02 Dec Dec 2nd | Morning Devotional
“Thou art all fair, my love.”
You are altogether beautiful, my darling;
there is no flaw in you.
—Song of Solomon 4:7 [NIV]
The Lord’s admiration of his Church is very wonderful, and his description of her beauty is very glowing. She is not merely fair, but “all fair.” He views her in himself, washed in his sin-atoning blood and clothed in his meritorious righteousness, and he considers her to be full of comeliness and beauty. No wonder that such is the case, since it is but his own perfect excellency that he admires; for the holiness, glory, and perfection of his Church are his own glorious garments on the back of his own well-beloved spouse. She is not simply pure, or well-proportioned; she is positively lovely and fair! She has actual merit! Her deformities of sin are removed; but more, she has through her Lord obtained a meritorious righteousness by which an actual beauty is conferred upon her. Believers have a positive righteousness given to them when they become “accepted in the beloved” (Eph. 1:6). Nor is the Church barely lovely, she is superlatively so. Her Lord styles her “Thou fairest among women.” She has a real worth and excellence which cannot be rivalled by all the nobility and royalty of the world. If Jesus could exchange his elect bride for all the queens and empresses of earth, or even for the angels in heaven, he would not, for he puts her first and foremost-“fairest among women.” Like the moon she far outshines the stars. Nor is this an opinion which he is ashamed of, for he invites all men to hear it. He sets a “behold” before it, a special note of exclamation, inviting and arresting attention. “Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair” (Song of Sol. 4:1). His opinion he publishes abroad even now, and one day from the throne of his glory he will avow the truth of it before the assembled universe. “Come, ye blessed of my Father” (Matt. 25:34), will be his solemn affirmation of the loveliness of his elect.
“In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, if any man thirst, let him come unto me and drink.” On the last and greatest day of the festival, Jesus stood and said in a loud voice, “Let… Continue Reading Dec 31st | Morning Devotional...31 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 3 Likes
“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.” “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” —Jeremiah 8:20 [NIV] Not saved! Dear reader, is this your mournful plight? Warned of the judgment to… Continue Reading Dec 31st | Evening Devotional...31 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof.” The end of a matter is better than its beginning, and patience is better than pride. —Ecclesiastes 7:8 [NIV] Look at David’s Lord and Master; see his beginning. He was despised and… Continue Reading Dec 30th | Morning Devotional...30 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Knowest thou not that it will be bitterness in the latter end?” Abner called out to Joab, “Must the sword devour forever? Don’t you realize that this will end in bitterness? How long before you order your men to stop pursuing their fellow Israelites?”… Continue Reading Dec 30th | Evening Devotional...30 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.” Then Samuel took a stone and set it up between Mizpah and Shen. He named it Ebenezer, saying, “Thus far the Lord has helped us.” —1 Samuel 7:12 [NIV] The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing… Continue Reading Dec 29th | Morning Devotional...29 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“What think ye of Christ?” “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?” “The son of David,” they replied. —Matthew 22:42 [NIV] The great test of your soul’s health is, What think you of Christ? Is he to you “fairer… Continue Reading Dec 29th | Evening Devotional...29 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God.” I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I… Continue Reading Dec 28th | Morning Devotional...28 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“I came not to send peace on earth, but a sword.” Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. —Matthew 10:34 [NIV] The Christian will be sure to… Continue Reading Dec 28th | Evening Devotional...28 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“Can the rush grow up without mire?” Can papyrus grow tall where there is no marsh? Can reeds thrive without water? —Job 8:11 [NIV] The rush is spongy and hollow, and even so is a hypocrite; there is no substance or stability in… Continue Reading Dec 27th | Morning Devotional...27 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like
“And the LORD shall guide thee continually.” The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well-watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail. —Isaiah 58:11 [NIV]… Continue Reading Dec 27th | Evening Devotional...27 December, 2018 Daily Devotional 1 Like