Our “Samuel”

Choice words about answers to prayer!

He Hath Said

For this child I prayed. -1 Samuel 1:27

Devout souls delight to look upon those mercies which they have obtained in answer to supplication, for they can see God’s especial love in them. When we can name our blessings Samuel, that is, “asked of God,” they will be as dear to us as her child was to Hannah. Peninnah had many children, but they came as common blessings unsought in prayer: Hannah’s one heaven-given child was dearer far, because he was the fruit of earnest pleadings. How sweet was that water to Samson which he found at “the well of him that prayed!” Quassia cups turn all waters bitter, but the cup of prayer puts a sweetness into the draughts it brings. Did we pray for the conversion of our children? How doubly sweet, when they are saved, to see in them our own petitions fulfilled! Better to rejoice over…

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God’s Comforts Delight

Thank you, Maureen! May God be praised!

Still They Speak

“When I am tossed to and fro with various reasonings, distractions, questionings, and forebodings, I will fly to my true rest, for ‘thy comforts delight my soul.’ From my sinful thoughts, my vain thoughts, my sorrowful thoughts, my griefs, my cares, my conflicts, I will hasten to the Lord; he has divine comforts, and these will not only console but actually delight me.” –Charles H. Spurgeon “The Treasury of David” Vol. 2 p. 147 (on Psalm 94)

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“… behold there was a very stately palace before him, the name of which was Beautiful…”

Do You See Yonder Wicket-Gate, The Pilgrim's Progress, Macgregor PubJack, 1907, by Byam ShawI’ve added a new page by this same name. Go there to read the entire account of events surrounding Christian’s stay there. 

Charles H. Spurgeon believed that the palace represented the Church. Please take this link to Sherry’s blog He Hath Said to get a pdf version of Spurgeon’s book about The Pilgrim’s Progress (the link is to the right of the image of the book cover). 

Pictures from The Pilgrim’s Progress


The following is a lovely and encouraging excerpt from this part of John Bunyan’s book:

Thus they discoursed together till late at night; and after they had committed themselves to their Lord for protection, they betook themselves to rest: the Pilgrim they laid in a large upper chamber, whose window opened towards the sun-rising: the name of the chamber was Peace; where he slept till break of day, and then he awoke and sang— 

‘Where am I now? Is this the love and care
Of Jesus for the men that pilgrims are?
Thus to provide! that I should be forgiven!
And dwell already the next door to heaven!’”