Saturday, December 2, 2006

Our Holiest Example

I have set the Lord always before me: because he is at my right hand, I
shall not be moved. (Psalm 16:8)

This is the way to live. With God always before us, we shall have the
noblest companionship, the holiest example, the sweetest consolation,
and the mightiest influence. This must be a resolute act of the mind. "I
have set," and it must be maintained as a set and settled thing. Always
to have an eye to the Lord's eye and an ear for the Lord's voice--this
is the right state for the godly man. His God is near him, filling the
horizon of his vision, leading the way of his life, and furnishing the
theme of his meditation. What vanities we should avoid, what sins we
should overcome, what virtues we should exhibit, what joys we should
experience if we did indeed set the Lord always before us! Why not?

This is the way to be safe. The Lord being ever in our minds, we come
to feel safety and certainty because of His being so near. He is at our
right hand to guide and aid us; and hence we are not moved by fear, nor
force, nor fraud, nor fickleness. When God stands at a man's right
hand, that man is himself sure to stand. Come on, then, ye foemen of the
truth! Rush against me like a furious tempest, if ye will. God upholds
me. God abides with me. Whom shall I fear?



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