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

When Someone Dies…

Millais_-_Das_Tal_der_Stille“We need not waste our time in finding out the immediate causes of death. The will of God is cause enough. Nor is it difficult for him to bring it to pass. He ‘turns man to destruction’ by a word, (Ps. 90:3). He says, ‘I kill and I make alive,’ (Deut. 32:39. The righteous would not put the keys of death and of hell into other hands. –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 845

Religion Without Theology

58000000000258198_1920x1080“He who would have religion without theology would build a house without a foundation. The nature of God is the sole, solid ground on which to base our hopes for eternity, or our systems of morality. Let us not curiously pry into the inscrutable things of God. They are high as heaven, what can we know? deeper than hell, what can we do? But we must believe in God.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 845 (Ps. 90)

Both Just and Justifier

Colorful buildings in Burano island street Venice“How God can be just and yet justify the ungodly, how he can condemn sin and yet let the sinner go free, how he can declare and manifest his awful righteousness, and yet be righteous in bestowing life on the guilty, how he can magnify the law and make it honorable, while yet its penalty is not borne by transgressors but by their voluntary substitute, are but a few of the hard problems, which find solution in the cross of Christ. For near a half century I have been hearing and reading good discourses from time to time on this theme, yet it is as fresh and delightful as ever. Oh that I may see into it better before I die, and infinitely better after I die.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” (Ps. 85:10 “Lovingkindness and truth have met together; righteousness and peace have kissed each other.”) p. 805

Atheists and Miracles


“The reason why God never wrought a miracle to convince an atheist of the divine existence, is that the works of creation and providence are as wondrous as any miracle (Ps. 86:8). If men will not believe the former, neither would they the latter.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” p. 811

God Does Not Lack Means


“God is at no loss for means, instruments or agents. Heaven and earth, sea and land, mind and matter are full of them. If there be need, he will send an angel, or a multitude of the heavenly host, and they shall do his work. Jacob saw a ladder reaching from earth to heaven, and the angels ascending and descending on it. That ladder has never been removed. It might be seen at any time, if God would but open our eyes.” –William S. Plumer “Psalms” (Ps. 91) p. 854



“It is not only truth, but truth that can hardly be too deeply felt, that salvation is wholly of God’s mercy. None are heirs of salvation, but the vessels of mercy.  Grace made all the promises and grace will fulfil them. Grace provided a Saviour, and grace unites us to him. While life lasts we shall not be done asking for mercy. While eternity lasts, we shall not be done praising mercy.”–William S. Plumer “Psalms” (Ps. 85) p. 804

God’s Hidden Treasures

White_Sawan_or_Bhadon_pavilion“The safety of God’s people does not depend on their number, wit, prowess or inherent strength, but on him, who has made them his hidden ones (Ps. 83:3).  He that touches them touches the apple of his eye, Zech. 2:8.  In the time of trouble he shall hide them in his pavilion:  in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide them…They are the light of the world.  And yet they are God’s hidden ones.  They are hid in God.  The being, the providence, every perfection of God and every part of his word are chambers where the humble find refuge. They are God’s hidden ones, because they are secretly nourished, having meat to eat which the world knows not of.”  –William S. Plumer “Psalms” (Ps. 83) p. 791