Bible Gems

May 5, 2008 at 19:01 o\clock

Gems for the Week

May 4

"I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for Thou, Lord, only makest me dwell in safety."  (Psalm 4:8)  
The Psalmist was "in distress" (verse 1), but by putting his trust "in the Lord" (verse 5), he could sleep "in peace" and live "in safety."  We read of peace and safety together in only one other verse in the Bible - "When they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them" (1 Thessalonians 5:3).  What a contrast!  Truly, "it is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man."  Which peace and safety are you counting on?  (W.P.W. McVey)
He that hath made his refuge God,
Shall find a most secure abode;
Shall walk all day beneath His shade,
And there at night shall hide his head.
N.J. Hiebert # 3329

May 5

"This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." 
(Matthew 3:17)
Sin is directly opposed to the nature of God.  The measure of this is the fact that the Son, in whom the Father was well pleased, was the Person whom Satan hated and whom his subjects maltreated and abused.  His perfections appalled the evil one and repelled sinners.  His obvious insight into the self-righteous heart, hit the mark and stirred up the wrath of men against Himself.  Wonderfully that wrath was changed to glory and His death brought forgiveness and ushered us into an intimate relationship with God Himself.  (Garry W. Seale)
Monarch of the smitten cheek,
Scorn of both the Jew and Greek,
Priest and King, divinely meek,
He shall bear the glory.
(William Blane)
N.J. Hiebert # 3330

May 6

"And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth (shuns) evil?" 
(Job 1:8) 
It is not the amount of truth that any man knows, on which his state before God turns, but the using of it excellently.  You will find men who know a great deal of truth utterly without principle; utterly without the fear of God.  You will find men who know a great deal, and all they use it for is merely to exalt themselves.  Sometimes for money, sometimes for a name.  But all that is most hateful to God.  Here we find a man (Job) that did not and could not know much in those days, but still he made the best use of it.  He lived in the faith of it, in the faith of God Himself; and the result was there was none like him in the earth - a perfect man and an upright man, "one that feared God and eschewed evil."  (W. Kelly) 
N.J. Hiebert # 3331