“I hope”

O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the Lord. -Psalm 31:23-24

I like to hear a child of God speak of the full assurance of faith, for full assurance is the proper tone of an educated faith. He that believeth ought to be assured of the thing which he believeth; else, why doth he believe it? And it is good when the milk of faith has stood quiet so long that you can see the cream of full assurance floating upon the surface of it. Yet I do know that, if you have not full assurance, and if the most you say is, “I hope,” you are included in the blessed company to whom the psalmist speaks: “all ye that hope in the Lord.” O Little-faith, and Miss Much-afraid, and Mr. Feeble-mind, and Mr. Fearing,—all of you who belong to that very numerous family, all of you who are like Pharaoh’s lean kine,—God loves you! These feeble ones are carried in the Savior’s bosom, or gently led by his loving hand. Do not exclude yourself, I pray you, from any sweetness which lies in the text, “all ye that hope in the Lord.” Indeed, my text seems to me to have an arm like that of the Good Shepherd. “He shall gather the lambs with his arm,” as if he would put his arm around them to draw them close up to his heart.

This, then, is the approved company: “all ye that hope in the Lord.” Not, “you that hope in yourselves;” not, “you that hope in your priests;” not, “you that have any confidences anywhere else;” but you who hope in God alone. ~ C.H. Spurgeon



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