Full text of Charles Spurgeon’s sermon titled “The Secret of Health”. CH Spurgeon preached this message on March 28, 1875, at the Metropolitan Tabernacle.
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The text is found in Psalm 42:11:
“I shall yet praise Him who is the health of my countenance and my God.”
Another verse in this Psalm so attracts me, that though it is not my text, I cannot pass it by without a moment’s notice. In the 5th verse, the Psalmist says: “I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance”, and then follows the expression of the text: “who is the health of my countenance, and my God.”
God’s countenance is our help, and He Himself is the health of our countenance. The best help a man can have in time of trouble is the countenance of God.
If he feels that he enjoys the divine love and that he is acceptable with the Lord, he becomes at once strong to bear, or dare, or do.
Ask the presence of God with thee, child of God, and thou mayest then descend into a lion’s den, traverse a fiery furnace, or pass through the iron gates of death. A look from the Lord is life and strength to His people.
So far the 5th verse.
Let us now weave our text with it. This help of God’s countenance usually comes to believers by their obtaining health for their countenances. It may not please God to lessen the burden, but it comes to the same thing if He strengthens the back; He may not recall the soldier from the battle but if He gives him a greater stomach for the fight and increased strength for its toils, it may be better still for him.
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity but a wounded spirit, who can bear? Give a man health in his countenance, and he laughs at that which would have crushed him had he been in another mood.