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August 4 Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 15-17
“Thy Word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart.”
Jeremiah 15 pronounces judgment well deserved upon a people who have forsaken Jehovah and gone “a whoring after their idols” and “with their own inventions,” worshipping “the works of their hands.” Yet, our ever gracious God promises, “Verily, it shall be well with thy remnant.” Blessed be his name, it is always well with his elect remnant! His promise is, “I will deliver thee…and I will redeem thee.”
At the end of the 16th chapter, the Lord God promises to work a deliverance even greater than his deliverance of Israel out of Egypt. He will deliver all his chosen, the whole “Israel of God,” “from all the lands whither he had driven them. ” “And so all Israel shall be saved!”
In the 17th chapter the folly and sin of carnal confidence, and the blessedness and security of all who trust Christ are beautifully set forth. And the Lord’s knowledge of the heart is strikingly insisted upon as an evidence of his sovereignty.
“Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.” — In the midst of judgment, let us see and remember the blessedness pointing us to our Lord Jesus in these chapters, and feast upon him. Though Samuel and Moses are not intercessors for our souls, though Abraham be ignorant of us, and though Israel acknowledgeth us not, yet our blessed Savior, the Lord Jesus, has stood and forever stands in the gap, having obtained eternal redemption for us.
Here then, amidst all the calamities of life, whether in private or public, nationally or individually, here would I rest and make my plea, my only plea, for I need no other. Looking to God my Father in Christ, I would say, both for myself and God’s elect,— “Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed” (Psalm 84:9). Will you not, O Lord Jesus, take up the cause of your people?
Though our iniquities testify against us, and our sins are inexcusable, such is the everlasting and eternal efficacy of your blood and righteousness; such their infinite merit, that they plead more for us than all our sins can plead against us.
Oh, how I treasure your word, O my God, your Word concerning your dear Son, wherein you have caused me to hope. “Thy words were found, and I did eat them; and thy word was unto me the joy and rejoicing of mine heart: for I am called by thy name, O Lord God of hosts.”
Blessed Holy Ghost, by your grace, by your teaching, by your revelation, I have found Christ my Savior, the uncreated Word. Blessed Lord Jesus, Divine Word, dwell evermore in my heart. Give me faith ever to feast upon you, O Bread of Life! Make me, as you did your prophet, as a fenced brazen wall, strong in your grace all-sufficient, and strong in faith that is in Christ Jesus. Ever be with me to save me and to deliver me, O Lord. Give me grace ever to cease from my works, and, trusting Christ alone, to hallow Christ my Sabbath, resting in him.