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Book Two: Praying Successfully Chapter 3
"Call upon me in the day of trouble:
l will deliver thee, and thou shalt gloyify me."
One book charmed me when I was a boy. Robinson Crusoe was a wealth of wonders to me. I could have read it twenty times and never grown tired of it. I am not ashamed to confess that I can read it even now with ever fresh delight.
Robinson and his trusted aide Friday, though mere inventions of fiction, are wonderfully real to me, and to many who have read their story. But why am I going on and on about a work of fiction? Is this subject altogether out of place? I hope not. A passage in that book comes vividly to my mind as I contemplate our text, and in it I find more than an excuse to write on this subject.
Robinson Crusoe had been shipwrecked. All alone on a desert island, he was in a very miserable condition. He went to bed and was afflicted with a fever. This fever lasted a long time, and he had no one to help him?no one even to bring him a drink of cold water. He was ready to die.
He was accustomed to sin and had all the vices of an evil sailor, but his hard case caused him to think. Opening a Bible that he had found in his sea chest, he stumbled upon this passage: "Call upon me in the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." That night he prayed for the first time in his life, and ever after that, he had a hope in God.
Daniel Defoe, the author of the book, was a Presbyterian minister. Though not overly spiritual, he knew enough of faith to be able to describe very vividly the experience of a person who is in despair but finds peace by casting himself upon God. As a novelist, he had a keen eye for the probable, and he could think of no passage more likely to impress a poor broken spirit than this. Instinctively, he perceived the wealth of comfort that lies within the words of Psalm 50:15.
Now I know I have your attention, and that is one reason that I began the chapter this way. But I have a further purpose. Although Robinson Crusoe was not a real person, nor was Friday, there may be some reader very much like him, a person who has suffered shipwreck in life and has now become a drifting, solitary creature. He remembers better days, but by his sins, he has become a castaway for whom no one seeks. He is reading this book, washed up on shore without a friend, suffering in body and crushed in spirit. In a city full of people, he does not have a friend. There is no one who would wish to admit that he has ever known him. He has come to the bare bones of existence now. Nothing lies before him but poverty, misery, and death.
The Lord says to you, my friend, "Call upon me an the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me." I have the feeling that I am writing directly, God helping me, to some poor burdened spirit. Of what use is comfort to those who are not in distress? The words of this chapter will be of no help and may have little interest to those who have no distress of heart. But however poorly I may write, those hearts that need the cheering assurance of a gracious God will dance for joy. Sad hearts will be enabled to receive assurance as it shines forth in this golden text: "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. "
It is a text that I want to write in stars across the sky or proclaim with the blowing of a trumpet from the top of every tower. It should be known and read by all mankind.
Four important concepts suggest themselves to me. May the Holy Spirit bless what I am able to write about them!
BEING REAL BEFORE GOD
My first observation is not so much in my text alone as it is in the context. The observation is this: God prefers realism to ritualism. If you will carefully read the entire psalm, you will see that the Lord is speaking of the rituals and ceremonies of Israel. He is showing that He cares little about formalities of worship when the heart is absent from them. Here are several key verses that illustrate this:
I will not reprove thee for thy sacrifices or thy burnt offerings, to have been continually before me. 1 will take no bullock out of thy house, nor he goats out of thy folds. For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. 1 know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell thee: for the world is mine, and the fulness thereof. Will 1 eat the flesh of bulls, or drink the blood of goats? Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High: and call upon me in the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me. (Ps. 50:8-15)
Thus, praise and prayer are accepted in preference to every form of offering that the Jew could possibly present before the Lord. Why is this?
Real Prayer Has Meaning
First of all, real prayer is far better than mere ritual because there is meaning in it. When grace is absent, there is no meaning in ritual. It is as senseless as a fool's game.
Did you ever stand in a Roman Catholic cathedral and watch the daily
service, especially if it happened to be on a holiday? There are those
who carry candlesticks, those who carry crosses, those who carry cushions
and books, those who ring bells, those who sprinkle water, those who bob
their heads, and those who bow their knees. The whole scene is very strange
to look at?very amazing, very childish. One wonders, when he sees it, what
it is all about, and what kind of people are really made better by it.
One wonders also what idea Roman Catholics must have of God if they imagine
that He is pleased with such performances. What must His glorious mind
think of it all?
The glorious God cares nothing for pomp and show. But when you call upon Him in the day of trouble and ask Him to deliver you, there is meaning in your groan of anguish. This is no empty formality. There is heart in it, is there not? There is meaning in the sorrowful appeal. Therefore, God prefers the prayer of a broken heart to the finest service that was ever performed by priests and choirs.
Real Prayer Has Spiritual Life
Why does God prefer realism to ritualism? It is for this reason also: There is something spiritual in the cry of a troubled heart. "God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth" (John 4:24). Suppose I were to repeat the finest creed that had ever been composed by learned and orthodox men. Yet if I had no faith in it, and you had none, what would be the use of repeating the words? There is nothing spiritual in mere orthodox statements if we have no real belief in them. We might as well repeat the alphabet and call it devotion. If I were to burst forth in the grandest hallelujah that was ever uttered by mortal lips, but I did not mean it, there would be nothing spiritual in it, and it would mean nothing to God.
However, when a poor soul gets away into his bedroom and bows his knee
and cries, "God be merciful to me! God save me! God help me in this day
of trouble!" there is spiritual life in such a cry. Therefore, God approves
it and answers it. Spiritual worship is what He wants, and He will have
it or have nothing. John 4:24 uses the word must: "They that worship him
must worship him in spirit and in truth. " He has abolished the ceremonial
law, destroyed the one altar at Jerusalem, burned the temple, abolished
the Aaronic priesthood, and ended forever all ritualistic performance.
He seeks only true worshipers, who worship Him in spirit and in truth.
Real Prayer Recognizes God
Furthermore, the Lord loves the cry of the broken heart because it distinctly recognizes Him as the living God, truly sought after in prayer. From much of outward devotion God is absent. But how we mock God when we do not discern Him as present and do not come near to the Lord Himself! When the heart or the mind or the soul breaks through itself to get to its God, then God is glorified. However, He is not glorified when we merely perform ritualistic exercises and forget about Him.
Oh, how real God is to a person who is perishing and feels that only
God can save him! That person truly believes that God exists, or else he
would not make so passionate a prayer to Him. When he said his prayers
before, he cared little whether God heard them or not. But now he genuinely
prays, and God's hearing is his chief concern.
Real Prayer Has Sincerity
In addition, dear friends, God takes great delight in our crying to Him in the day of trouble because there is sincerity in it. I am afraid that in the hour of our mirth and in the day of our prosperity, many of our prayers and our thanksgivings are hypocrisy. Too many of us are like spinning tops?we do not move into action unless we are whipped. Certainly we pray with deep intensity when we get into deep trouble.
Take, for instance, a man who is very poor. He has lost his job. He has worn out his shoes in trying to find work. He does not know where the next meal is coming from for his children. If he prays in this situation, it is likely to be a very sincere prayer. He would be in real earnest because of real trouble.
I have sometimes wished that very comfortable Christians, those who seem to treat religion as if it were a bed of roses, could have just a little time of "roughing it" and really come into actual difficulties. A life of ease breeds hosts of falsehoods and pretenses, which would soon vanish in the presence of matter?of?fact trials and tribulations.
Many a man has been converted to God by hunger, weariness, and loneliness, who, when he was a wealthy man, surrounded by frivolous flatterers, never thought of God at all. Many a man on board a ship out on the ocean has learned to pray in the cold chill of an iceberg, or in the horrors of a tidal wave out of which the ship could not rise. When the mast has gone by the board and every timber has been strained and the ship has seemed doomed, then hearts have begun to pray in sincerity.
God loves sincerity. When we mean it; when the soul melts in prayer;
when we say, "I must have it or be lost"; when it is no sham, no vain performance,
but a real heartbreaking, agonizing cry; then God accepts it. That is why
He says, "Call upon me in the day of trouble." Such a cry is the kind of
worship that He cares for, because there is sincerity in it, and this is
acceptable with the God of truth.
Real Prayer Has Humility
Furthermore, in the cry of the troubled one, there is humility. We may go through a highly brilliant performance of religion, following the rites of some showy church?or we may go through our own rites, which may be as simple as they can be?and we may all the while be saying to ourselves, "This is very nicely done." The preacher may be thinking, "Am I not preaching well?" The believer at the prayer meeting may think within himself, "How delightfully fluent I am!" Whenever there is that attitude in us, God cannot accept our worship. Worship is not acceptable if it is devoid of humility.
On the other hand, when a person goes to God in the day of trouble and
says, "Lord, help me! I cannot help myself, but do intervene for me," there
is humility in that confession and cry. Therefore, the Lord takes delight
in that prayer.
Real Prayer Has Faith
The Lord loves such pleadings because there is a measure of faith in them. When the person in trouble cries, "Lord, deliver me!" he is looking away from himself. You see, he is driven out of himself because of the despair in his life. He cannot find hope or help on earth; therefore, he looks toward heaven.
God loves to discover even a shadow of faith in an unbelieving person. God can spy out even a small trace of faith, and He can and will accept prayer for the sake of that little faith.
Oh, dear heart, what is your situation? What is the condition of your heart? Are you torn with anguish? Are you sorely distressed? Are you lonely? Are you pushed aside? Then cry to God. No one else can help you. He is your only hope. Wonderful hope! Cry to Him, for He can help you. I tell you, in that cry of yours will be the pure and true worship that God desires. He desires a sincere cry far more than the slaughter of ten thousand rams or the pouring out of rivers of oil (Mic. 6:7). We undoubtedly find in Scripture that the groan of a burdened spirit is among the sweetest sounds that are ever heard by the ear of the Most High. Woeful cries are anthems with Him, to whom all mere arrangements of sound must be like child's play.
See then, poor, weeping, and distracted ones, that it is not ritualism,
it is not the performance of pompous ceremonies, it is not bowing and struggling,
it is not using sacred words, but it is crying to God in the hour of trouble
that is the most acceptable sacrifice your spirit can bring before the
throne of God.
HOW TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF ADVERSITY
I now come to my second observation. In our text, "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee," we have adversity turned into advantage. What a wonderful truth! May God impress it on us all!
I write this with all reverence: God Himself cannot deliver a person who is not in trouble. Therefore, it is to some advantage to be in distress, because God can then deliver you. Even Jesus Christ, the Healer of men, cannot heal a person who is not sick. Therefore, sickness is not an adversity for us, but rather an advantageous opportunity for Christ to heal us.
The point is, my reader, your adversity may prove your advantage by offering occasion for the display of divine grace. It is wise to learn the art of making lemonade out of lemons, and the text teaches us how to do that. It shows how trouble can become gain. When you are in adversity, then call upon God, and you will experience a deliverance that will be a richer and sweeter experience for your soul than if you had never known trouble. It is an art and a science to make gains out of losses and advantages out of adversities.
Now, let me suppose that there is someone among my readers who is in trouble?perhaps another deserted Robinson Crusoe. I am not idly supposing that there is a tried individual among my readership; I know there is.
Well now, when you pray?and, oh, I wish you would pray now?do you not see what a basis for prayer you have? First, you have a basis in the very time you are in: "the day of trouble." You can plead, "Lord, this is a day of trouble! I am in great affliction, and my case is urgent!" Then state what your trouble is?a sick wife, a dying child, a bankrupt business, your failing health, or poverty staring you in the face. Say unto the Lord of mercy, "My Lord, if ever a person was in a day of trouble, I am. Therefore, I take the liberty and license to pray to You now because You have said, `Call upon me in the day of trouble.' This is the hour that You, Lord, have appointed for appealing to You: this dark, stormy day. If ever there was a person who had a right to pray according to Your own Word, I do, for I am in trouble. Therefore, I will make use of the very time I am in as a plea with You. Do, I entreat You, hear Your servant's cry in this midnight hour."
Furthermore, turn your adversity into advantage by pleading God's command. You can go to the Lord now, at this precise instant, and say, "Lord, do hear me, for You have commanded me to pray! I, though I am evil, would not tell someone to ask me for something if I intended to deny him. I would not urge him to ask for help if I meant to refuse it."
Do you not know, friends, that we often impute to the Lord conduct that we would be ashamed of in ourselves? This must not be. Suppose you said to a poor person, "You are in very sad circumstances. Write to me tomorrow, and I will help you." If he did write to you, you would not treat his letter with contempt. You would be bound to consider his case. When you told him to write, you meant that you would help him if you could. And when God tells you to call upon Him, He does not mock you. He means that He will deal kindly with you.
I do not know who you are, but you may call upon the Lord, for He bids you to call. If you do call upon Him, you can put this argument into your prayer:
Lord, Thou halt bid me seek Thy face,
And shall I seek in vain?
And shall the ear of sovereign grace
Be deaf when I complain?
So plead the time, plead the trouble, and plead the command. Then, plead God's own character. Speak with Him reverently, but believingly, in this fashion: "Lord, it is You Yourself to whom I appeal. You have said, `Call upon me.' If my neighbor would tell me to do so, I might fear that perhaps he would change his mind and not hear me. But You are too great and too good to change. Lord, by Your truth and by Your faithfulness, by Your immutability and by Your love, I, a poor sinner, heartbroken and crushed, call upon You in the day of trouble! Oh, help me, and help me soon, or else I will die!"
Surely you who are in trouble have many, mighty pleas. You are on firm ground with the God of the covenant, and you may bravely seize the blessing. I do not feel as if the text is encouraging me half as much as it will encourage those of my readers who are in trouble. Although I thank God that I am full of joy and rest right now, I am half inclined to see if I can dig up a little bit of trouble for myself. Surely if I were in trouble, I would open my mouth and drink in this text. I would pray like David or Elijah or Daniel with the power of this promise: "Call upon me in the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me."
Oh, you troubled ones, leap up at the sound of this promise! Believe it. Let it go down into your souls. "The LORD looseth the prisoners" (Ps. 146:7). He has come to loose you.
I can see my Master arrayed in His silk garments. His countenance is as joyous as heaven, His face is as bright as a morning without clouds, and in His hand He holds a silver key. "Where are you going, my Master, with that silver key of Yours?" I ask. "I go," He says, "to open the door of the captive and to loosen everyone who is bound."
Blessed Master, fulfill Your errand, but do not pass by the prisoners of hope! We will not hinder You for a moment, but do not forget these mourners! Go to the heart of every reader, and set free the prisoners of despair. Make their hearts sing for joy by delivering them in the day of trouble after they have called upon You. Because of Your merciful deliverance, they will glorify You!
GOD PROMISES GRACE
My third topic, God's vow, is clearly found in our text, Psalm 50:15. Here we have free grace vowed to us.
Nothing in heaven or earth can be freer than grace. In our wonderful text, God's grace is promised by a vow or covenant. Listen to God's definite promise to deliver us: "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee."
If a person once says to you, "I will," you hold him to his promise. He has placed himself at the command of his own declaration. If he is a true man and has plainly said, "I will," you have him in your hand. He was free before giving the promise, but he is not free after giving it. He has put himself in a certain position, and he must act according to what he has promised. Is this not true?
With the deepest reverence, I say the same things about my Lord and Master. He has bound Himself in the text with cords that He will not break. He must now hear and help those who call upon Him "in the day of trouble." He has solemnly promised, and He will fully perform His vow.
Notice that our text is unconditional in that it applies to everyone. It contains the gist of another promise that we will discuss in the next chapter: "Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:13).
Remarkably, Psalm 50:15 was originally written to those who had mocked God. They had presented their sacrifices without a true heart. Yet the Lord said to each of them, "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee."
I gather from this that God excludes none from the promise. You atheist, you blasphemer, you immoral and impure one, if you call upon the Lord now, in the day of your trouble, He will deliver you! Come and try Him.
Do you say, "If there is a God"? I declare that there is a God. Come, put Him to the test and see. He says, "Call upon me in the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee." Will you not test Him now and find Him true? Come here, you enslaved ones, and see if He does not free you! Come to Christ, all of you who labor and are burdened down, and He will give you rest (Matt. 11:28)! In both temporal and spiritual things, but especially in spiritual things, call upon Him in the day of trouble, and He will deliver you.
Moreover, notice that this "1 will" includes all the power that may be required for deliverance. "Call upon me in the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee." "But how can this be?" someone cries. Ah, that I cannot tell you, and I do not feel bound to try to explain it to you. It rests with the Lord to find suitable ways and means to deliver you. God says, "I will." Let Him do it in His own way. If He says, "I will," you can be assured that He will keep His word. If it is necessary to shake heaven and earth, He will do it. He cannot lack power, and He certainly does not lack honesty. An honest man will keep his word at all costs (see Psalm 15:4), and so will our faithful God. Hear Him say, "I will deliver thee," and ask no more questions.
I do not suppose that Daniel knew how God would deliver him out of the den of lions. I do not suppose that Joseph knew how he would be delivered out of prison when his master's wife had slandered his character so shamefully. I do not suppose that these ancient believers even dreamed of the way of the Lord's deliverance. They just left themselves in God's hands. They rested on God, and He delivered them in the best possible manner. He will do the same for you. Simply call upon Him, and then "stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD" (Exod. 14:13).
Notice, the text does not say exactly when God will bring deliverance. "I will deliver thee" is plain enough, but whether it will be tomorrow or next week or next year is not so clear. You are in a great hurry, but the Lord is not. Your trial may not have yet worked all the good for you that it was sent to do, and therefore it must last longer. When the gold is cast into the refiner's fire, it might cry to the goldsmith, "Let me out." "No," he says, "you have not yet lost your dross. You must wait in the fire until I have purified you."
God may likewise subject us to many trials and troubles. Nevertheless, if He says, "I will deliver thee," you can be sure that He will keep His word. When you receive God's "I will," you may always cash it by faith. God's promise for the future is a bona fide offer for the present, if you simply have faith to use it. "Call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee" is tantamount to deliverance already received. It means, "If I do not deliver you now, I will deliver you at a time that is better than now. You would prefer to be delivered at this future time rather than now if you were as wise as I am."
Promptness is implied in God's promise of deliverance, for a late deliverance is not truly deliverance. "Ali," someone says, "I am in such trouble that if I do not get deliverance soon I will die of grief." Rest assured that you will not die of despair. You will be delivered before you die that way. God will deliver you at the best possible time.
The Lord is always punctual. You never were kept waiting by Him. You have kept Him waiting many times, but He is prompt to the instant. He never keeps His servants waiting one single tick of the clock beyond His own appointed, fitting, wise, and proper moment. "I will deliver thee" implies that His delays will not be too long, lest the spirit of man should fail because of hope deferred. The Lord rides on the wings of the wind when He comes to the rescue of those who seek Him. Therefore, be courageous!
Oh, this is a blessed text! But, unfortunately, I cannot carry it to those of you who need it most. Spirit of the living God, come, and apply these rich consolations to those hearts that are bleeding and ready to die!
As I repeat our text, take special note of the words I and thee: "Call upon me in the day of trouble: 1 will deliver thee. " Those two words are threaded together: "I will deliver thee." Men would not, angels could not, but God will. God Himself will rescue the person who calls upon Him. Your part is to call; God's part is to answer. Poor trembler, do you begin to try to answer your own prayers? Why did you pray to God then? When you have prayed, leave it to God to fulfill His own promise. He says, "Do call upon Me, and I will deliver you."
Especially ponder that word thee: "1 will deliver thee." I know what you are thinking, reader. You murmur, "God will deliver everybody, I believe, but not me." Nevertheless, the text says, "I will deliver thee." It is the person who calls who will get the answer. If you call upon God, He will answer you. To you He will give the blessing, even to your own heart and spirit, in your own experience. Oh, for grace to take that personal pronoun and apply it personally to our own souls! Oh, to make sure of the promise as though we could see it with our own eyes!
The apostle wrote, "Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God" (Heb. 11:3). I know beyond the shadow of a doubt that the worlds were made by God. I am sure of it. Yet I did not see Him making them. I did not see the light appear when He said, "Let there be light" (Gen. 1:3). I did not see Him divide the light from the darkness (v. 4) and gather the waters together so that the dry land appeared (v. 9). Yet I am quite sure that He did all this. Even though I was not there to see God make even a bird or a flower, all the evolutionists in the world cannot shake my conviction that God created the world.
Why should I not have the same kind of faith about God's answer to my
prayer in my time of trouble? If I cannot see how He will deliver me, why
should I wish to see it? He created the world well enough without my being
there and knowing how He would do it, and He will deliver me without my
having a finger in it. It is no business of mine to see how He works. My
business is to trust in my God and to glorify Him by believing that what
He has promised, He is able to perform (Rom. 4:21).
TAKING TURNS WITH GOD
We have had three sweet things to remember, and I will close this chapter with a fourth. It is this: both God and the praying person have parts to play in this process.
This is an odd idea to close with, but I want you to notice it.
First, here is your part: "Call upon me in the day of trouble." Next
is God's part: "1 will deliver thee. " Again, you take another part in that you are delivered and in that you praise Him for it: "Thou shalt glorify me." Then, the Lord takes the last part in that He receives the glory. Here is an agreement, a covenant that God enters into with those who pray to Him and are helped by Him. He says, "You will have the deliverance, but I must have the glory. You will pray, I will bless you, and then you will honor My holy name." Here is a delightful partnership: we obtain what we so greatly need, and all that God asks in return is that we give Him the glory that is due unto His name.
Poor troubled heart! I am sure you do not object to these terms. "Sinners," says the Lord, "I will give you pardon, but you must give Me the honor for it." Our only answer is, "Yes, Lord, that we will, forever and ever."
Who is a pardoning God like Thee?
Or who has grace so rich and free?
"Come, souls," He says, "I will justify you, but I must have the glory for it." And our answer is, "Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith" (Rom. 3:27). God must have the glory if we are justified by Christ.
"Come," He says, "I will put you into My family, but My grace must have all the glory." And we say, "Yes, that it will, good Lord! `Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God' (1 John 3:1)."
"Now," He says, "I will sanctify you and make you holy, but I must have the glory for it." And our answer is, "Yes, we will sing this song forever: `We have washed our robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb (Rev. 7:14). Therefore, we will serve Him day and night in His temple (v. 15), giving Him all praise."'
"I will take you home to heaven," God says. "I will deliver you from sin and death and hell, but I must have the glory for it." "Truly," we say, "You will be magnified. Forever and forever we will sing, `Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto him that sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb for ever and ever' (Rev. 5:13)."
Stop, you thief! Where are you going? Running away with a portion of God's glory? A person who would steal God's glory must be quite a villain! Take, for example, a man who was recently an alcoholic. God has loved him and made him sober, but he takes the credit and is extremely proud of his sobriety. What foolishness!
Stop it, mister! Stop it! Give God the glory for your deliverance from the degrading vice, or else you are still degraded by ingratitude.
Take another man as an example. He used to swear, but he has been praying now. He even delivered a sermon the other night, or at least a personal testimony. He has been as proud as a peacock about this. Oh, bird of pride, when you look at your fine feathers, remember your black feet and your hideous voice! Oh, reclaimed sinner, remember your former character, and be ashamed! Give God the glory if you have ceased to use profane language. Give God the glory for every part of your salvation.
"I will deliver thee"?that is your share to receive. But "Thou shalt glorify me"?that is God's share, and His only. He must have all the honor from first to last.
Go out, you saved ones, and proclaim what the Lord has done for you.
An aged woman once said that if the Lord Jesus Christ really would save
her, He would never hear the last of her praise. Join with her in that
resolution. Truly, my soul vows that my delivering Lord will never hear
the last of my praise.
I'll praise Him in life, and praise Him in death,
And praise Him as long as He lendeth me breath;
And say when the death?dew lies cold on my brow,
"If ever I loved Thee, my Jesus, 'tis now."
Come, poor soul, you who are in the deepest of trouble?God means to glorify Himself by you! The day will yet come when you will comfort other mourners by telling your happy experience. The day will yet come when you who were outcasts will preach the Gospel to outcasts. The day will yet come, poor fallen woman, when you will lead other sinners to the Savior's feet where you now stand weeping! You who have been abandoned by the Devil, whom even Satan is tired of, whom the world rejects because you are worn?out and stale?the day will yet come when, renewed in heart and washed in the blood of the Lamb, you will shine like a star in the sky, to the praise of the glory of the grace of God, who has made you to be accepted in the Beloved (Eph. 1:6)!
Oh, desponding sinner, come to Jesus! Do call upon Him, I entreat you! Be persuaded to call upon your God and Father. If you can do no more than groan, groan unto God. Drop a tear, heave a sigh, and let your heart say to the Lord, "O God, deliver me for Christ's sake! Save me from my sin and the consequences of it." As surely as you pray this way, He will hear you and say, "Your sins are forgiven. Go in peace." May it be so for you today, my friend.
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