He Has Pledged Himself to Us

Is not the LORD your God with you? – 1 Chronicles 22:18

…for He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. – Hebrews 13:5

It is the good pleasure of God to be with His people. He is our Father; and do not fathers love to be with their children? The loving father says, when he has little ones at home, “I will get back from my business early, that I may spend my evening with the family.” We feel ourselves happiest when, laying aside external cares, we leave the world, and rest with our loved ones at home; so God is at home with His people, as a Father He delights in His children. Remember how Divine Wisdom said, “My delights were with the sons of men.” It is a wonderful thing to be able to say, but God takes a great deal more pleasure in us than we do in Him; yet there seems in us nothing that can give Him pleasure, while in Him there is everything that can afford us delight. The Lord so loves His people that He is never long away from them. You know that dear relationship into which our Lord has entered with His Church; she is His bride, He loves her as He loves His own soul. In some respects, He loves her better than He loves Himself, for He gave Himself for her; and do you think that He is happy away from His bride, His spouse? It is not so; He saith to her, “Let Me see thy countenance, let Me hear thy voice; for sweet is thy voice, and thy countenance is comely;” and whenever she calls for Him, saying, “Let my Beloved come into His garden,” His quick answer is, “I am come into My garden, My sister, My spouse.” He so loves us that, when we shut the door against Him, He stands and knocks, and cries to us, “Open to Me, My sister, My love, My dove, My undefiled; for My head is filled with dew, and My locks with the drops of the night.” Do not think that He has gone from you when He loves you so as your Father, and as the Husband of your soul. Moreover, He will be with His Church in her work, because her work is His work; and wherever there is a heart on the earth, sanctified by the Holy Ghost, in sympathy and harmony with the heart of Christ, depend upon it He is assuredly there, for that sympathy and that harmony are created by His very presence. Well, then, as He has pledged Himself, and He is Himself pleased to be with His people, we believe the assertion which is implied in the enquiry, “Is not the Lord your God with you?” ~ C.H. Spurgeon


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