FORGET NOT THE LORD’S BENEFITS
It is certainly a very delightful thing to mark the hand of God in the lives of ancient saints. How profitable an occupation to observe God’s goodness in delivering David out of the jaw of the lion and the paw of the bear; His mercy in passing by the transgression, iniquity, and sin of Manasseh; His faithfulness in keeping the covenant made with Abraham; or His interposition on the behalf of the dying Hezekiah.
But, beloved, would it not be even more interesting and profitable for us to remark the hand of God in OUR OWN LIVES? Ought we not to look upon our own history as being at least as full of God, as full of His goodness and of His truth, as much a proof of his faithfulness and veracity as the lives of any of the saints who have gone before? I think we do our Lord an injustice when we suppose that he wrought all His mighty acts in days of yore, and showed himself strong for those in the early time, but doth not perform wonders or lay bare His arm for the saints that are NOW upon the earth.
Let us review, I say, our own diaries. Surely in these modern pages we may discover some happy incidents, refreshing to ourselves and glorifying to our God. Have YOU had no DELIVERANCES? Have you passed through no rivers, supported by the Divine presence? Have you walked through no fires unharmed? Have you not been saved in six troubles? yea, in seven hath not Jehovah helped you? Have you had no MANIFESTATIONS? The God that spoke to Abraham at Mamre, hath he never spoken to YOU? The angel that wrestled with Jacob at Peniel, hath he never wrestled with YOU? He that stood in the fiery furnace with the three holy children, hath He never trodden the coals at YOUR side? O beloved, He has manifested himself unto us as He doth not unto the world. Forget not these manifestations; fail not to rejoice in them.
Have you had no CHOICE FAVORS? The God that gave Solomon the desire of his heart, hath He never listened to you and answered YOUR requests? That God of lavish bounty, of whom David sang, “Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s,” hath He never satiated YOU with fatness? Have YOU never been made to lie down in green pastures? Have YOU never been led by the still waters? Surely, beloved, the goodness of God of old has been repeated unto US. The manifestations of his grace to those gone to glory has been renewed to US, and delivering mercies as experienced by them are not unknown even to us, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
I beg you, therefore, dear friends, for a little time this morning (or evening), to fix your thoughts upon your God in connection with yourselves; and, while we think of Samuel piling the stones and saying, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped us,” let us lay the emphasis upon the last word and say, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped US,” and if you can put it in the singular, and say, “Hitherto hath the Lord helped ME,” so much the better!
Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits:
Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases;
Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies;
Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle’s.