Second Day: "The Lord IS my shepherd."
HE is our present helper. There is such a tendency to put him out of our
lives. In truth he is with us all the time; in practical experience he
is in the heavens, and we only wait for the day when we shall see him.
But he is yours today; "Lo, I am with you alway" is for you now.
Cultivate the habit of thinking of him as at your side. Speak to him as
if he were your dearest friend. Walk with him; go only where he would go
or you could take him. Take no step of which he could not approve. He will
thus become your present help in every time of trouble and of need.
"Sometimes I'm faint and weary; He knows that I am weak;
And, as he bids me lean on him, His help I gladly seek;
He leads me in the paths of light, Beneath a sunny sky;
And so we walk together, My Lord and I."
We sometimes make the mistake of setting our stakes too far ahead, as marking
out the time when we shall have fellowship with him; but for to-morrow
and its needs we need not pray, but "just for today."
Let this day mark a new experience. Begin the day by appropriating him,
with all that that means for he is yours. Then set the mark on until
ten o'clock, and say, "For those two hours I will walk in the thought
that he is mine. Then lengthen the time until the noon hour; and whatsoever
you do, whether you eat or drink or whatsoever you do, do all to the glory
of God. If half the day may be thus lived, the whole day may be.
In all this time make every act of yours true worship. As you cleanse your
hands, let it draw you to him whose blood may keep you unspotted from the
world; as you put on your garments, let it remind you of him whom you have
been commanded "to put on"; as you drink, forget not him who
said, "I am the water of life"; and, as you eat, call to your
remembrance your Lord who said, "I am the bread of life; he that cometh
to me shall never hunger." Dr. Floyd Tompkins says, "Thus every
act of every day may be like a sacrament." And a day thus lived, if
repeated for a week, may become the habit of your life, and all because
the Lord IS yours.
SUGGESTIONS FOR TODAY.
1. Do not live in the past today; for, if you were a sinner above all others,
then God for Christ's sake "hath put away thy sin," and forgiven
sin with God is remembered no more forever.
2. Do not live in the future. He will care for you to-morrow, and you may
never see it. Why take thought for it?
3. Live in the present. He is yours today, and for all the hours of this
day you will have what all the saints in all the ages have had to make
them great and good.