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Sovereign Grace Church - Pleasures For Evermore - by Octavius Winslow

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Sep 01, 2019
Passage: Psalm 16:11 & Isaiah 43:5
Duration:2 mins 32 secs

Pleasures For Evermore

Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore

(Psalm 16:11)

[Beloved] …imagine that moment to have arrived! All of earth’s attraction ceases, all of creature-succor fails. Everything is failing — heart and strength failing — mental power failing— medical skill failing — human affection and sympathy failing; the film of death is on the eye, and the invisible realities of the spirit-world are unveiling to the mental view. Bending over you, the loved one who has accompanied you to the shore of the cold river, asks a sign. You are too weak to conceive a thought, too low to breathe a word, too absorbed to bestow a responsive glance. You cannot now assert your faith in an elaborate creed, and you have no profound experience, or ecstatic emotions, or heavenly visions to describe. One brief, but all-emphatic, all-expressive sentence embodies the amount of all that you now know, and believe, and feel; it is the profession of your faith, the sum of your experience, the ground of your hope — “Christ Is Precious to My Soul!” [My sufficiency]! The dying Christian can give, and the inquiring friend can wish no more. Dearest Savior, be close to me in that solemn moment! Tread the valley by my side, pillow my languid head upon Your bosom, speak these words of heart-cheer to my struggling, panting, departing soul, “Fear not, I Am with you” (Isaiah 43:5). Then, it will be happiness for me to die — death will have no venom — the grave no gloom — eternity no dread; and, from the measured experience of Your preciousness on earth, I shall pass in triumph through the shadowy portal into the full sunshine and perfect realization and eternal enjoyment of all that faith believed, and love desired, and hope expected, of Your full-orbed glory and preciousness in heaven. “In your presence is fulness of joy; and at your right hand there are pleasures for evermore!” [Psalm 16:11]

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