Morning and Evening

October 17


And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by the hand of Saul. — 1 Sam 27:1

The thought of David’s heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking that God’s anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as an empty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord deserted His servant; he had been placed in perilous positions very often but not one instance had occurred in which divine interposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he had been exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one form only but many—yet in every case He who sent the trial had also graciously ordained a way of escape.

David could not put his finger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, “Here is evidence that the Lord will forsake me,” for the entire tenor of his past life proved the very reverse. He should have argued from what God had done for him—that God would be his defender still.

But is it not just in the same way—that we doubt God’s help? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had the shadow of a reason to doubt our Father’s goodness? Have not His lovingkindnesses been marvelous? Has He once failed to justify our trust? Ah, no! our God has not left us at any time. We have had dark nights but the star of love has shone forth amid the blackness! We have been in stern conflicts but over our head He has held aloft the shield of our defense. We have gone through many trials but never to our detriment, always to our advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is, that He who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsake us in the seventh. What we have known of our faithful God, proves that He will keep us to the end. Let us not, then, reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so unkind as to doubt our God? Lord, throw down the Jezebel of our unbelief, and let the dogs devour it!


He shall gather the lambs with his arm. — Isa 40:11

Our good Shepherd has in His flock—a variety of experiences, some are strong in the Lord, and others are weak in faith but He is impartial in His care for all His sheep, and the weakest lamb is as dear to Him as the most advanced of the flock. Lambs are accustomed to lag behind, prone to wander, and apt to grow weary but from all the danger of these infirmities, the Shepherd protects them with His arm of power. He finds new-born souls, like young lambs, ready to perish and He nourishes them until life becomes vigorous. He finds weak minds ready to faint and die and He consoles them and renews their strength. All the little ones He gathers in His arms—for it is not the will of our heavenly Father that one of them should perish. What a quick eye He must have to see them all! What a tender heart to care for them all! What a far-reaching and potent arm, to gather them all!

In His lifetime on earth He was a great gatherer of the weaker sort, and now that He dwells in heaven, His loving heart yearns towards the meek and contrite, the timid and feeble, the fearful and fainting here below.

How gently did He gather me to Himself, to His truth, to His blood, to His love! With what effectual grace did He compel me to come to Himself! Since my conversion, how frequently has He restored me from my wanderings, and once again folded me within the circle of His everlasting arms! The best of all is, that He does it all Himself personally, not delegating the task of love but condescending Himself to rescue and preserve His most unworthy servant. How shall I love Him enough—or serve Him worthily? I would gladly make His name great unto the ends of the earth but what can my feebleness do for Him? Great Shepherd, add to Your mercies this one more—a heart to love You more truly as I ought!

Morning and Evening - October 17

Public domain content taken from Morning and Evening by Charles H. Spurgeon.