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Adam

"The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground." Genesis 2:7 The life of Adam is but a brief page. But each line supplies a volume larger than the books of human mind. We find in it the key of all, which amazes us in that marvel—Man. The countless now on earth—the countless in unutterable bliss—... Read More

Comfort for Mourners

Sorrow has crossed the threshold of your home, and sits a downcast inhabitant in your heart. You mourn as one from whom all joy is fled. The saddened countenance--the open fount of tears--the swelling sighs--the shrinking from needless discourse--the pensive musing--clearly prove your burden of dist... Read More

Fear of Death

While the Lord delays His coming, death works incessantly. There is no moment when its scythe is idle. We may soon feel its leveling blow. The debt of dying is due from us and all earth-born. "It is appointed unto men once to die."--Heb. 9:27. Is there no comfort in this thought? Do no bright streak... Read More

I Am That I Am

"I am that I am" Exodus 3:14 The believer is called to wayfaring and warfaring struggles. He has to bear a daily cross and to fight a daily fight. But in every hour of need a sure support is near. Behold Moses. The ground that he must tread is very slippery. The hill of his difficulties is very stee... Read More

Jehovah-Jireh

"Abraham called the name of that Place Jehovah-Jireh." Genesis 22:14 Faith is the brightest star in the firmament of grace. High is its origin—for it is born in heaven. Lowly is its abode—for it dwells on earth in the hearts of the redeemed. Mighty are its deeds—for it prevails with God, and over si... Read More

Light

"God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Genesis 1:3 The speaker is God. The time is before time was. The word is omnipotence. The result is the grandest of gifts. Darkness heard and vanished. "God said, Let there be light: and there was light." Reader, strive to imagine the scene, when ... Read More

Manna

"It is Manna." Exodus 16:15 Food was provided for the chosen tribes, unseen before by human eye, untouched before by human hand. 'They knew not what it was.' Reader! when here the Manna is presented to your view, I hope it comes as a familiar thought. It is faith's way to lay it up in memory's ark, ... Read More

Marah

When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?" Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the... Read More

Melchizedek

"Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought forth bread and wine, and he was the priest of the most high God." Genesis 14:18 The first war, which darkens history's page, is ended. Abraham is moving homewards—crowned with success—laden with spoil. Suddenly a scene breaks on us—marvelous in what it reveals—m... Read More

Mount Sinai

"God spoke all these words." Exodus 20:1 Mount Sinai is not rightly seen until the Gospel-sun shines brightly on it. The total aspect then is changed. Its terrors disappear. The darkness melts into the light of life. The angry roar is hushed in notes of peace. Reader! approach this scene with humble... Read More

Numbered with the Transgressors

"Joseph's master took him and put him in prison, the place where the king's prisoners were confined." Genesis 39:20 Prison is a place of humiliation and of shame. It is peopled by those who are under accusation of crime, or who are awaiting the sentence of outraged law. As such, the very name sugges... Read More

Peniel

"So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: 'For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.'" (Gen 32:30) The happiest heart in the world is that in which faith and prayer have undisturbed rule. The truth of this statement follows from the fact that faith has the key of heaven; and p... Read More

Peniel

Jacob named the place Peniel—"face of God"—for he said, "I have seen God face to face, yet my life has been spared." Genesis 32:30 The happiest heart in the world is that in which faith and prayer have undisturbed rule. The truth of this statement follows from the fact, that faith has the key of hea... Read More

Prevailing Intercession

"As long as Moses held up the staff with his hands, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites gained the upper hand." Exodus 17:11 Alarms soon trouble the advancing host. Amalek attacks their rear. Esau's tribe has evil will against the house of Jacob. The b... Read More

Psalm 1

Here two portraits are presented to our view. The godly man appears. His walk is holy, happy, fruitful, prosperous, heavenward—The ungodly is entirely diverse. His course is worthless, and his end is woe. Spirit of God, grant now Your light! 1. "Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the... Read More

Psalm 10

The main feature in this psalm is the foul portraiture of evil. Prayer follows in full confidence that God will arise and judge. May the Spirit raise hatred of evil in our hearts! 1. "Why do You stand afar off, O Lord? why do You hide Yourself in times of trouble?" There is much weakness in the stro... Read More

Psalm 100

This hymn has been, and still is, the delight of Christian hearts. Its pervading note is a call to adoring praise. Praise is due to our God, because of His sovereignty, and His tender care. May praise ever fill our hearts and dwell on our lips! 1-2. "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all you lands.... Read More

Psalm 101

Rules are prescribed for godly government. Advice is given to those who exercise authority. May all take heed; for to each some influence belongs. 1-2. "I will sing of mercy and judgment; unto You, O Lord, will I sing. I will behave myself wisely in a perfect way. O when will You come unto me? I wil... Read More

Psalm 102

The soul trembling under God's displeasure is in extreme anguish. Its misery pours out a multitude of complaints. Various images lend their aid. Hope is found only in God and His unchanging love. 1-2. "Hear my prayer, O Lord, and let my cry come unto You. Hide not Your face from me in the day when I... Read More

Psalm 103

As in the firmament one star differs from another star in glory, so this hymn shines with surpassing luster. Through a long course of years it has been especial comfort to the Church. May it be especial comfort to our hearts! 1-2. "Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy... Read More

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