Allusion To Mercy

“The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.”
— Psalms 126:3

Some Christians are sadly prone to look on the dark side of everything,
and to dwell more upon what they have gone through than upon what God
has done for them. Ask for their impression of the Christian life, and
they will describe their continual conflicts, their deep afflictions,
their sad adversities, and the sinfulness of their hearts, yet with
scarcely any allusion to the mercy and help which God has vouchsafed
them. But a Christian whose soul is in a healthy state, will come
forward joyously, and say, “I will speak, not about myself, but to the
honour of my God. He hath brought me up out of an horrible pit, and out
of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my
goings: and he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our
God. The Lord hath done great things for me, whereof I am glad.” Such
an abstract of experience as this is the very best that any child of
God can present. It is true that we endure trials, but it is just as
true that we are delivered out of them. It is true that we have our
corruptions, and mournfully do we know this, but it is quite as true
that we have an all-sufficient Saviour, who overcomes these
corruptions, and delivers us from their dominion. In looking back, it
would be wrong to deny that we have been in the Slough of Despond, and
have crept along the Valley of Humiliation, but it would be equally
wicked to forget that we have been through them safely and profitably;
we have not remained in them, thanks to our Almighty Helper and Leader,
who has brought us “out into a wealthy place.” The deeper our troubles,
the louder our thanks to God, who has led us through all, and preserved
us until now. Our griefs cannot mar the melody of our praise, we reckon
them to be the bass part of our life’s song, “He hath done great things
for us, whereof we are glad.”

-Charles Spurgeon, Morning and Evening

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