James Smith (1802-62) was
a Christian minister. He was one of C H Spurgeon’s predecessors
at New Park Street Chapel in London, and (in particular) ministered
with great blessing in Cheltenham. His devotional, The Believer’s Daily Remembrancer,
subtitled Pastor’s Morning and
Evening Visit, was very popular in its own day, and has
received a new lease of life through recent republication. There follow
some samples from it, touching upon some of the ‘precious’
verses in Scripture.
2 Peter 1:1,
Faith is the gift of God. It is the fruit of everlasting love, the
effect of grace; we believe through grace … This always produces
love to Jesus, and leads the soul to obey him out of gratitude. It is
precious, being scarce, few thus believe; being valuable, without it we
cannot please God, cannot be justified, cannot rejoice in hope, or
enjoy gospel blessings … Gracious God! Give unto thy people, and
unto me especially, much precious faith, that believing in Jesus, I may
rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory.
1 Peter 1:19,
The blood of Jesus is the price of our redemption, the object of our
faith, the ground of our peace, the subject of our meditation, and our
constant plea at the throne of grace … It is indeed precious
blood! It is invaluable! Whenever you feel guilt on your conscience,
fears rising in your mind, or a gloom come over your spirit; look to,
meditate upon, make use of, the precious blood of Jesus. It made peace,
it gives peace, and it secures peace. It cleanses, heals, and
sanctifies; and we could not live one happy day without it.
2 Peter 1:4,
The promises of Scripture are the promises of the great God; they are
all of free grace; they are confirmed by the blood of Jesus; and are
exceeding great and very precious. They are so plain that a child could
understand them; and so great that no angel could fulfil them. There is
such a variety that they meet every case; and such a fulness that they
include every want … Let us think of them, plead them, and
expect their fulfilment today; our God is a faithful God, keeping
covenant and mercy unto a thousand generations.
1 Peter 2:7, ‘he
Yes: Jesus is precious to every believer … Is he so to you? Live
near to him, be intimate with him, and you will feel him precious. The
more you know of him, the more you will prize him.