“And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.”—Gen. xvii. 1.
Our old bibles, in their margin, have retained the original El Shaddai,
which we now read God Almighty, and marked it also God A11-sufficient,
meaning that Jehovah in covenant with Jesus, as the head of his people,
is all- sufficient in himself, and all-sufficient for all their need in
time and to eternity. He is God All-sufficient, or of many paps, many
breasts of consolation, (as some derive the word) for his faithful ones
to suck at and draw from, in an endless supply. Here then, my soul,
take this sweet title of thy covenant God and Father in Christ Jesus
for thy daily meditation, both at the opening, and through all the
periods of the coming year. And as even at old age the Lord still
opened to Abraham this precious source for his comfort, so look up in
Jesus and behold it as thine. And Oh, my soul! do thou walk before him
in the perfect righteousness of God thy Saviour, and thus daily keep up
fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.