God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. -Psalm 46:1
I have often admired Martin Luther, and wondered at his composure. When all men spoke so ill of him, what did he say? Turn to that Psalm-“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in time of trouble; therefore we will not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea.” In a far inferior manner, I have been called to stand up in the position of Martin Luther, and have been made the butt of slander, a mark for laughter and scorn; but it has not broken my spirit yet; nor will it, while I am enabled to enjoy that quiescent state of-“So He giveth His beloved sleep.” But thus far I beg to inform all those who choose to slander or speak ill of me, that they are very welcome to do so till they are tired of it. my motto is cedo nulli-I yield to none. I have not courted any man’s love; I asked no man to attend my ministry; I preach what I like, and when I like, and as I like. Oh! happy state-to be bold, though downcast and distressed-to go and bend my knee and tell my Father all, and then to come down from my chamber, and say-
If on my face, for Thy dear name,
Shame and reproach shall be;
I’ll hail reproach, and welcome shame,
For Thou’lt remember me.
~ C.H. Spurgeon