Charles’s quotes

"It is surely ours to combine these elements of mourning for sin and joy in our salvation in one complex and composite experience which keeps us perpetually humble and yet perpetually joyful too."— Rev William Still

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

"I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live" (Psalm 146:2).

"I will praise the Lord all my life. I will sing to the Lord as long as I live" (Psalm 146:2). 
Praising the Lord is not a passing phase - something that grabs our interest and then, later on, we lose interest and stop praising him. Praising the Lord - this is for the whole of our life. As we travel on our journey through life, the Lord is teaching us to praise him.  

Monday, 30 January 2017

"Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom" (Psalm 145:13).

We read about kings. Some were good kings. Some were bad kings. None could even begin to compare with Jesus, the King of our salvation, the King who brings us into his kingdom, the King who brings salvation to us.

Sunday, 29 January 2017

I will sing a new song ... Great is the Lord ...

"I will sing a new song to You, O God ... the One who gives salvation ... Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving. Sing praises ... to our God" (Psalm 144:9-10; Psalm 147:7). "Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised" (Psalm 145:1-3).
The God whom we worship is so much greater than the worship we bring to Him.

Saturday, 28 January 2017

It's God's love that lifts us out of Satan's pit.

"For the enemy has pursued my soul; he has crushed my life to the ground; he has made me sit in darkness like those long dead. Therefore my spirit faints within me; my heart within me is appalled" (Psalm 143:3-4). "Deliver me from my enemies, O Lord! I have fled to you for refuge" (Psalm 143:9). "And in your steadfast love you will cut off my enemies, and you will destroy all the adversaries of my soul, for I am your servant" (Psalm 143:12).
Beyond our human enemies, there is the enemy - Satan. He is a powerful enemy. There is a greater power. It's the power of God's love. We're attacked by Satan. We're loved by God. It's God's love that lifts us out of Satan's pit.

Friday, 27 January 2017

"O Lord, listen to my prayer. Open your ears to hear my urgent requests. Answer me because you are faithful and righteous" (Psalm 143:1).

The Psalmist doesn't say, 'Answer me because I am faithful and righteous.' He prays, "O Lord ... Answer me because you are faithful and righteous." God is faithful. We fail him.He never fails us. When we let him down, he lifts us up.

Thursday, 26 January 2017

"When I begin to lose hope, you already know what I am experiencing" (Psalm 142:3).

For God, there are no surprises. We are caught out - when things go wrong. We say, "I never expected this." God is ready for everything - and he gives us what we need.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

"O Lord, You have examined me and You know me ... Examine me, O God, and know my mind" (Psalm 139:1, 23).

This Psalm begins with a statement about God, and ends with a prayer to Him. In prayer, we say our Amen to God. We look into God's Word, and we learn about God. He is the God of perfect holiness. In prayer, we say to the Lord, "We want to be more like You."

Monday, 23 January 2017

I will make music ... You made me bold ...

"I will make music to You in front of the false gods" (Psalm 138:1).
We live in an age of pluralism, but we must remain single-minded in our devotion to the Lord.
"You made me bold by strengthening my soul" (Psalm 138:3). 
We come to the Lord in weakness. He give us his strength.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

"God's love endures for ever" (Psalm 136:1).

God loves us. He’s always reaching out to us. He’s calling us to return to Him. He’s inviting us to come and be blessed by Him. When we resist His call and rebel against Him, we miss out on His blessings – the forgiveness of our sins and new life in Christ. We receive these blessings through faith in Christ. Our rebellion against God doesn’t mean that God stops loving us – He keeps on reaching out to us. He keeps on calling us to return to Him – but it does mean that we miss out on the enjoyment of the blessings He’s calling us to receive through faith in Christ.

Saturday, 21 January 2017

"May Your priests be clothed with Your righteousness; may Your faithful people sing for joy" (Psalm 132:9).

We need "righteousness" and "joy" - not righteousness without joy, not joy without righteousness. What is "righteousness", if there's no "joy"? It's Pharisaism. What is "joy" without "righteousness"? Is it really "the joy of the Lord"? No! "The joy of the Lord" gives us "strength" to live for the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10). "The joy of the Lord" is always more than a nice feeling. The joy of the Lord changes us.

Friday, 20 January 2017

"But with You there is forgiveness so that You can be feared" (Psalm 130:4).

There is a sense in which forgiveness means the end of fear -  "There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus" (Romans 8:1). When we are rejoicing in God's salvation, we rejoice in this - "perfect love casts out fear" (1 John 4:18).
There is another sense in which "the fear of the Lord" (Proverbs 1:7) continues after we've been forgiven. Filled with with thanksgiving to God for His free gift of salvation, we seek to glorify the Lord in our lives. Loving the Lord, who first loved us (1 John 4:19), we pray that He will keep us close to Himself. There will be times when we're looking to the Lord to lead us in His way - "This is the way, walk in it" (Isaiah 30:21). There will be times when we need to hear the word of warning - This is not the way. Do not walk in it. "The fear of the Lord" keeps us from thinking that we're closer to the Lord than we really are. It reminds us that we must keep on coming to the foot of the Cross of Christ. At the Cross, we rejoice in the love of our Saviour. We receive reassurance that "there is no condemnation for those who are  in Christ Jesus." At the Cross, we are challenged by the holiness of our Saviour. He calls us back from "walking in the flesh." He calls us to keep on "walking in the Spirit" (Galatians 5:16).  

Thursday, 19 January 2017

"Our help is in the name of the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth" (Psalm 124:8).

Everything in this psalm leads to this final verse - God is "the maker of heaven and earth" - and he is also "our help."

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

“I rejoiced with those who said to me, ‘Let us go to the House of the Lord.’ Our feet are standing in your gates, Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:2).

* Standing – in the House of the Lord! In life’s many trying times, we are put to the test – Will we stand? Will we fall? * Standing – in the House of the Lord! Let’s never imagine that we can stand in our own strength – “If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!” (1 Corinthians 10:12). * Standing – in the House of the Lord: We stand when we put our trust in the Lord. We stand when we build our life on Him.

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Why? Why? Why?

Even when we don’t understand, we can still say, ‘My help comes from the Lord’ (Psalm 121:2).

Monday, 16 January 2017

"O Lord, Your Word is established in heaven forever. Your faithfulness endures throughout every generation" (Psalm 119:89-90).

God has given us His Word. From His Word, we learn that He is faithful. His Word lifts us out of our this-worldly thinking. It gives us a glimpse of God's heavenly and eternal Kingdom. As we travel towards God's Kingdom, we trust in His faithfulness to keep us safe until the end of our earthly journey.

Sunday, 15 January 2017

God's Word is "a lamp to our feet and a light to our path" (Psalm 119:105).

God has "wondrous things" to teach us as we pray "Open my eyes that I may see" (Psalm 119:18,11). "May God's blessing surround you each day, as you trust Him and walk in His way. May His presence within guard and keep you from sin, go in peace, go in joy, go in love." "Not unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but to Your Name give glory, because of Your mercy and Your truth" (Psalm 115:1).

Saturday, 14 January 2017

"Let Your blessings reach me, O Lord. Save me as You promised" (Psalm 119:41).

We count our blessings. We name them on by one - and it surprises us what the Lord has done for us. None of our many blessings can even begin to compare with the greatest blessing of all - salvation. When we thank God for His many blessings, may we never forget to thank Him for His greatest blessing - our Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ.

Friday, 13 January 2017

"This is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes" (Psalm 118:23).

When we think of all that the Lord has done for us, let us think also of what He will do for us. Let us look back with thanksgiving. Let us look forward with hope.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

There are some things that are worth repeating!

There are some things that are worth repeating! The story of God’s amazing grace is worth repeating over and over again – ‘Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress’(Psalm 107:6, 13, 19, 28). The call to praise the Lord is also something we need to hear again and again – ‘Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for men’(Psalm 107:8, 15, 21, 31). Let us ‘consider the great love of the Lord.’ Let us ‘give thanks to the Lord’ (Psalm 107:43, 1). ‘The great love of God is revealed in the Son, who came to this earth to redeem every one. That love, like a stream flowing clear to the sea, makes clean every heart that from sin would be free… It’s yours, it is ours, O how lavishly given! The pearl of great price, and the treasure of heaven!’ (Daniel Thambyrajah Niles).

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

"Who can speak about all the mighty things the Lord has done? Who can announce all the things for which He is worthy of praise?" (Psalm 106:2).

There is always more to be said about the Lord than we can ever say. When we have said all that we can say, we have not said enough. The Lord is always greater than all our words about Him. How great is our God! How great is His mighty work of salvation! Praise be to His Name - the Name of our salvation.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Sing To The Lord.

May God help each of us to “sing to the Lord.” May we “sing praise to Him.” May we “glory in His holy Name.” May we “rejoice” in Him. May we come to Him in our weakness and find our new “strength” in Him (Psalm 105:2-4).

Monday, 9 January 2017

"But You, O Lord, remain forever" (Psalm 102:12).

Times change - but our God doesn't change. He's unchanged, unchanging and unchangeable - in His great love for us. His love doesn't come and go - sometimes up, sometimes down. His love remains forever. This is Good News for sinners. We have wandered far from Him - but He hasn't stopped loving us. He keeps on loving us. He's calling us to return to Him. He's calling us to make a new beginning with Him. This is love - and it gives us great hope for the future. Without His love, a New Year is just another year - more wandering around in the wilderness without really knowing where we're going. With His love, everything changes. His love changes everything. We move forward into the future with confidence in this: the Lord remains forever - and His love remains forever. Thank You, Lord, for Your great love. We don't deserve to be loved by You - but You keep on loving us. This fills our hearts with gladness - and with much hope for the future into which You are leading us.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

"Exalt the Lord our God, And worship at His holy hill; For the Lord our God is holy" (Psalm 99:9).

We read about the people who worship God, the place where we worship Him, and the God whom we worship.
"Exalt the Lord our God" - We are called to worship God. We are the worshippers. He is the Lord our God. There is nothing special about our worship. Even when we worship, we must never forget that we are never any more than sinners who have been saved by God's grace. When we hear the call: "Exalt the Lord our God", we must always remember this: God is not exalted because we exalt Him. We exalt Him because He is exalted.
"Worship at His holy hill" - Why do we think of the place where we worship as a holy place? Is it because we, the worshippers, are holy. No! Let's never imagine that we are more holy than we really are. Any holiness we may have has been given to us by God through Christ (1 Corinthians 1:30). We are never perfectly holy. When are called to "pursue ... holiness, without which no one will see the Lord" (Hebrews 12:14), we must begin by looking away from ourselves to our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He alone can "ascend the hill of the Lord." He alone "has clean hands and a pure heart." He alone can "ascend the hill of the Lord." He alone can stand in God's holy place. He alone will "receive blessing from the Lord" (Psalm 24:3-5). There is, however, something else which Scripture teaches us about Christ. It is something very wonderful: "Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners" (1 Timothy 1:15). He comes to us in love. He forgives our sin. He renews our strength. He leads us in His paths of righteousness. The holiness of the place where we worship comes from the God whom we worship, the God who loves, the God who has saved us, the God who has forgiven our sins, the God who has sent His Holy Spirit to live in our hearts.
"For the Lord our God is holy" - Holiness: if this was all we had to say about God, we would have to say, "We dare not even attempt to set foot on "His holy hill." Thank God - There is another "holy hill" where we see His love as well as His holiness: "On a hill far away stood an old rugged cross ... where the dearest and best for a world of lost sinners was slain ... 'twas on that old cross Jesus suffered and died to pardon and sanctify me." God is holy - and, in love, He calls us to come to Him, to receive His forgiveness, to walk with Him on "the Highway of Holiness" (Isaiah 35:8).

The Joy Of The Lord

"Zion hears about this and rejoices" (Psalm 97:8).
God's Word brings joy. True joy is not something that we can give to ourselves. It must be given to us by the Lord. This joy - the joy of the Lord - gets stronger and stronger as we listen to the Word  of the Lord and receive its message with faith and obedience.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Sing to the Lord a new song! The Lord is great!

"Sing to the Lord a new song!" (Psalm 96:1).
Singing a new song to the Lord - What does this mean?  Does it mean that we should stop singing songs that were written a long time ago? Does it mean that we should only songs that have just been written? Singing a new song to the Lord - Let's think a bit more deeply about this. God has given us "a new heart" (Ezekiel 36:26).  Let us sing to him - from a new heart. Then, our song will be a new song - even if the words we sing have been around for many years.

"The Lord is great!" (Psalm 96:4).
Think of the greatness of God. Think, especially, of the greatness of his love. He loves us with "an everlasting love" (Jeremiah 31:3). This is the greatest love. This is the best love - the everlasting love of God.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

The Lord is 'able to keep us from falling.' We are 'kept by the power of God.'

Psalm 94:12-13 - God disciplines  us (v. 12) and he gives us his peace (v. 13). In our "days of adversity" (v. 13), let us not think that God has abandoned us, He has not left us. He is with us. In love, He is leading us closer to himself. "When I said, “My foot is slipping”, Your love, O Lord, supported me" (Psalm 94:18).
The Lord is 'able to keep us from falling' (Jude 24-25). We are 'kept by the power of God' (1 Peter 1:3-5). Putting our trust in the Lord, we may be confident of this: 'God, who began His good work in us, will carry it through to completion on the Day of Jesus Christ' (Philippians 1:6). As we 'press on', we must never forget this: 'It is God who works in us to will and to work according to His good purpose' (Philippians 3:14; 2:13). 'Let us fix our eyes on Jesus', trusting in His promise: 'My sheep listen to My voice ... I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no-one shall snatch them out of My hand' (Hebrews 12:2; John 10:27-30).

What are we to do, Lord, when we think that You're against us?

Job 9:20-10:22 What are we to do, Lord, when, like Job, we think that You are “against” us (Job 10:2)? Where do such negative thoughts ...