Ever-present Help ( by C.H. Spurgeon)

Ever-present Help

“Hitherto hath the Lord helped us.”
1 Samuel 7:12

The word “hitherto” seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet, “hitherto the Lord hath helped!” Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health, at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea, in honour, in dishonour, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation, “hitherto hath the Lord helped us!” We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves; even so look down the long aisles of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys. Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received “hitherto.”

But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark and writes “hitherto,” he is not yet at the end, there is still a distance to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death. Is it over now? No! there is more yet-awakening in Jesus’ likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment, the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fulness of eternity, the infinity of bliss. O be of good courage, believer, and with grateful confidence raise thy “Ebenezer,” for–

He who hath helped thee hitherto

Will help thee all thy journey through.

When read in heaven’s light how glorious and marvellous a prospect will thy “hitherto” unfold to thy grateful eye!

‘…Let us…love one another…’


‘…Let us…love one another…’ 1 John 4:7

Love is slow to suspect but quick to trust; slow to condemn but quick to justify; slow to offend  but quick to defend; slow to expose but quick to shield; slow to reprimand but quick to  empathise; slow to belittle but quick to appreciate; slow to demand but quick to give; slow to  provoke but quick to help; slow to resent but quick to forgive. Jerry Cook talks about a  church where the people make the following pledge to each other: ‘I’ll never knowingly say  or do anything to hurt you. I’ll always, in every circumstance, seek to help and support you. If  you’re down and I can lift you, I’ll do that. If you need something and I have it, I’ll share it with  you. If I need to, I’ll give it to you. No matter what I find out about you, no matter what  happens in the future-either good or bad-my commitment to you will never change. And  there’s nothing you can do about it.’ 1 Corinthians 13:7 NKJV says love: 1) ‘Believes all  things.’ When someone you care about is called into question, love says, ‘That’s not the kind  of person they are; that’s not what they meant.’ 2) ‘Hopes all things.’ Love sees people not  just as they are, but as they can be through God’s grace. And if you let Him, God will  download that kind of love into your heart. 3) ‘Endures all things.’ The word ‘endure’ is a  military term. It means driving a stake into the ground. It’s like saying, ‘I’ll stand my ground in  loving you.’ Today, take the love that God has given to you, and give it to others.

Great Anointing

Great anointing       

And great suffering,

Go hand in hand

At His command.


Great affliction-


 Greet your station,

When you’re in motion.



But you can’t stop

‘Cos of what’s up.

Got to press on,

‘Cos of the Son.


It may look bleak,

And you may leak,

Know, His blood speaks,

For you that’s weak.


Affliction comes,

Oft in big sums.

Never give up;

He’ll fill your cup.


Ps3 A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. His chief counsellor, Ahitophel, and many others defected, Shimei cursed him, threw dust on him. David covered his head in shame as he crossed the brook Kidron, running away from his palace into another land as a fugitive. He allow Absalom to return to the land after he fled following the killing of his brother and after pleading to see his father’s face when he returned. This was how he repaid him- dethroning him. Yet was able to write this psalm which is now a blessing to us


1 LORD, how they have increased who trouble me! Many are they who rise up against me.

Many are they who say of me, “There is no help for him in God.” Selah

 3 But You, O LORD, are a shield for me, My glory and the One who lifts up my head

4 I cried to the LORD with my voice, And He heard me from His holy hill. Selah

5 I lay down and slept; I awoke, for the LORD sustained me.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people Who have set themselves against me all around.