Fifth Day.

The First to Meet the King.

“For thy servant doth know that I have sinned; therefore, behold, I am
come the first this day of all the house of Joseph to meet my lord the
king.”—II Samuel 19:20.

Yes, I have sinned. I know that I have sinned. Whether I
feel it more or less does not touch the fact: I know it.
And what then? “Therefore, behold, I am come the first
this day of all … to meet my lord the King.”
Matthew 9:13          Just because I know that I have sinned, I come to
I Timothy 1:15   Jesus. He came to call sinners, He came to save sinners,
II Samuel 23:5   so He came to call and to save me. “This is all my desire.”
Just because I know that I have sinned, I may and
must come “the first of all.” Thousands are coming, but
Proverbs 14:10   the heart knoweth his own bitterness. So, not waiting for
others, not coming in order, but “ first of all,” by the pres-
sure of my sore need of pardon, I come. There is no wai-
ting for one’s turn in coming to Jesus.
“The first of all,” because it is against “my lord the
Psalm 116:16    King” that I have sinned. I am His servant, so I have the
greater sin. “The first of all,” because I have so much to
Luke 7:47          be forgiven, and have already been forgiven so much, that
Colossians 2:13 I must, I do, love much; and love, even of a sorrowing
sinner, seeks nearness, and cannot rest in distance.
“Therefore,” also, “I am come this day.” I dare not and
Matthew 20:30   could not wait till to-morrow. No need to wait, even till
II Samuel 19:16  tonight ! Now ! He is passing by, and I must “haste to
Isaiah 55:6         meet” Him. “While he is near,” I will tell Him all.
I am come to meet Him, not merely to go to Him;
Zechariah 9:9     for He is always coming to meet us. He was on His way
Luke 15:18         before I had said, “I will arise and go.” I come, because
He comes to me.
Yet I could not come with this terrible knowledge that
I have sinned, but that I know something more. I know
Matthew 11:28    that He hath said, “Come unto me.” I know that He hath
John 6:37           said, “Him that cometh I will in no wise cast out.” This is
enough ; therefore I am come to my Lord the King.
Matthew 15:23         Not to His servants, but to Himself. Even those who
II Samuel 19:21  stand near Him may accuse and condemn, but the King
Hosea 14:2        Himself will receive me graciously; for with Him there is
Psalm 130:4,7   forgiveness, and mercy, and plenteous redemption.
And though the oath of an earthly sovereign may be
I Kings 2:8,9      broken, my King (in glorious contrast to the imperfect
Ps.146:5 (P.B.V.)* human type) “keepeth His promise for ever.” His cove-
Psalm 89:34      nant will He not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out
I John 2:25         of His lips. Therefore the eternal life which He hath pro-
mised me is secured to me for ever, for He hath said,
John 10:28         “I give unto them eternal life, and they shall never perish,
neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand.”

* Psalm 146:5 Prayer Book Version:  “Who made heaven and earth, the
sea, and all that therein is: who keepeth his promise for ever.”

[These were the First Day to the Fifth Day of My King by Frances Ridley Havergal.]

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