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For the morning of October 17th
by Charles H. Spurgeon

"And David said in his heart, I shall now perish one day by thehand of Saul." --1 Samuel 27:1

The thought of David's heart at this time was a false thought, because he certainly had no ground for thinking thatGod's anointing him by Samuel was intended to be left as anempty unmeaning act. On no one occasion had the Lord desertedHis servant; he had been placed in perilous positions veryoften, but not one instance had occurred in which divineinterposition had not delivered him. The trials to which he hadbeen exposed had been varied; they had not assumed one formonly, but many--yet in every case He who sent the trial had alsograciously ordained a way of escape. David could not put hisfinger upon any entry in his diary, and say of it, "Here isevidence that the Lord will forsake me," for the entire tenor ofhis past life proved the very reverse. He should have arguedfrom what God had done for him, that God would be his defenderstill. But is it not just in the same way that we doubt God'shelp? Is it not mistrust without a cause? Have we ever had theshadow of a reason to doubt our Father's goodness? Have not Hislovingkindnesses been marvellous? Has He once failed tojustify our trust? Ah, no! our God has not left us at any time.We have had dark nights, but the star of love has shone forthamid the blackness; we have been in stern conflicts, but overour head He has held aloft the shield of our defence. We havegone through many trials, but never to our detriment, always toour advantage; and the conclusion from our past experience is,that He who has been with us in six troubles, will not forsakeus in the seventh. What we have known of our faithful God,proves that He will keep us to the end. Let us not, then,reason contrary to evidence. How can we ever be so ungenerous asto doubt our God? Lord, throw down the Jezebel of ourunbelief, and let the dogs devour it.

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