The Lord's Table

A Help to the Right Observance
of the Holy Supper

On the use of this little volume I would fain say two things which lie upon my heart.

The first is this: that the Christian who desires to make use of it must not be content merely to read and to understand the portion for the day, but must take time to meditate upon it and to appropriate it. I am convinced that one chief cause why some do not grow more in grace is that they do not take time to hold converse with the Lord in secret. Spiritual, divine truth does not thus become our possession at once. Although I understand what I read, although I consent heartily to it, although I receive it, it may speedily fade away and be forgotten, unless by private meditation I give it time to become fixed and rooted in me, to become united and identified with me. Christians, give yourselves, give your Lord time to transfer His heavenly thoughts to your inner, spiritual life. When you have read a portion, set yourselves in silence before God. Take time to remain before Him until He has made His word living and powerful in your souls. Then does it become the life and the power of your life.

And this brings me to the second remark which I desire to make. It is this: that the Christian must take special care that he do not suffer himself to be led away from the Word of God by the many manuals which in our days are seeing the light. These books will have this result, —whenever a man seeks his instruction only in what the writer has to say, he then becomes accustomed to take everything at second hand. These books can become a blessing to the reader only when they bring him always to that portion of God’s Word which is treated of in order that he may meditate further upon it himself as from the mouth of God. Christians, there is in the Word of God an incredible power. The blessing which lies hid in it is inconceivable. See to it that when you have read a portion you always return to that passage of the Scriptures of which an explanation is given. Receive that not as the word of man, but, as it is in truth, the Word of God, which works mightily in those that believe. Hold fellowship with God through the Word. Take time to speak with Him about it, to give an answer to Him concerning it. Then shall you understand what the Lord Jesus says: “The words which I speak unto you, they are spirit and life.” Then shall Word and sacrament gloriously work together, to make you increase in prayer and in the life of God.

That the Eternal God may bless this little volume also, to make His children learn His own Word, is the prayer of the author for all his readers.

Table of Contents

Part I:  The Week Before the Supper

  • Sabbath—The Divine Invitation

  • Monday—The Preparation

  • Tuesday—The Host

  • Wednesday—Self-Examination

  • Thursday—Confession of Sin

  • Friday—Faith

  • Saturday—Self-Surrender

  • Saturday Evening--A Prayer for the Holy Spirit

Part II:  The Communion Sabbath

  • Sabbath Morning—An Exercise of Faith

  • Take, Eat

  • In Remembrance of Me

  • My Blood

  • The New Covenant

  • Unto Remission of Sins

  • For Many

  • For You

  • One Body

  • The Cup of Blessing

  • Till He Come

  • Sabbath Evening—Thanksgiving

Part III:  The Week After the Supper

  • Monday—The Power of the Food

  • Tuesday—Sanctification

  • Wednesday—Obedience

  • Thursday—Work

  • Friday—Fellowship with Jesus

  • Saturday—The End

My God, and is Thy table spread?
And does Thy cup with love o’erflow?
Thither be all Thy children led,
And let them all its sweetness know.

Hail, sacred feast, which Jesus makes!
Rich banquet of His flesh and blood!
Thrice happy he who here partakes
That sacred stream, that heavenly food!

O let Thy table honored be,
And furnished well with joyful guests;
And may each soul salvation see
That here its sacred pledges tastes.

Let crowds approach with hearts prepared,
With hearts inflamed let all attend;
Nor, when we leave our Father’s board,
The pleasure or the profit end.

Revive Thy drooping Churches, Lord!
And bid our drooping graces live;
And more, that energy afford,
A Saviour’s love alone can give.
—Philip Doddridge


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