The Widow’s Coin

Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a pharisee,
and the other a publican: the pharisee stood and prayed thus
with himself, God, I thank Thee, that I am not as other men are,
extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast
twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess. And the
publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his
eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful
to me a sinner. Luke 18:10-13.

Iin the beginning of this chapter you read of the reason of the parable
of the unjust judge and the poor widow; namely, to encourage men to pray.
He spake a parable to this end, that men ought always to pray and not
to faint. And a most sweet parable for that purpose it is: for if through
importunity, a poor widow-woman may prevail with an unjust judge; and
so consequently with an unmerciful and hardhearted tyrant; how much more
shall the poor, afflicted, distressed, and tempted people of God, prevail
with, and obtain mercy at the hands of a loving, just and merciful God?

The unjust judge would not hearken to, nor regard, the cry of the poor
widow for a while: “but afterward he said within himself, though I
fear not God, nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I
will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Hark,
saith Christ, “What the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge
his own elect, which cry day and night unto him?” I tell you, that
he will avenge them speedily.

This is therefore a very comfortable parable to such of the saints, that
are under hard usages by reason of evil men, their might, and tyranny.
For by it we are taught to believe and expect, that God, though for a
while he seemeth not to regard, yet will, in due time and season, arise
and set such in safety from them that puff at them. (Psa 12:5) let the
good Christian pray always; let him pray and not faint at seeming delays;
for if the widow by importunity prevailed with the unjust judge, how
much more shall he with his heavenly Father. “I tell you, [says Christ,]
that he will avenge them speedily.”

– John Bunyan, A Discourse on the Pharisee and the Publican

Jesus Alone We Will Exalt

1 JESUS alone we will exalt,
Jesus we will adore,
And Jesus only be our King
Both now and evermore.

2 His Righteousness our Glory and Boast,
His Power is our Might,
His dying Love the endless Source
Of everlasting Light.

3 Both great and glorious in his Name,
Great is his Love divine ;
And all the Glories of a God,
Do in his Person shine.

4 Soon as the Word goes from his Mouth
The Proud and Lofty fall
And Gifts and haughty Reason stoop
To Jesus all in all

5 O when that happy Day shall dawn
When my Corruption must,
Submit to his Almighty Power,
And moulder in the Dust ?

6 That all the Hills of Pride and Sin,
Each lofty Mountain may
Melt by his Love, and by Degrees
Consume and pine away.

– William Williams, Hosannah to the Son of David

Today’s Devotion

Meditation for This Evening by C. H. Spurgeon
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“Father, I have sinned.”–Luke 15:18.

IT is quite certain that those whom Christ has washed in His precious blood need not make a confession of sin, as culprits or criminals, before God the Judge, for Christ has for ever taken away all their sins in a legal sense, so that they no longer stand where they can be condemned, but are once for all accepted in the Beloved; but having become children, and offending as children, ought they not every day to go before their heavenly Father and confess their sin, and acknowledge their iniquity in that character? Nature teaches that it is the duty of erring children to make a confession to their earthly father, and the grace of God in the heart teaches us that we, as Christians, owe the same duty to our heavenly father. We daily offend, and ought not to rest without daily pardon. For, supposing that my trespasses against my Father are not at once taken to Him to be washed away by the cleansing power of the Lord Jesus, what will be the consequence? If I have not sought forgiveness and been washed from these offences against my Father, I shall feel at a distance from Him; I shall doubt His love to me; I shall tremble at Him; I shall be afraid to pray to Him: I shall grow like the prodigal, who, although still a child, was yet far off from his father. But if, with a child’s sorrow at offending so gracious and loving a Parent, I go to Him and tell Him all, and rest not till I realize that I am forgiven, then I shall feel a holy love to my Father, and shall go through my Christian career, not only as saved, but as one enjoying present peace in God through Jesus Christ my Lord. There is a wide distinction between confessing sin as a culprit, and confessing sin as a child. The Father’s bosom is the place for penitent confessions. We have been cleansed once for all, but our feet still need to be washed from the defilement of our daily walk as children of God.

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Charles H. Spurgeon, Morning and Evening
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