Spurgeon and Psalm 91

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This morning, Jim referenced Charles Spurgeon’s love of Psalm 91 because of how the Lord used it to comfort him during a cholera epidemic.  In his book, The Treasury of David, Spurgeon writes of the incident:

Before expounding these verses [verses 9 and 10] I cannot refrain from recording a personal incident illustrating their power to soothe the heart, when they are applied by the Holy Spirit. In the year 1854, when I had scarcely been in London twelve months, the neighbourhood in which I laboured was visited by Asiatic cholera, and my congregation suffered from its inroads. Family after family summoned me to the bedside of the smitten, and almost every day I was called to visit the grave. I gave myself up with youthful ardour to the visitation of the sick, and was sent for from all corners of the district by persons of all ranks and religions. I became weary in body and sick at heart. My friends seemed falling one by one, and I felt or fancied that I was sickening like those around me. A little more work and weeping would have laid me low among the rest; I felt that my burden was heavier than I could bear, and I was ready to sink under it. As God would have it, I was returning mournfully home from a funeral, when my curiosity led me to read a paper which was wafered up in a shoemaker’s window in the Dover Road. It did not look like a trade announcement, nor was it, for it bore in a good bold handwriting these words:

Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; there shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling. The effect upon my heart was immediate. Faith appropriated the passage as her own. I felt secure, refreshed, girt with immortality. I went on with my visitation of the dying in a calm and peaceful spirit; I felt no fear of evil, and I suffered no harm.

Made in God’s Image

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I received this question recently in regard to John 4:24, which tells us that “God is spirit.”

The question was, “We are struggling with the idea that ‘we are made in his own image.’ How can we reconcile this?”

My response — When we say we are made in God’s image we are most likely not referring to our physical appearance.  Rather we are referring to the fact that humans have personality, the ability to think and create, the ability to love and be loved, the ability to praise, the ability to remember, etc.

In other words it is the more “spiritual” aspects of our being that we think come from being made in God’s image.  That is why when humans create a robot that looks human it is not made in the image of God even when it physically looks like a human.

If there is some aspect of our physical appearance that is made in God’s image, then it would have to be after the pattern of Jesus’ incarnational body.  Jesus’ body would have been planned by God for him to have before the beginning of time, since God the Father doesn’t have a physical body for humans to be patterned after.

Blessings,

Jim