Wednesday, April 8, 2020

He Will Save

April  8

He will save.

Zephaniah 3:17 The LORD thy God in the midst of thee
is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy;
he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

Whom? the loss, the wretched, the unworthy.

Every applicant, for ”Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord, shall be saved.” “Him that cometh  to me, I will in no wise cast out.”

How? –freely, without money and without price; fully, by His blood, power, and providence; eternally, all who flee to Him for refuge, all who build on Him for a pardon, peace, and life, shall be saved with an everlasting salvation, they shall not be ashamed nor confounded, world without end.

Why? -because it is His Father‘s will; because He delighted in mercy; because it will eternally glorify His name.

From what? -from sin, in its guilt, filth, and power; from the present evil world; from Satan; from the wrath of God; from every evil work; and from all the evil designs of men.

He has saved us by receiving grace for us and dying in our stead.

He does save us, by His presence, word, providence, and the renewing of the Holy Ghost.

He will see in every trouble, from every foe, even unto the end.

Look to Him then, and to Him alone, to deliver, direct, relieve, and preserve.

He says “Look unto me, and be ye saved, all ye ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is no other.”

Why should I doubt his love at last,
With anxious thoughts perplex’d!
Who saved me in the troubles past,
Will save me in the next.

James Smith

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

One Thing Is Needful

April 7

One thing is needful.

But one thing is needful: and Mary hath
chosen that good part, which shall not be
taken away from her. Luke 10:42

The things of time are transient, the things of eternity are permanent. The world passeth away. The body must die; earthly connections must be dissolved; but the soul must live for ever.

The welfare of the soul is the one thing needful. If the soul is in a sanctified and healthy state, it will be found at the feet of Jesus; it will relish His words; and enjoy His communications more than riches feast.

We shall be seeking to know Him, love Him, believe Him, obey Him, and enjoy Him.

Fellowship with Jesus is needful as an evidence of interest in Him, and as a source of satisfaction and comfort.

He that finds a home at the feet of Jesus, will enjoy an eternal heaven in the presence of Jesus.

Let not then the many trifles of time affect, distract, and bewilder you; but let the one thing needful be the constant object of pursuit and desire.

Live at the feet of Jesus, and you are safe. Seek above all things to enjoy Jesus, and you will be happy.

Aim in all things to glorify Jesus, and you will be holy.

Look daily for the coming of Jesus, and you will be consistent.

O Jesus! manifest thyself to me; draw me to thy feet, and keep me there!

Engage this roving treacherous heart
To fix on Mary’s better part;
To scorn the trifles of a day,
For joys that none can take away.

James Smith

Monday, April 6, 2020

Worthy Is The Lamb That Was Slain

April 6

Worthy is the Lamb that was slain.

Saying with a loud voice, Worthy is the Lamb that was slain
to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength,
and honour, and glory, and blessing. Revelation 5:12

This is an ascription of the praise to Jesus, thy Jesus, as the sacrifice for sin, the atonement of the church, the Saviour of His body.

Jesus who died for thy sins is worthy to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessings.

We can never ascribe too much to Jesus.

But He is worthy also to be BELIEVED, in perference to Satan, unbelief, the world or appearances; to be TRUSTED with all, for all, before all; to be LOVED, more than any other, in opposition to any other that would rival Him; to be obeyed, though He commands us to cut off a right hand, or pluck out the right eye; to be FOLLOWED, wherever He may lead us, through evil report and good report; to be PREFERRED to ease, pleasure, wealth, health to any thing and every thing.

Jesus is worthy to be our example, our confidant, our king, and our all.

He is worthy of all He requires, all we can give, all His people have done for Him, or suffered in His cause.

Believe His word, trust His grace, love His name, obey His commands, and prefer Him before all others.

Make it your daily business to endeavour to bring sinners to His feet; He is worthy of every effort you can make.

Jesus is worthy to receive
Honour and power divine,
And blessings more than we can give,
Be, Lord, for ever thine.

James Smith

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Without Me Ye Can Do Nothing

April 5

Without Me ye can do nothing.

John 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: 
He that abideth in me, and I in him, 
the same bringeth forth much fruit:
for without me ye can do nothing.

Never forget that in the Lord is our righteousness and strength.

We are not sufficient to think rightly of ourselves, but through Him we can do all things.

Never attempt any thing without looking to Jesus for power.

Let a knowledge and constant sense of weakness keep you near Him; sensibly depending on Him, and ascribing all good unto Him.

You cannot, He can.

You have destroyed yourself, in Him is your help found. It is only by union to Him, and receiving from Him, that you can glorify God, adorn your profession, enjoy your privileges, and obey the holy precepts of the gospel.

Never presume, but come up out of the wilderness leaning on Him, your beloved, Live as one deeply sensible of your dependence upon, and obligation to, the Lord Jesus.

He is the strength of the poor, the strength of the needy in his distress, and your strength too.

Beloved, Jesus is your life-giving Head, the Fountain from which you are to draw all your supplies, and the Friend to whom you are to carry all your cares.

He will work in you to will and to do His own good pleasure.

Jesus, immutability the same;
Thou true and living vine!
Around thy all- supporting stem
My feeble arms I twine;
Thou art my strength, my life, my hope,
Nor can I sink with such a prop.

James Smith

Saturday, April 4, 2020

It is I; Be Not Afraid

April 4

It is I; be not afraid.

John 6:20  But he saith unto them, It is I; be not afraid.

The fears of the Christians are a dishonour to his Lord, a denial of his creed, and a fruitful source of distress to his own soul.

All things are of God, He worketh all things after the counsel of His own will, and in every event He will say to us, “It is I, be not afraid.”

If friends turn to foes and distress us, if death enters our dwellings and bereaves us, if sickness lays us aside and fills us with pain, He says, “It is I, be not afraid.”

If losses, crosses, and sore trials come upon us, and discourage, distress, and perplex us, He says, “It is I, be not afraid.”

If death approaches and calls upon us to leave the body, and close our eyes upon our beloved relations, friends, and connections, He says, “It is I, be not afraid.”

Should we hear the pillars of having crack, and feel the strong foundation of the earth give way; should the heavens be rolled up like a scroll, and the great white throne appear; still amidst the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds, He cries, “Be not afraid, it is I.”

Happy Christian! thy fears are groundless and thy brightest hopes well founded.

Rejoice in Jesus.

O, that I might so believe,
Stedfastly to Jesus cleave;
Only on His love rely,
Smile at the destroyers nigh;
Free from care and servile fear,
Feel the Saviour always near.

James Smith

Friday, April 3, 2020

I Flee Unto Thee To Hide Me

April 3

I flee unto thee to hide me

Psalm 143:9  Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies:
I flee unto thee to hide me.

This implies DANGER- the Christian may be in danger from sin, self, foes.

FEAR- his fears may be groundless, but they are often very painful.

INABILITY- to defend himself or overcome his oppossers.

FORESIGHT- he sees the storm in the distance, and looks out for the convert.

PRUDENCE- he hides before the storm, ere the enemy comes upon him.

A laudable CONCERN for safety and comfort.

The believer, if wise, will at all times flee Jehovah.

Jacob flies to Laban; the manslayer to the refuge; the bird to his mountain;     the Christian to his God.       Asa may seek to physicians;            Ephraim to king Jareb; and Saul to the witch;                but the believer looks to his God.

The Lord receives, befriends, and secures him. Let us flee to Him by prayer, in faith, with hope, for salvation; and He will receive us, shelter us, and be our refuge and strength.

Flee from sin, from self, from the world; but flee to Jesus.

His heart is ever towards us, His ear is open to us, and His hand is ready to help, protect, and deliver us.

His throne is our asylum, His promise is our comfort, and His omnipotence is our guard.

Happy soul, that, free from harms,
Rests within his shepherd’s arms!
Who his quiet shall molest?
Who shall violate his rest?
He who found the wandering sheep,
Loves, and still delights to keep.

James Smith

Thursday, April 2, 2020

I Shall Not Want.

April 2

I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

This was David‘s conclusion, from the belief that the Lord was his shepherd.  If we are the sheep of Christ, He will supply us. He has all things in His possession, the silver and the gold are His, and the cattle upon thousand hills.

His private mark is upon all.   All spiritual blessings are in His possessions also; and He has a kind, tender, and liberal heart.  He will give. He has engaged to supply, conduct, protect, and present His flock upon mount Zion.

He has promised to be to us, do for us, and bestow upon us, all that our circumstances require.

His conduct towards His flock in old times is a sufficient guarantee; when ever were the righteous forsake; or His sheep left neglected and unheeded?

Did David. ever want?   Few passed through greater changes, or severer trials; yet upon his dying bed he tells us, he had all his desires.

If you belong to Christ, you may safely conclude, “I shall not want.” Your fears are follies; your anxieties are groundless; your forebodings are sinful;   you have a God to provide for you, and you are to rejoice.

“My God,” says the apostle, “shall supply all your needs, according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.”

What want shall not our God supply
From His redundant stores?
What streams of mercy from on high
An arm Almighty pours.
James Smith

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

The LORD Is My Shepherd

April 1

The Lord is my Shepherd.

The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. Psalms 23:1

Then David was one of the Lord’s sheep. Ah His sheep know Him, love Him, and follow Him. They possess His disposition; He was meek and lowly in heart.

Are you a sheep of Christ?

Are you looking to, following of, and rejoicing in your Shepherd?     If so, it is His province to lead you, feed you, protect you, and heal you.

Your person, life, health, comforts, and safety, are committed to His care.  He is the good Shepherd, He laid down His life for his sheep; He searches and seek out His sheep wherever they have been scattered; He feeds His flock; He gathereth the lambs with His arm, and carrieth them in His bosom.

He loves His sheep more than His own life; He cares for His sheep more than for all the world beside.

He feeds them in the most suitable pasture, and leads them in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.

Oh, view Jesus as your Shepherd, expect Him to lead you, feed you, fold you, and present you to His Father with exceeding joy. Cleave to Him let nothing tempt you to leave His feet, His flock, or His fold.

He will never leave you, nor for sake you.

Jehovah is my Shepherd‘s name,
Then what have I, tho’ weak to fear?
My sin and folly I proclaim,
If I respond while He is near;
In every danger He is nigh,
And will my every want supply.

James Smith

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


I will be with him in trouble.

He shall call upon me, and I will answer him:
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him, and honour him. Psalms 91:15

Sin is the parent of trouble; all sorrow originated in departing from God.

It is generally occasioned by transgression, or sent as a preventative to a greater evil; it may be occasioned by good, for saints are sometimes persecuted for righteousness’ sake.

It is intended to correct, improve, and to bring us near to God. Whatever may be our trouble, if we are the Lord’s He is with us; and with us for the most gracious purposes.

He fixes the period of our troubles, nor can they continue longer then He sees needful, He regulates the heat of the furnace, nor will He suffer us to be tried more than we are able to bear, He sanctifies our troubles, and causes them to work for our good.

He delivers out of trouble, when the purposes of His love are accomplished.  In every trouble, remember God is now especially present. He is with you to hear your prayer, increase your strength, direct your way, and make you a conqueror.

His grace is sufficient; His presence is sure; your deliverance in His time and way is certain.

Therefore, “wait on the Lord, be of good courage; He will strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.”

He that hath made his refuge God,
Shall find a most secure abode;
Shall walk all day beneath His shade,
And there at night shall rest his head.

James Smith

Monday, March 30, 2020

Yes, He Loved The People


Yea, He loved the people.

Yea, he loved the people; all his saints are in thy hand:
and they sat down at thy feet; every one shall
receive of thy words.   Deuteronomy 33:3

And what were, the people whom He loved? Poor, oppressed, rebellious, stiff-neck, hardhearted, unworthy creatures. Just such are His people by nature now. Sure are we. Yet he loved us; pities us; and distinguishes us from others around us.

He spared not His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all; and with Him, He will freely give us all things. Though He has not yet all His people with Him, yet He has Jesus sitting at His right hand, who is their Representative; the express image and exact lightness of His elect.

All the rays of His love centre in Him, who is the head of His body the Church. All the streams of delight empty themselves into Him, and through Him flow down to every believer on earth.

As He loveth Christ, so He loveth us; while He loveth Jesus, He will love us; for Christ and we are one.

What is done to us, is done to Him, and what is done to, or bestowed upon Him, as man and Mediator, is done to and bestowed upon us.

Oh, glorious mystery of infinite and eternal love!  Oh, direct my heart into this love of God!

O love of unexampled kind!
That leaves all the thought so far behind;
Where length, and breadth, and depth, and height,
Are lost to my astonish’d  sight;
Lord, shed abroad that love of Thine
In this poor sinful heart of mine.

James Smith

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Cease Ye From Man.


Cease  ye from man.

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils:
for wherein is he to be accounted of?     Isaiah 2:22

Never trust him, for his heart is deceitful; never expect from him, for he is an empty cistern; never follow him, for he is a false guide.

Cursed be the man who trusts in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

Trust ye not in a friend.

One object of trust is enough;  He has all you want, and has offered to give whenever you ask.

He never did deceive, He never can.

It is impossible for God to lie. Looking to man, dishonours His fulness; trusting in man, is pouring contempt on His word; expecting from man, is overlooking His agency.

If you neglect this loving direction, expect to suffer; if you walk by it, your peace will be like a river, and your soul like a well-watered garden. He knows what he is in man, you do not. He cautions you, because He loves you. He would save you from disappointment, sorrow, and woe.

Come then to the conclusion of the prophet, “Therefore will I look unto the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

Never expect from man, but always from God.

Happy they who trust in Jesus!
Sweet their portion is, and sure;
When destruction others seizes,
God will keep His own secure;
Happy people!
Happy, though despised and poor.

James Smith

Saturday, March 28, 2020

I Am The Lord's


I am the Lord’s

Isaiah 44:5 One shall say, I am the LORD'S; and another
shall call himself by the name of Jacob; and another
shall subscribe with his hand unto the LORD,
and surname himself by the name of Israel.

Not only because He has chosen me from others, in Jesus His beloved Son; nor merely because I am redeemed from among men, by the precious blood of Immanuel; but also because I have surrendered myself up into the Lord’s hands, with all I have and am, to be taught by His Spirit, ruled by His word, supplied by His providence, and devoted to His praise.

The Lord claimed me, and I was enabled to acknowledge the claim; He has a right to me, and that right should never be forgotten by me.

Am I tempted to sin?   to murmur? to despond?

Let this be my preservative, “I am the Lord’s.”

How base, ungrateful, and wicked for me to yield to sin; for me to complain of any of His dispensations; or for me to doubt His goodness or His grace.

I am the Lord’s for life; I shall be the Lord’s in death; and then (O delightful thought) I shall be the Lord’s for evermore.

He will guide me by His counsel, and afterwards receive me to glory. I have only to aim at His glory, walk by His word, and live at His throne, until He takes me to Himself.

My only business on earth is to please God, and my heaven will be to enjoy Him for ever.

Jesus, thy boundless love to me,
No thought can reach, no tongue declare;
Oh, knit my thankful heart to Thee,
And reign without a rival there!

James Smith

Friday, March 27, 2020

Ask And You Shall Receive

March 27

Ask and you shall receive.

John 16:24  Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name:
ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

There are the words of Jesus.

He addresses them to us this morning.

They suppose want, and inability to supply ourselves. They initiate that provision is made and may be obtained. They invite us to ask with confidence, assuring us we shall receive.

Jesus has a boundless fulness of blessings, and a loving tender heart to bestow them. He will supply all our needs. Let not want, then, lead you to despond, but look to Jesus; He has, He gives.

He tells you to ask and receive. Can any terms be more easy, more suitable, more encouraging than these?

But ask in faith, believing because Jesus has promised; ask with earnestness, as though you value the blessings; asked with importunity; go again and again, until you obtain them. Go to Jesus for all you want; make every thing a matter of prayer; in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your request be made known unto God.

Doubt not, for His word is plan; He is full of compassion; He waits to be gracious; and He has thousands of witnesses to attest His faithfulness, veracity, and love. Look to the generations of old.

Did any ever seek the Lord in vain? NO: every one that asked receiveth.

My soul, ask what thou wilt,
Thou canst not be too bold;
Since his own blood for thee He spilt,
What else can He withhold?

James Smith

Thursday, March 26, 2020

He Giveth Power To The Faint


He giveth power to the faint.

He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have
no might he increaseth strength. Isaiah 40:29 

The Lords people often feel faint, being burdened with a body of sin and death, pursued and assaulted by Satan, tried and hindered by the world; but though faint they continue to pursue.

Waiting on the Lord they renew their strength.

The Lord has said, “I will strengthen thee.”

Brother, remember the promises and faithfulness of thy God; yield not to fear, or you will surely faint.

Believe, because God is true.  David says, “I had fainted unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.”

Power is given in answer to prayer.

Strength is proportioned to the day.

The back is fitted for the burden.

Our God will not lay upon as more then He will enable us to bear.

He strengthens by His word, by His Spirit, and by His presence; expect Him to be and do according to His word; this will honour Him, and He will strengthen you with might by His Spirit in the inner man.

Go forth, however weak you may feel, assured that God will give you strength and courage, strength to do and suffer His will, courage to face, fight and overcome every foe.

Whence do our mournful thoughts arise?
And where’s our courage fled?
Have restless sin, and raging hell,
Struck all our comforts dead?
Chase, chase thy gloomy fears away,
Strengthen shall be equal to the day.

James Smith