Christ.
Table of Contents
Ch. 1: The Necessity of Following Christ
Ch. 2: How to Go
Ch. 3: The Help of the Holy Spirit
Ch. 4: Only Christ
Ch. 5: Great Faith and Great Works
Ch. 6: Being Faithful with the Talents He Already Gave Us
Ch. 7: The Joy of the Lord's Harvest
Ch. 8: The Body Works Together
Ch. 9: Merely a Servant
Ch. 10: With God Nothing is Impossible
Ch. 11: We Must Bear Fruit
Ch. 12: Solely for His Glory
Ch. 13: Fire and A Hammer
Ch. 14: Beware of Foxes
Ch. 15: Good Things Take Time
Ch. 16: The Urgency of Today
Ch. 17: Open Your Mouth
Ch. 18: God's Limitless Providence
Ch. 19: Our Meager Loaves in Christ’s Hands
Original Title: We Endeavor