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Morning and Evening

For the morning of May 31st
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"The king also himself passed over the brook Kidron." --2 Samuel 15:23

David passed that gloomy brook when flying with his mourningcompany from his traitor son. The man after God's own heart wasnot exempt from trouble, nay, his life was full of it. He wasboth the Lord's Anointed, and the Lord's Afflicted. Why thenshould we expect to escape? At sorrow's gates the noblest of ourrace have waited with ashes on their heads, wherefore thenshould we complain as though some strange thing had happenedunto us?

The KING of kings himself was not favoured with a more cheerful or royal road. He passed over the filthy ditch ofKidron, through which the filth of Jerusalem flowed. God hadone Son without sin, but not a single child without the rod. Itis a great joy to believe that Jesus has been tempted in allpoints like as we are. What is our Kidron this morning? Is it afaithless friend, a sad bereavement, a slanderous reproach, adark foreboding? The King has passed over all these. Is itbodily pain, poverty, persecution, or contempt? Over each ofthese Kidrons the King has gone before us. "In all ourafflictions He was afflicted." The idea of strangeness in ourtrials must be banished at once and for ever, for He who is theHead of all saints, knows by experience the grief which we thinkso peculiar. All the citizens of Zion must be free of theHonourable Company of Mourners, of which the Prince Immanuel isHead and Captain.

Notwithstanding the abasement of David, he yet returned in triumph to his city, and David's Lord arose victorious from thegrave; let us then be of good courage, for we also shall win theday. We shall yet with joy draw water out of the wells ofsalvation, though now for a season we have to pass by thenoxious streams of sin and sorrow. Courage, soldiers of theCross, the King himself triumphed after going over Kidron, andso shall you.

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