Spurgeon Song: "Evermore" - Morning & Evening Aug 19


Five of the songs on my CD "Upon Your Shore" are inspired by one of my favorite devotionals, "Morning & Evening" by Charles Spurgeon.  Today's devotion inspired the song "Evermore" -- I hope you enjoy it! 

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'Morning & Evening' by CH Spurgeon 
Public Domain 
August 19, Evening 

"Pull me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength." 
Psalm 31:4 

Our spiritual foes are of the serpent's brood, and seek to ensnare us by subtlety. The prayer before us supposes the possibility of the believer being caught like a bird. So deftly does the fowler do his work, that simple ones are soon surrounded by the net. The text asks that even out of Satan's meshes the captive one may be delivered; this is a proper petition, and one which can be granted: from between the jaws of the lion, and out of the belly of hell, can eternal love rescue the saint. It may need a sharp pull to save a soul from the net of temptations, and a mighty pull to extricate a man from the snares of malicious cunning, but the Lord is equal to every emergency, and the most skilfully placed nets of the hunter shall never be able to hold his chosen ones. Woe unto those who are so clever at net laying; they who tempt others shall be destroyed themselves. 

"For thou art my strength." What an inexpressible sweetness is to be found in these few words! How joyfully may we encounter toils, and how cheerfully may we endure sufferings, when we can lay hold upon celestial strength. Divine power will rend asunder all the toils of our enemies, confound their politics, and frustrate their knavish tricks; he is a happy man who has such matchless might engaged upon his side. Our own strength would be of little service when embarrassed in the nets of base cunning, but the Lord's strength is ever available; we have but to invoke it, and we shall find it near at hand. If by faith we are depending alone upon the strength of the mighty God of Israel, we may use our holy reliance as a plea in supplication. 

"Lord, evermore thy face we seek: 
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak; 
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek. 
Let us not fall. Let us not fall." 

LYRICS 

Lord, evermore thy face we seek 
Thy face we seek 
Lord, evermore thy face we seek, 
Thy face we seek 
Tempted we are, and poor, and weak; 
Keep us with lowly hearts, and meek. 
Let us not fall... 
Our foes are seeking to ensnare us 
So deftly does the fowler work 
That simple ones are soon surrounded 
In the jaws of the lion 
in the belly of hell 

Our own strength is of little service 
When we are trapped within the nets 
But in the mighty God of Israel 
With a mighty pull 
In celestial strength 
He will rend our enemies 

 

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