Choose Now

“Here is God, there is the world; here is bread, there is husks; here is the substance, there is a shadow; here is paradise, there is an apple; here is fulness, there is emptiness; here is a fountain, there is a broken cistern; here is all things, there is nothing; here is heaven, there is hell; here is eternity, I say, eternity of joy and pleasure, there is eternity. O that word eternity, of sorrow and pain! Choose now which of the two thou wilt take…”  –George Swinnock, “Works of GS” Vol 4, p. 46

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Not One Instance

“Nor should we ever forget that God’s word, though tried so long, and by so many, in every condition of life, has never failed in one instance. Could such a case be found our joy would be at an end. Morison: ‘The accumulated experience of the whole church of God has but served to demonstrate, that gold seven times purified is not more genuine or unmixed, than is that word of the living God, which has been the guide, the spiritual nourishment, and the divine support of the children of God in every age.’ ” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 251

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Many Waters

“Seldom do troubles come alone, and as seldom are God’s deliverances from one trouble only. Often does God draw his loved ones out of many waters. He can save from a world of troubles as easily as from one. Nor does our inability to help ourselves make the displays of God’s power less but more illustrious. Whether he saves by means, or without means, or contrary to means, he is still our deliverer.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 249

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Good Soldiers Are Not Made In Parlors

“To what great straits even good men are often brought. The sorrows of death and of hell, the floods of ungodly men and the snares of death surround and beset them. In this way they are disciplined and made courageous. Good soldiers are not made in parlors. The fearful strife of the battle-field is necessary to show who is calm and valorous. It is no small mercy that God lets us triumph in many a conflict before the last great battle is fought.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 248

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“Many a prayer is hindered because while it supplicates blessings, it fails to adore God for what he is and to thank him for what he has already done.  Morison: ‘What honor has been put upon prayer and praise in every age! They have been as a mystic ladder between heaven and earth, upon which the angels of mercy have been ascending and descending.’ Luther: ‘One cannot believe what a powerful assistance such praise of God is in pressing danger. For the moment thou wilt begin to praise God, the evil also will begin to abate, the consoled heart will grow, and then will follow the calling upon God with confidence.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 248

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A Monstrous Proposition

“It must ever be utterly impossible for men to arrive at a settled conclusion that there is no God. The phenomena of nature often so grand and terrific must themselves invest with uncertainty so monstrous a proposition, if in no other way at least in this, by raising the question whether the cause that produces so great effects might not do things that would satisfy the most incredulous that there is a First Cause, a Being whose existence is uncaused?”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 249

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God Is At No Loss

“God is at no loss for agents to effect any purpose. Whenever he will he commands the cherubim. …Nor does Jehovah ever lack means to execute his wrath or display his delivering power. Thick clouds, hail-stones, balls of fire, lightnings, stormy wind, all things in nature are tributary to the purposes of God, and at a moment will execute his will.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 249

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