United as the Church

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“God gets his chief honor on earth, from having amongst us an organized church, a people publicly united in his service, as in the temple, still more in the gospel church.  She is the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the depository of the truth, the witness for God and Christ, the conservator of good morals, good manners and true religion.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” (Psalm 68) p. 672

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/05/29/the-gospel-church/

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Declare His Glory

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“Declare his glory among the heathen, his wonders among all people.  Psalm 96:3  …we are to employ all proper means for making known the Saviour.  One of these methods is by writing.  His glory and his wonders are the same (John 2:11).  His divinity, incarnation, birth, life, miracles, teachings, example, death, resurrection, ascension, session at God’s right hand and coming to judgment, are his wonders and his glory too.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 878

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/04/09/declare-his-glory/

Trials Followed by Blessings

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“The generation that grew up under those great displays of wrath and mercy in the wilderness was the best generation of Jews that ever lived. So God himself testifies, Jer. 2:2-3. Its influence for good was long felt among the tribes. If the Israelites had trials in the wilderness for forty years, these were followed by long centuries of amazing blessings in their own land.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” Ps. 90:15 — p. 844

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2018/02/27/trials-followed-by-blessings/

God’s Resources Are Infinite

78000000000258416_1920x1080“Like his attributes, God’s resources are infinite. He has many on earth, of which we wot not. And he has all heaven beside. And if heaven and earth were all gone, he has himself. It is always safe to expect him to save by raising up instruments and messengers here below, or by sending them from heaven. Dickson: ‘If ordinary means fail, faith assureth itself of God’s working wonders for perfecting his promises.’ ”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 597

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/12/19/gods-resources-are-infinite/

The Study of Providence

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“Like many other Scriptures, [Psalm 108] calls us to the study of providence. It is God that gives peace, wholesome air, a good climate, seasonable showers; and that for their sins sends on men sore calamities. His kingdom ruleth over all. Not chance, but the Almighty governs the world. Blessed is he who see God in history and in nature as well as in revelation. Let us hold fast the truth on this doctrine so fundamental to right thinking, sound theology, solid peace, a holy life and a happy death.”–William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 962

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/12/12/the-study-of-providence/

A Little Atom of Dust

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“There is no hope that any man will be able to behave wisely, to keep his good resolutions, or even to seek salvation, except as he is inclined and strengthened thereunto by God, who upholds him. The best of us is as a rag. But with help from on high we can do wonders, Heb. 11:33-38.  Arnd: ‘God holds heaven and earth with his hand, he will therefore be able both to hold up and to bear such a little atom of dust as thou art.’ ”

–William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 634

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/12/07/little-atom-of-dust/

Genuine Devotion

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Whatever be our circumstances let us not forget that our duty continually calls us to bless and praise the Lord with joyful lips. Genuine devotion is something that affects the heart. It has in it the fire of love. It moves the affections.”

“In following hard after God, our great aim should be to be intent upon knowing him, serving and pleasing him, being accepted of him, being made like unto him, longing for his fellowship and the light of his countenance, and seeking to be forever with him.”
–William S. Plumer “Psalms”p. 634

Regeneration — the Hope of Fallen Man

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“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

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Delivered From Many Troubles

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“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

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/10/16/many-waters/

Good Soldiers Are Not Made In Parlors

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“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

https://stilltheyspeak.wordpress.com/2017/10/13/good-soldiers-are-not-made-in-parlors/