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God’s Sovereign Supply for His Own

He causeth the grass to grow for the cattle,” —Psalm 104:14

Charles Haddon Spurgeon, the Prince of PreachersMethinks my text, though it looked small, begins to grow and swell as we meditate upon it. Now, I want to introduce you to a few more thoughts on this matter as illustrations of grace. Preventing grace may here be seen in a symbol. Before the cattle were made, in this world there was grass. We find in the first chapter of Genesis, God provided the grass before he created the cattle. And what a mercy that there were covenant supplies for God’s people before they were in the world! He had given his Son Jesus Christ to die, to be the sponsor and surety of the elect, before Adam was made in the garden; long before sin came into the world, the everlasting mercy of God foresaw the damages of sin, and provided a refuge for every elect soul. Oh! what a mercy it is for me, that, before I hunger, God has prepared for my hunger; that before I thirst, God has opened the rock in the wilderness to leap forth with crystal streams to satisfy the thirst of my soul! See what sovereign grace can do! Before the cattle come to the pasture, the grass is grown for them, and before I feel my need of divine mercy that mercy is provided for me. Then I perceive an illustration of free grace, for wherever the ox comes into the field, he brings no money with him. There is the food ready for him, but he brings nothing with which, to purchase it. So I, poor needy sinner, having nothing, come, and receive Christ without money and without price. He maketh the grass to grew, for the cattle, and so he doth provide grace for my needy soul, though I have now no money, no virtue, no excellence of my own. And why is it, my friends, why is it that God gives the cattle the grass? You will be perhaps surprised when I say to you that the reason is, because they belong to him. Here is a text to prove it. “The silver and the gold are mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills.” That is why he provides grass for them, because they are his own property. How is it that Christ is provided for God’s people? Because “the Lord’s portion is his people; Jacob is the lot of his inheritance.” Of every herd of cattle in the world, God could say, “They are mine.” Long before the farmer put his brand, God had set his creating mark upon it. They are God’s making, preserving, and feeding altogether. So, before the stamp of Adam’s fall was set upon our brow, the stamp of electing love was set there. “In thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.”

Charles H. Spurgeon (1834-1892) Delivered Sunday Morning, June 23, 1862 at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington Metropolitan Tabernacle Pulpit, Vol. 13, Sermon No. 757 “In the Hayfield”

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