Securely Established

He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my steps. -Psalm 40:2

You see the fortress standing on a high rock, up which the clouds themselves can scarcely climb, and up whose precipices the assault cannot be carried, and the armed cannot travel, for the besieged laugh at them from their eminence. So is our God a sure defence; and we shall not be moved if He hath “set our feet upon a rock, and established our goings.”…Many a giant rock is a source of admiration from its elevation; for on the summit we can see the world outspread below, like some small map; we mark the river or broadly spreading stream, as if it were a vein of silver inlaid in emerald. We discover the nations beneath our feet, “like drops in a bucket,” and the islands are “very little things” in the distance, while the sea itself seems but a basin of water, held in the hand of a mighty giant.

“He is my rock.” How glorious a thought! How safe am I, and how secure…I shall not walk upon a slippery foundation, but I shall tread on Him who cannot betray my feet; and I may sing…”He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.”~ C.H. Spurgeon

My Rock

He only is my rock and my salvation. -Psalm 62:2

“My rock!” What a history the rock might give you of the storms to which it has been exposed; of the tempests which have raged in the ocean at its base, and of the thunders which have disturbed the skies above its head; while it, itself, has stood unscathed by tempests, and unmoved by the buffettings of storms. So with our God. How firm hath He stood-how steadfast hath He been-though the nations have reviled Him, and “the kings of the earth have taken counsel together!” By merely standing still He hath broken the ranks of the enemy, without even stretching forth His hand! With motionless grandeur like a rock He hath broken the waves, and scattered the armies of His enemies, driving them back in confusion. Look at the rock again: see how firm and unmoved it stands! It doth not stray from place to place, but it abideth fast for evermore. Other things have changed, islands have been drowned beneath the sea, and continents have been shaken; but see, the rock stands as steadfast as if it were the very foundation of the whole world, and could not move till the wreck of creation, or the loosening of the bands of nature. So with God: how faithful He is in His promises! how unalterable in His decrees! how unswerving! how unchanging!

How noble a title. So sublime, suggestive, and overpowering. “My Rock.” It is a figure so divine, that to God alone shall it ever be applied.~ C.H. Spurgeon


He Knows Us

But if any man love God, the same is known of Him. -1 Corinthians 8:3

“For whom He did foreknow, He also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom He did predestinate, them He also called.”There are riches of grace in this; but we will consider it in another way. Our Savior knows us, our Shepherd knows us. Beloved, He knows your person and all about you. You, with that sick body, that aching head, He knows you and He knows your soul with all its sensitiveness; that timidity, that anxiety, that constitutional depression—He knows it all. A physician may come to see you, and be unable to detect what the disease is that pains or prostrates you, but Christ knows you through and through; all the parts of your nature He understands. “I know them,” saith He; He can therefore prescribe for you. He knows your sins. Do not let that dismay you, because He has blotted them all out; and He only knows them to forgive them, to cover them with His righteousness. He knows your corruptions; He will help you to overcome them; He will deal with you in providence and in grace, so that they shall be rooted up. He knows your temptations. Perhaps you are living away from your parents and Christian friends, and you have had an extraordinary temptation, and you wish you could go home and tell your mother. Oh, He knows it, He knows it; He can help you better than your mother can. You say: “I wish the minister knew the temptation I have passed through.” Do not tell it; God knows it. As Daniel did not want Nebuchadnezzar to tell him the nature of his dream, but gave him the dream and the interpretation at the same time, so God can send you comfort. There will be a word as plainly suited to your case as though it were all printed and the preacher had known it all. It must be so. Depend upon it, the Lord know’s your temptation, and watches your trial. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

Keep Close to Christ

The gatekeeper opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen for his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out.  – John 10:3

It is the children’s wise rule: “Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it.” Oh, blessed shall they be above many of whom it shall be said, “These are they that have not defiled their garments.” “These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goeth.” Some of His followers are not very scrupulous. They love Him. It is not for us to judge them. Rather we place ourselves among them and share in the censure. But happiest of all the happy are they who see the footprint—the print of that foot that once was pierced with the nail—and put their foot down where He placed it, and then again, in the selfsame mark, follow where He trod, till they climb at last to the throne. Keep close to Christ; take care of His little precepts unto the end. Remember, “Whosoever shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, He shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven.” Do not peril being least in the heavenly kingdom though it is better to be that than to be greatest in the kingdom of darkness. O seek to be very near Him, to be a choice sheep in His chosen flock, and to have the mark distinctly upon your foot!

I will not stay to apply these truths, but leave each one of you to make such self-searching enquiries as the text suggests. Have I the ear mark? Have I the foot mark? “My sheep hear My voice,” “and they follow Me.” I hope that I am among the number. ! C.H. Spurgeon

Twice Marked

And when He puts forth His own sheep, He goes before them, and the sheep follow Him: for they know His voice. -John 10:4

Our Savior marks us. It has been very properly observed, that there are two marks on Christ’s sheep. One is on their ear, the other is on their foot. The mark on the ear: “My sheep hear My voice.”The mark on the foot: “I know them, and they follow Me.”

Now, the spiritual ear listens to God. The opening of it is the work of the Holy Spirit, and this is a mark of Christ’s chosen blood-bought people, that they hear not only the hollow sound, but the hidden sense; not the bare letter, but the spiritual lesson; and that, too, not merely with the outward organ, but with the inward heart. The chief point is that they hear His voice.

Christ has marked His sheep on their feet as well as their ears. They follow Him: they are gently led, not harshly driven. They follow Him as the Captain of their salvation; they trust in the power of His arm to clear the way for them. All their trust on Him is stayed; all their hope on Him they lean. They follow Him as their teacher; they call no man “Rabbi” under heaven, but Christ alone…And the sheep of Christ follow Him as their example; they desire to be in this world as He was. It is one of their marks, that to a greater or less degree they have a Christ-like spirit; and if they could they would be altogether like their Lord. ~ C.H. Spurgeon

His Own Alone

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not lack. – Psalm 23:1

“My Shepherd,” let us one and all reply. All the sheep of Christ who have been redeemed by His power, become His by their own willing and cheerful surrender of themselves to Him. We would not belong to another if we might; nor would we wish to belong to ourselves if we could; nor, I trust, do we want any part of ourselves to be our own property. Judge ye whether this be true of you or not. In that day when I surrendered my soul to my Savior, I gave Him my body, my soul, my spirit; I gave Him all I had, and all I shall have for time and for eternity. I gave Him all my talents, my powers, my faculties, my eyes, my ears, my limbs, my emotions, my judgment, my whole manhood, and all that could come of it, whatever fresh capacity or new capability I may be endowed with. Were I at this good hour to change the note of gladness for one of sadness, it should be to wail out my penitent confession of the times and circumstances in which I have failed to observe the strict and unwavering allegiance I owe to my Lord. So far from regretting, I would fain renew my vows and make them over again. In this I think every Christian would join.

“‘Tis done!

the great transaction’s done:

I am my Lord’s, and He is mine:

He drew me, and I follow’d on,

Charm’d to confess the voice divine.

Now rest, my long-divided heart;

Fix’d on this blissful center, rest:

With ashes who would grudge to part,

When call’d on angels’ bread to feast?

High heaven, that heard the solemn vow,

That vow renew’d shall daily hear:

Till in life’s latest hour I bow,

And bless in death a bond so dear.”

~ C.H. Spurgeon