William Plumer

Regeneration — the Hope of Fallen Man


“Because that which is born of the flesh is flesh, and only that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, therefore regeneration, called also a resurrection, a translation, a passing from death unto life, a new creation…is the only hope of fallen man. …How else can the love of sin be cured? How else can the love of God be shed abroad within us?”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 563

Still They Speak


Delivered From Many Troubles


“Seldom do troubles come alone, and as seldom are God’s deliverances from one trouble only. Often does God draw his loved ones out of many waters. He can save from a world of troubles as easily as from one. Nor does our inability to help ourselves make the displays of God’s power less but more illustrious. Whether he saves by means, or without means, or contrary to means, he is still our deliverer.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 249


Good Soldiers Are Not Made In Parlors


“To what great straits even good men are often brought. The sorrows of death and of hell, the floods of ungodly men and the snares of death surround and beset them. In this way they are disciplined and made courageous. Good soldiers are not made in parlors. The fearful strife of the battle-field is necessary to show who is calm and valorous. It is no small mercy that God lets us triumph in many a conflict before the last great battle is fought.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 248


Praising God

“Many a prayer is hindered because while it supplicates blessings, it fails to adore God for what he is and to thank him for what he has already done.  Morison: ‘What honor has been put upon prayer and praise in every age! They have been as a mystic ladder between heaven and earth, upon which the angels of mercy have been ascending and descending.’ Luther: ‘One cannot believe what a powerful assistance such praise of God is in pressing danger. For the moment thou wilt begin to praise God, the evil also will begin to abate, the consoled heart will grow, and then will follow the calling upon God with confidence.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 248


To Deny the Existence of God…


“It must ever be utterly impossible for men to arrive at a settled conclusion that there is no God. The phenomena of nature often so grand and terrific must themselves invest with uncertainty so monstrous a proposition, if in no other way at least in this, by raising the question whether the cause that produces so great effects might not do things that would satisfy the most incredulous that there is a First Cause, a Being whose existence is uncaused?”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 249


In All Acts of Worship

17000000000240284_1920x1080“In all acts of worship let us summon our whole nature to the work; let our intellects know God, our wills choose him, our hearts go out after him, our confidence lean on him, our love delight in him, our tongues praise him, and our hands clap for joy in him. Let us worship him neither ignorantly, nor superstitiously, nor hypocritically, nor irreverently.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 917


Beware of the Future

800px-The_Last_of_the_Spirits-John_Leech,_1843“Let all beware of deluding themselves with a reliance on the future of this life as likely to afford more enjoyment than their experience of the past…Bickersteth: ‘The young expect to find it when grown up and their own masters. Parents, when their children are settled and provided for. The merchant, when wealth is acquired, and independence secured. The laborer, when his day’s or week’s toil is ended. The ambitious, in gaining power and reputation. The covetous, in gaining money to supply all his wants. The lover of pleasure in earthly enjoyments.  The sick, in health. The student, in gaining knowledge.’ ” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 75


The Temporary Lives of Man

398px-A_view_of_a_field_in_the_foreground_with_wind_turbines_and_city_scape_in_the_background“Man is like grass: we ought not to be startled at anything reminding us of our own frailty and mortality. All scripture and all history teach us that though man flourish as a flower for a moment, still he must soon wither like the grass. Blessed is he who habitually needs not to be reminded that he must die; and yet so far from being dejected thereby betakes himself to the Almighty, and in him finds friend, refuge, husband, Redeemer.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” Ps. 103 p. 919


He Knows What We Are Made Of

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“For He knows what we are made of, how we are formed, He knows our frame, He is mindful, remembers that we are dust.  This knowledge of God embraces our contitutional temperament, the feebleness of our understanding, the strength of our fears, the shattered state of our nerves, the violence of temptations, our readiness to sink into melancholy, and everything calling for tender compassions.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” Psalm 103 p. 916


God is Sovereign…Man Is Not


“It is a blessed truth that all nature is under the control of God, and especially that all things are put under Christ to the glory of God, and the establishment of the reign of grace, (Ps. 95:4-5). If an atom or an agent, if life or death, if Satan or Gabriel, the sea or the dry land, the mountain tops or the deep abysses were beyond divine control, then a good man might suffer too much for his good, be tried beyond the power of endurance, or die before his time. But now such things are not possible.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 876