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Text Sermons : Andrew Murray : MORNING WATCH - SIXTEENTH DAY

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"If thou prepare thine heart and stretch out thine hands toward Him, if iniquity be in thine hand, put it far away. . . then shalt thou lift up thy face without spot. . . thou shalt shine forth, thou shalf be as the morning." (Job. xi. 13-17.)

We have seen with what joy the Lord and His people commune together in the morning, and how well they understood how blessed a time the morning is.

We have seen that the morning is a symbol of Jesus Himself, " He shall be as a morning without clouds." Here we have a further promise: "the believer himself shall be as the morning."

What depth of meaning there is here! The meaning is light after darkness. So shall be the life of the Christian. "Whoso cometh after me," said Jesus, "shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life."

So morning is the beginning of a day which grows brighter and brighter. "The path of the just is as a shining light that shineth more and more unto the perfect day."

The morning diffuses gladness, awakening all around. This meaning, too, is intended by these words, "Thou shalt be as the morning".

And wouldst thou be as the morning, oh Christian? learn from these words how thou mayst so become. "If thou prepare thine heart, and stretch out thine hands towards him," in prayer. Let not your prayer be without preparation of heart. Let the heart be quiet before God in the calm of the morning. Speak to God only after holy meditation. " My heart is fixed, Oh God, my heart is fixed." " If there be any iniquity in thine hand, put it far away"; lay aside every sin. "Thou shalt shine forth," as it were, upon the wings of the morning. " Thou shalt be as the morning." Oh, be faithful in giving the morning to God, and He will cause the morning to arise in you: He will grant to you to be as the morning.

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