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He Will Not Forsake His Saints

Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,and your justice as the noonday.

Better is the little that the righteous has than the abundance of many wicked.
For the arms of the wicket shall be broken, but the Lord upholds the righteous.

The Lord knows the days of the blameless, and their heritage will remain forever,
they are not put to shame in evil times; in the days of famine they have abundance.

Psalm 37:5-6, 16-19 

That Every Word Tell

"Vigorous writing is concise. A sentence should contain no unnecessary words, a paragraph no unnecessary sentences, for the same reason that a drawing should have no unnecessary lines and a machine should have no unnecessary parts. This requires not that the writer make all his sentences short, or that he avoid all detail and treat his subjects only in outline, but that every word tell."

William Strunk, Jr.
The Elements of Style

So it goes with style in speech and design.

This is a close summary of my attraction to simple systems and minimalism.

Temper Trap - Fader

Yes.

Spurgeon on Reading the Bible

READ AND DEPEND on the Spirit of God. How often do we open the

sacred book and read a chapter through, perhaps at family-prayer, or

perhaps in our own private devotions, and having read from the first verse

to the last, we shut up the book, thinking we have done something very

right and very proper, and in a vague way somehow profitable to us. Very

right and very proper indeed, and yet, right and proper as the thing is, we

may really have gained nothing thereby. We may, in fact, have only drilled

ourselves in the merely external part of religion, and may not have enjoyed

anything spiritual, or anything that can be beneficial to our souls, if we

have forgotten the divine Spirit through whom the Word has come to us.

Ought we not even to remember that in order properly to understand the

holy Word we need to have the Holy Spirit to be his expositor? The hymn

says concerning Providence —

“God is his own interpreter

And he will make it plain;”

and certainly it is so with regard to the Scriptures. Commentators and

expositors are very useful indeed, but the best expositor is always the

author of a book himself. If I had a book which I did not quite understand,

it would be a very great convenience to me to live next door to the author,

for then I could run in, and ask him what he meant. This is just your

position, Christian. The book will sometimes puzzle you, but the divine

author, who must know his own meaning, is ever ready to lead you into its

meaning. He dwelleth in you, and shall be with you, and saith Christ Jesus,

“When he, the Spirit of truth is come, he shall lead you into all truth.”

But to understand the word is not enough. We need also that he make us to

feel its power. How can we do this except through the Holy Ghost? “Thy

Word hath quickened me,” O God, but it is only as thou didst quicken me

through it. The Word of God is to be read literally, but “it is the letter that

killeth,” only “the Spirit giveth life,” and, excellent as are its statements, yet

even they have no spiritual force in themselves. Unless the Holy Ghost

shall fill them even they shall become as wells without water, and as clouds

without rain. Have you not often found it so yourselves? I appeal now to

your own experience. You have sometimes read a portion of Scripture, and

the page has seemed to glow, your heart has burned within you and you

have said that the Word came home to you with power.

Just so; but it was the Holy Spirit who was bringing it close home to your

spirit in its true power and making it a sweet savoir of life unto life to you.

At other times, you may have read the very same page, and missed

painfully the sweetness which once you had tasted, and lost the lovely light

that once flashed from it upon your mind’s eye.

Everything must depend upon the Spirit speaking through it, for even the

light of the Word of God is to a great extent but moonlight, that is to say,

it is a reflection of the light which streams from God himself, who is the

one, the true source of light. If God shineth not upon the Word when we

read it, then, the Word shineth not back upon us, but becomes a dark Word

to us, or as one saith “rather an obscuration than a revelation, rather

concealing God from us, than revealing him to us.” Look up, reader! the

next time the book is in thy hands, look up before thou openest it, and

while thine eye is running down the page, look up and pray that God would

shine upon it; and when the chapter is finished and thou puttest the book

away, afford a minute again to look up and ask his blessing. If by reading

the Scriptures we were only always reminded of the Holy Spirit, if we got

no other good from the Scripture itself except the turning of our souls to

think upon that divine and blessed one, that would be in itself an

inestimable boon. Do read, then, thoughtfully remembering the great

author.

C.H. Spurgeon 
How To Read the Bible
September 5, 1912
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