‘Certainly I will be with you’ (Exodus 3:12)
It is a great honour to be favoured with the presence of the Lord; but in every enterprise for His glory, in every duty required in His word, in every dangerous part of the pilgrim’s path, in every trouble in this land of strangers, He has promised to be with us.
His presence is to encourage, strengthen, protect, and prosper us. This promise should arm us against fear, nerve the mind against opposition, and embolden us in a good cause. Dear friends, has God promised to be with us?
Let us therefore seek to realise His presence; never let us be satisfied with any religion, without the Lord’s presence. If God be with us we shall be successful; all He requires He will provide; and display in our experience the exceeding riches of His grace.
His presence is sure to His people; certainly He is present; for although heaven and earth may pass away, one jot or tittle of His word shall not pass away; all must be fulfilled. Let us then seek and expect the presence of the Lord Almighty this day; and rejoice that He has said, “I will never leave you, nor forsake you”.
Then rest, my soul, upon the Lord,
Believe and plead His faithful word,
He will be with thee, He will guide,
And for thy every want provide:
Then trust His faithful love and power,
In every gloomy trying hour.
THE DAILY REMEMBRANCER by James Smith (1802-1862)
‘My God, draw me nearer to thyself, and keep me, as near as any creature is permitted to be in this vale of tears. I want to be near and like my God. To exhibit His moral excellencies in my conduct, and daily to preach his free and glorious grace. I would breathe no spirit, but His, seek to please no one but Him, aim to exalt no one but Him’.