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ConqueredbyLove
Dec 31st 2008, 07:16 PM
"Hitherto hath the Lord helped us"


The word "hitherto" seems like a hand pointing in the direction of the past. Twenty years or seventy, and yet "hitherto hath the Lord helped us!" Through poverty, through wealth, through sickness, through health; at home, abroad, on the land, on the sea; in honor, in dishonor, in perplexity, in joy, in trial, in triumph, in prayer, in temptation--"hitherto hath the Lord helped!"


We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from one end of the long vista, a sort of verdant temple, with its branching pillars and its arches of leaves. Even so look down the long aisles of your years, at the green boughs of mercy overhead, and the strong pillars of lovingkindness and faithfulness which bear up your joys.


Are there no birds in yonder branches singing? Surely, there must be many, and they all sing of mercy received "hitherto."


But the word also points forward. For when a man gets up to a certain mark, and writes "hitherto," he is not yet at the end; there are still distances to be traversed. More trials, more joys; more temptations, more triumphs; more prayers, more answers; more toils, more strength; more fights, more victories; and then come sickness, old age, disease, death.


Is it over now? No! there is more yet--awakening in Jesus' likeness, thrones, harps, songs, psalms, white raiment the face of Jesus, the society of saints, the glory of God, the fullness of eternity, the infinity of bliss. Oh, be of good courage, believer, and with grateful confidence raise thy "Ebenezer," for,


"He who hath helped thee hitherto
Will help thee all thy journey through."


When read in Heaven's light, how glorious and marvelous a prospect will thy "hitherto" unfold to thy grateful eye. --C. H. Spurgeon


The Alpine shepherds have a beautiful custom of ending the day by singing to one another an evening farewell. The air is so crystalline that the song will carry long distances. As the dusk begins to fall, they gather their flocks and begin to lead them down the mountain paths, singing, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. Let us praise His name!"


And at last with a sweet courtesy, they sing to one another the friendly farewell: "Goodnight! Goodnight!" The words are taken up by the echoes, and from side to side the song goes reverberating sweetly and softly until the music dies away in the distance.


So let us call out to one another through the darkness, till the gloom becomes vocal with many voices, encouraging the pilgrim host. Let the echoes gather till a very storm of Hallelujahs break in thundering waves around the sapphire throne, and then as the morning breaks we shall find ourselves at the margin of the sea of glass, crying, with the redeemed host, "Blessing and honor and glory be unto him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever!"


"This my song through endless ages,
Jesus led me all the way."


This classic devotional is the unabridged edition of Streams in the Desert. This first edition was published in 1925 and the wording is preserved as originally written.


Mrs. Charles Cowan

9Marksfan
Jan 1st 2009, 09:38 AM
Lovely post - praying for you and trusting that 2009 will be a year of unexpected blessing for you! :pray:

MercyChild
Jan 1st 2009, 12:59 PM
:hug::hug:............such a good reminder, of things still waiting ahead......:hug:

ConqueredbyLove
Jan 1st 2009, 07:12 PM
Oh, look at the two precious souls that replied to my post :hug: :kiss: :hug:

I am so grateful to have met you and other wonderful saints on this forum! I know I could not have made it through the past year without the prayers and encouragement of you and others!

I just love the last part of that devotional so I am going to re-post it. Let us continue to call out to each other; strengtening, encouraging and just loving on one another!

I so look foward to the day when in Heaven we are all before our beautiful Saviour's throne together, worshipping, adoring Him with all our pain and weariness in the past. I so look foward to looking to my left and seeing dear saints that I know, in perfect bliss, and to my right seeing others I know in perfect joy...The Apostle Paul will be there with us, and the Apostle John.......and Abraham......oh, can you imagine :pp


"The Alpine shepherds have a beautiful custom of ending the day by singing to one another an evening farewell. The air is so crystalline that the song will carry long distances. As the dusk begins to fall, they gather their flocks and begin to lead them down the mountain paths, singing, "Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. Let us praise His name!"



And at last with a sweet courtesy, they sing to one another the friendly farewell: "Goodnight! Goodnight!" The words are taken up by the echoes, and from side to side the song goes reverberating sweetly and softly until the music dies away in the distance.



So let us call out to one another through the darkness, till the gloom becomes vocal with many voices, encouraging the pilgrim host. Let the echoes gather till a very storm of Hallelujahs break in thundering waves around the sapphire throne, and then as the morning breaks we shall find ourselves at the margin of the sea of glass, crying, with the redeemed host, "Blessing and honor and glory be unto him that sitteth on the throne and to the Lamb forever and ever!"



"This my song through endless ages,
Jesus led me all the way."


AMEN and AMEN!