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Lord’s Day 06/20 forsake me not

I will keep your statutes; do not utterly forsake me! (Psalm 119:8 ESV)

Forsaken we may be—but not utterly. David was forsaken, not like Saul. Peter was forsaken, not like Judas, utterly and forever. What foreboding have you of such desertion? Is your heart willing to forsake Him? Have you no mournings and thirstings for His return? “If, indeed, you forsake Him, He will forsake you.” But can you forsake Him? ‘Let Him do as seems good to Him (is the language of your heart); I will wait for Him, follow after Him, cleave to His word, cling to His cross.’ Mark His dealings with you. Inquire into their reason. Submit to His dispensation. If He forsakes, beg His return: but trust your forsaking God. “Though He slays me, yet will I trust in Him.” Though my comfort is clouded, my hope remains unchanging, unchangeable—such as I would not resign for the glory of an earthly kingdom. What are these earnest breathings—this abiding confidence, but His own work in us? And can the Lord “forsake the work of His own hands?” Sooner should heaven and earth pass, than the faithful engagements of the gospel be thus broken.
[Exposition of Psalm 119 by Charles Bridges, 1827. Verse 8.]

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The above article was posted on June 19, 2010 by Mark Lamprecht.
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