HOLD THOU ME UP, AND I SHALL BE SAFE!

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HOLD THOU ME UP, AND I SHALL BE SAFE!

A.W. Pink

The Lord is very jealous of His honour and will not share His glory with another. His people profess to believe that as a cardinal truth, yet they are apt to forget it. They, too, are human, and prone to hero-worship, prone to idolatry, prone to render unto the creatures that to which the Lord alone is entitled. Hence it is they so frequently meet with disappointment, and discover their beloved idol is, like themselves, made of clay. For his own people, God has chosen “the foolish things of this world,” the “weak things,” the “base things” and “things which are not” (mere “nobody’s”), “that no flesh should glory in His presence” (1 Cor. 1:27-29). 

And he has called sinful though regenerated men, and not holy angels, to be the preachers of His Gospel, that it might fully appear that “the excellency of the power” in calling sinners out of darkness into His marvelous light lies not in them nor proceeds from them, but that He alone gives the increase to the seed sown by them: “so then neither is he that planteth (the evangelist) anything, neither he that watereth (the teacher), but God” (1 Cor. 3:7).

It is for this reason that God suffers it to appear that the best of men are but men at the best. No matter how richly gifted they may be, how eminent in God’s service, how greatly honored and used of Him, let His sustaining power be withdrawn from them for a moment and it will quickly be seen that they are “earthen vessels.” No man stands any longer than he is supported by Divine grace. The most experienced saint, if left to himself, is immediately seen to be as weak as water and as timid as a mouse.

“Man at his best state is altogether vanity” (Ps. 39:5). Then why should it be thought a thing incredible when we read of the failings and falls of the most favored of God’s saints and servants? Noah’s drunkenness, Lot’s carnality, Abraham’s prevarications, Moses” anger, Aaron’s jealousy, Joshua’s haste, David’s adultery, Jonah’s disobedience, Peter’s denial, Paul’s contention with Barnabas, are so many illustrations of the solemn truth that “there is not a just man upon earth that doeth good, and sinneth not” (Eccl. 7:20).

Perfection is found in Heaven, but nowhere on earth except in the Perfect Man.

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One thought on “HOLD THOU ME UP, AND I SHALL BE SAFE!

  1. Thank you Michael….. almost everyday I pray ( Jude 1:24)
    Now unto Him who is able to keep you from falling and present you faultless before the glory of his presence.
    Our path to heaven is a slippery and dangerous journey with many difficulties. One false step or turn could bring death or disaster if Grace be absent.
    King David said… “My feet were almost gone and well might slipped”
    But to be KEPT from falling what a glorious promise of our inheritance.
    He is faithful who has promised. “He is able to keep us from falling”. So in our perfect weakness we are safe with His everlasting arms keeping us from falling.

    Jude 1:24 He is able to KEEP you from falling. ~

    A always
    L living
    I in
    V view of
    E eternity

    D.Bivins
    United States

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