December 29, 2009

Looking ahead, by looking back...

This is what I saw when I read Spurgeon this morning...

Hitherto hath the Lord helped us. 1 Sam. 7:12 (KJV)

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

We delight to look down a long avenue of trees. It is delightful to gaze from end to 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'.

And remember...

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

Have a blessed and grace-filled 2010!
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1 comment:

  1. There's an African word for it: Sankofa (our denomination does Sankofa trips with a racially mixed group to the south the civil rights sights as part of their racial reconciliation program)