Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever. The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me?
— Psalm 118:1,6, NKJV
When we have a deeper appreciation of the mercy and loving-kindness of God, we shall praise him, instead of complaining. We shall talk of the loving watchcare of the Lord, of the tender compassion of the Good Shepherd.
The Lord is our helper. He will guide us in all matters, if we will trust him. One thing is certain, we must have faith in God,—faith that he will arrange matters in a way that will enable us to work successfully. No one ever trusted God in vain. He never disappoints those who put their dependence on him. If we would only do the work that the Lord would have us do, walking in the footsteps of Jesus, our hearts would become sacred harps, every chord of which would send forth praise and thanksgiving to the One sent by God to take away the sin of the world.
If there were much more praising the Lord, and far less doleful recitation of discouragement, many more victories would be gained.
God is the eternal, uncreated Fountain of all good. All who trust in him will find him to be this. To those who serve him, looking to him as their Heavenly Father, he gives the assurance that he will fulfil his promises. His joy will be in their hearts, and their joy will be full.
It is our privilege to open our hearts, and let the sunshine of Christ’s presence in. My brother, my sister, face the light. Come into actual, personal contact with Christ, that you may exert an influence that is uplifting and reviving. Let your faith be strong and pure and steadfast. Let gratitude to God fill your hearts. When you rise in the morning, kneel at your bedside, and ask God to give you strength to fulfil the duties of the day, and to meet its temptations. Ask him to help you to bring into your work Christ’s sweetness of character. Ask him to help you to speak words that will inspire those around you with hope and courage, and draw you nearer to the Saviour.
— Review and Herald, May 5, 1910
Trust the Lord as your helper and guide in all matters. Look to your Heavenly Father and trust that He will fulfill His promises.
Open your heart and let the sunshine of Christ’s presence in that you may exert an influence that is uplifting and reviving.
When you rise in the morning, kneel at your bedside and ask God to give you strength to fulfill the duties of the day and to meet its temptations.
Ask God to help you to bring into your work Christ’s sweetness of character. Ask Him to help you to speak words that will inspire those around you with hope and courage to draw you nearer to the Saviour.