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April 3rd 


Rev. E. Anderson


Thought for the Day follows an instructive theme for everyday of the Week. In the next few days we will be considering ‘victory’. It is important to be aware of this fact. Originally, man was made to be a victor by God. There was no way that God designed him to fall foul to defeat and disaster. God wanted to make a prince and ruler of him and that would turn out a winner.


Joseph was a young man who was sorely tested by his brothers who were not impressed by his life style. Their own conduct was not very good. Although he sensed that God had given him great prospects through dream, he little realised he was to go through the mill, be crushed and broken before such came to pass. The testing would be most severe and really try him to the utmost.

Thankfully he overcame the temptation to fall to sexual sin although it cost him his position and to finish up in prison. It would have been very easy to have surrendered his faith and virtue on this occasion as he seemed trapped by a most seductive female. But somehow he found the spiritual and moral strength to resist. Whilst in prison he appears to have been awfully let down a man whom he befriended and had to spend an extended stay behind those walls. But he maintained a victorious attitude. He came  forth to serve the people and times of the nation and his own people. He also became happily married and his two sons were to find a place in the nation of Israel.

You may be under a great deal of pressure at this time. An easy way is being presented where you can seemingly escape to save yourself from immense difficulty. Let spiritual resistance be born so that the experience turns out to be the making of you. Know that the Lord has good plans for you ahead to come to pass.


Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life. Yoko Ono


I Lift my Heart to Thee, Saviour Divine

Charles Edward Mudie, the founder of the well-known library which bears his name, was born at Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, Oct. 18, 1818. In 1872 he collected his poems and published them as Stray Leaves (2nd ed., 1873). Several poems on Scriptural subjects, and a few hymns are included in the volume. The hymn by which he is best known is “I lift my heart to Thee, Saviour divine” (His and Mine). It is from the Stray Leaves, and is in several hymnbooks, including the Scottish Evangelical Union Hymnal, 1878; Horder’s Congregational Hymns, 1884, and many others. It is marked by great beauty and tenderness of expression.

How lovely to sing to the Lord from one’s own heart and being! This is what this hymn seems to generate and inspire. It is the expression of the soul in its thoughts and desires, letting the Lord know personally the inmost state. This is always a good thing at times and has the effect of binding one more closely to Him.

I lift my heart to Thee,   Saviour Divine,
For Thou art all to me,  And I am Thine;
Is there on earth a closer bond than this,
That my Beloved’s mine, and I am His?

Thine am I by all ties,  And chiefly Thine,
For through Thy sacrifice   Thou, Lord, art mine;
By Thine own cords of love, so sweetly wound
Around me, closely I to Thee am bound.

To Thee, Thou Bleeding Lamb,   I all things owe,
All that I have and am,  And all I know;
All that I have is now no longer mine,
And I am not my own: Lord, I am Thine.
How can I, Lord, withhold  Life’s brightest hour
From Thee; or gathered gold,   Or any power?
Why should I keep one precious thing from Thee,
When Thou hast given Thine own dear Self for me

I pray Thee, Saviour, keep    Me in Thy love,
Until the world Thou sweep   And me remove
To that fair realm, where, sin and sorrow o’er,
Thou and Thine own are one for evermore



The weak and impotent are looked upon as incapable and useless. They are seen to be people devoid of strength and the power to perform and achieve anything of any real worth. As they are considered, no one would give them any hope of real success or of making any marked progress. The text in v23 states: “the lame take the prey.” This appears from a natural standpoint ludicrous. How can powerless and helpless individuals become real possessors of things of an extraordinary nature? It seems outside their capabilities that they should gain and own anything.

The promise from the Lord, however, is that the lame and inadequate will truly become inheritors of choice gifts. He not only assures but enables those in such a vulnerable state to receive and know the blessing of entering into a larger experience of possession. Their impotence does not disqualify at all from the delight of ownership. It gives Him enormous pleasure when He sees those that are written off because of infirmity having faith and commitment to conquer their weakness and enjoy the blessing of advancement and possession. He encourages this factor.

The New Testament teaching endorses this  by saying: “God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; and base things of the world, and the things which are despised,  hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought the things that are” – 1 Corinthians 1: 27, 28. As the weak and inadequate cast themselves on God they discover His immediate help and they are sustained by Him to achieve the impossible. In their weakness they know His strength and ability that cause them to become extraordinary and do things of an extraordinary nature.


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