TDR: 15 August (Psalm 9:18)

‘The expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever’ (Psalm 9:18)

The promises of God raise the expectation of His people, and His providence tries it; what the promise has engaged to give, providence seems loath to bestow. But God is faithful.

We may expect the Lord to appear for us in every trouble, if our faith is fixed on His word, and prayer is daily sent up to His throne. We may expect to be supported under all our trials, and to be supplied with all necessary good, if we are making God our portion, and seeking to glorify Him.

We may expect to be pardoned, justified, and saved, if we believe with the heart, confess with the mouth, and walk according to our profession of faith. God notices our expectations, Jesus pleads that they may be realized; and nothing shall be able to turn away the bountiful hand of our God. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer.

Our fears may be strong, and our doubts may be many; but our security is in the character, word, and work of our God and Saviour. He will not fail us, nor forsake us, until He has done all which He has spoken to us about.

Soon the delightful day will come,
When my dear Lord will bring me home,
And I shall see His face;
Then, with my Saviour, Brother, Friend,
A blest eternity I’ll spend,
Triumphant in His grace.

THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)

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