Jesus my all. Psalms 37:28; 73:24; 121:7; John 10:27-29; Luke 12:32 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints. For a time he can hardly believe that it is true. Do not try to believe in pardon in the abstract, but in Jesus the Sacrifice and Saviour, who has once for all appeared to put away sin. “He pleased not Himself,” saith the apostle ( Romans 15:3 ). Acts 11:14 and he will speak words to you by which you will be saved, you and all your household.' I want to cheer some of you who at present hardly dare to pray. If houses of business think there is to be a spring trade in something that appertains to artistic beauty or modes of dress, and men are dependent upon this for revival of trade, they watch for every sign of plenty. They excite earnest desires, and prepare the mind for the reception of richer blessings. 1. Ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousands of thousands, have obtained pardon and purity through faith in Christ. Spurgeon.). 3 For I know my transgressions, and my sin is always before me. I’m a follower of Christ who believes the Bible and applies its truth. II. Faye was born on March 13, 1919 in New York City, and was preceded in death by her parents, H.B. Or were they his overwhelming sins? V. David’s encouraging exhortation (verse 7). In them … His answer is the rough-and-ready one, that in God’s sight no one is righteous, and beneath His pure and searching scrutiny the fairest lives show very foul. As to the way in which forgiveness is to be obtained, we could learn nothing by the light of nature. One theory is the job was written during the time of the patriarchs. Norton.). This world is a night, The morning presupposes the night, and this world most properly is compared to a long winter’s night which is very uncomfortable. It appears very plainly in our psalm. 1. 3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. 2. The second stanza (verses 3, 4) is the response of a neighbour--probably an old man, who had lived into a calmer and stronger faith than the other had yet attained to. Looking beyond the grave you see no light. 3. Is there not rare music in the sound l It means plenteous forgiveness for plenteous sin, through a price paid, a ransom given. His best is here, and while he hath this world; but the godly, their worst is here, their best is to come. Besides, this affection is of all others the most sedulous, diligent, and serviceable, and therefore there is a more than ordinary significance in those words (Malachi 3:17). 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, The purpose then of these beatitudes is not to prescribe actions necessary to inherit the Kingdom of Heaven, but to de scribe the type of characteristics expected to be seen in those who are in the Kingdom of Heaven . The Biblical Illustrator. (C. H. To the Lord I cry aloud and He answers me from His holy hill. But while I am waiting, what am I? So I truly enter my new life as a millionaire. There is a promise for every need, and certainty in every promise. ABDELLAH FAYE G. ABDELLAH Former Deputy Surgeon General Of Annandale, VA, on February 24, 2017, age 97. 38:17) and placed his own example before them to be taught in psalm and followed in life. This blessed Book is as full of promises and proclamations of mercy as an egg is full of meat. It may be a means to stir us up to more earnestness in seeking: to make us like the woman of Canaan, more earnest the more she was repelled. It must depend entirely on an act of His will;--but whether He will, who can tell? His forgiveness delivers men not only from the consequences of sins, but from the sins themselves. The cry of self-helplessness appealing to Omnipotence. How should any so much as attempt what they believe to be an unprofitable labour? First notice the figure here used, and then observe that the figure is exceeded: “My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.”. His cruel master, who had forced him into his possession, would not willingly emancipate him; but a rumour came, that in some distant nation they had raised a sum of money to purchase the freedom of slaves--that some wealthy merchant had dedicated of his substance to buy back his fellow-countrymen; that the king himself upon his throne had promised to give a liberal redemption that the captives among the Moors might return to their homes. God’s world never stands still. The consequence of forgiveness. Leifchild.). 4. It is not the testimony of the past only, it is the experience of the children of God to-day, that the promises--and they are greater in number than the stars--all the promises of God in Christ Jesus are yea and amen. (Homilist.). The moment he loses the comfortable sense of peace with God, his chariot-wheels are troubled, and he drives heavily. Go down upon your knees, and thank Him that He lets no soul shrivel and dry up without strong pains; thank Him for this noble misery, which forbids you to grow base tamely, which makes it the true penalty of being knavish, not that other men suspect you to be a knave, but that, deep within, the clear, strong voice of your own conscience calls you so. Solemn. 13 & 77). Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether. 1. It's a weaned child that is our image. There must be something peculiar about God’s forgiveness that it leads to fear. 3. IV. But the figure is exceeded by the fact, for the text says, “My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning.” We have been watching longer than they who guard the city towers. His Word is infallibly true. 1. 1. The faith of man is built upon the faithfulness of God. So, Lord, we might stand up before our fellow-men, and plead “Not guilty,” when they belie and slander us, as they do; but, before Thy holy presence, “if Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?”. God likes us to watch for Him. Well may we grow eager when we think of what is yet to be revealed in us. SSM Curate Watching. He suffered Peter to stumble, that, when he was converted, he should “strengthen his brethren” (Luke 22:32). Had my text in connection with God introduced scenes of terror--the great white throne; the books of judgment; the falling heavens; the dying sun; the departing earth; the pit; the smoke of torment; the worm that never dies, and the fire that is never quenched--all hearts would have responded like an echo to the text, and this question had trembled on our lips, “Who shall not fear Thee, O Lord, and glorify Thy name? I acknowledge that by your death and sacrifice that you have paid the penalty of my sins for me. The object of the Christian’s waiting. No figure could more pathetically express the psalmist’s eager expectation of the dawning of God’s mercy on his long night of sorrow. 7:15) would always be available to his sons (Is. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; “Ask, and ye shall receive!” God has let down the fulness of His forgiving love in Jesus Christ our Lord, and all that we need is the call, which is likewise faith, which accepts while it desires, and desires in its acceptance; and then we are lifted up “out of the horrible pit and the miry clay,” and our feet are set upon a rock, and our goings established. It makes his duty burdensome, and his trials insupportable. Sense of helplessness. Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you (Matt 5:44). We pray more at such times. It is the waiting soul that gets the blessing. The depths are God’s kingdom as well as the heights. II. and cleanse me from my sin. For while we live here we are always children of hope; not miserable, because we have a sweet taste of what we hope for, and not perfectly happy, because we want fulness. We can well conceive that to their lips the word redemption must have been a very pleasing song. Chris Katulka: We've been discovering Psalms by peeling back the layers of the Psalms. Sinner, are you in the depths? 3. “In His Word do I hope;” for “God is not a man that He should lie, or the Son of man that He should repent.” And in that Word the true believer does hope continually. Memorize different psalms for different seasons., Seeing Deeper…Looking Beyond – Saturday 15th August, Seeing Deeper…Looking Beyond – Monday 17th August. It seems to come in when the terrible drum of alarm is being beaten, and the dreadful clarion of judgment is sounding forth. Though He may give taste of pardon of sin in present, yet not presently deliverance out of danger (Proverbs 4:18). How astonishing the blindness of sinners! I am to wait for the Lord. a blessed truth that! 2. Let me explain those peculiar characters in the forgiveness of God which breed fear, not presumption, in the forgiven. I. Now, there is this difference between these three sorts of fear; that the first is properly the fear of a malefactor, the second of a slave, and this last of a son; which is that alone that is designed in these words: and indeed there is good reason that God should require it, since He intends to turn His servants into sons. Or when you’re walking through the dark night of the soul, you may need a lament psalm to fall back on (Ps. A dark fear and a bright assurance. All exercises of faith in reference to other things must be in connection with the Lord. Our version has it, “There is forgiveness,” but there is not even the verb in the Hebrew. They who have it experience the Beatitude, “Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.” Longings for earthly goods are often disappointed, but never the conviction which leads a man to say, “My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”, IV. 2. III. How evidently this shines forth in the cross and death of our Lord and Saviour! Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I … A.). In the breadth of forgiveness, covering all offenders and offences, and removing them out of the sight of God. It presents Him as the proper object of worship, of confidence, and of love. And all I take with me as I leave is your love . In a newly obtained letter sent to Texas authorities, Genene Jones, the former nurse suspected of killing more than a dozen infants 2014, apologized “for the damage I did to all because of my crime.” After considering our own miserable and guilty state, and how little any plea which we can offer will avail before the holiness and justice of God, it is proper to turn our eyes to His mercy, as the only foundation of our hope and peace. ), Israel’s hope; or, the centre of the target. II. Learn that none can understand, embrace, or esteem the mercy of God, but those who are convinced of their sin and misery. But in Divine forgiveness there is no limitation. And how is it, that while the parents who constantly forgive are not feared, God, with whom is forgiveness, is? Satan himself shall surely be seen to be but the hewer of wood and the drawer of water for the sublime temple of the Divine purpose. 23 Lessons from Psalm 23 Christian Home Week, 2016 1 The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.2 He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. 5. But all to no purpose. II. 1. When there is no forgiveness, or when a man thinks there is none, what is the consequence? 2. It needs, first of all, that the heart should have tremblingly entertained the contrary hypothesis, in order that the heart should spring to the relief and the gladness of the counter truth. hold us in your wounded hands “waiting for the redemption”; and by the redemption I understand that this world shall be washed of all her sin; her curse shall be removed, her stains taken away, and this world shall be as fair as when God first struck her from His mind. “The whole creation,” said Paul, “groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now”; waiting for what? He is able to hear. This way is by the satisfaction made by Christ, and received by the Father. The earnest spirit which he manifested (verses 1, 2). He is melted down by the goodness of the Lord, he does not know what to make of it. 4. The titles “Psalms” and “Psalter” come from the Septuagint (the pre-Christian Greek translation of the OT), where they originally referred to stringed instruments (such as harp, lyre and lute), then to songs sung with their accompaniment. She saw and talked to my grandma her mother who passed years ago. I like to follow it out in regard to one’s family life, and to feel how God will work if we only trust Him. 1. 2. 1905-1909. (Homiletic Review. It is His name (Exodus 34:6): “Forgiving iniquities, transgressions, and sins,” all manner of sins; sins against knowledge and against conscience; with Him is plentiful forgiveness. It is “plenteous” when we consider the millions that have been redeemed. My first head is taken from the first word of the text: “But.” Here is h whisper of hope. The persons on whom this pardon is conferred, who are men; that is, very worthless and inconsiderable creatures, in comparison of those to whom the same pardon is denied. What were those depths out of which the psalmist cried to God? 1. He exhorts Israel to trust in the Lord--. I cannot fathom, and I dare not fancy the feelings of the eternal Father, when He saw the Son whom He loved with infinite affection spit upon, scourged, reviled, bleeding, dying on the accursed tree. Some are engulphed and unconscious. Well may our hunger increase as we think of the sweets that are reserved for us. But”--Oh, the sweet music of that little word! As there are depths of misery in a Christian, so in God there are depths of love and of wisdom. It is the Old Testament phrase for the true worship, and our psalmist means that, were there no forgiveness in the heart of God, there would be no worship in the heart of man. 2. About 10 minutes before Amanda arrived, Kevin had been sleeping…when he woke up and saw me still in the room, he motioned me over and held up his hand for me to hold. for Thou only art holy.” But this is not the way. I. (131:2) You'd think that there's nothing more peaceful than a little babe nursing. Who, then, shall stand when He rises up? This whisper comes also in opposition to the voice of despair, for despair says to a soul under a sense of sin, “There is no mercy for you; you have sinned beyond all limits, your death-warrant is signed, the verdict has been given against you, there remains nothing for you but everlasting warnings.” Nay, soul, God’s Word against thy word any day! He shall cause the wrath of man to praise Him; the remainder He shall restrain. Consider--. The sins and offences that are the subject-matter of it. 1. You prepare a banquet for me, where all my enemies see; You welcome me as an honoured guest and fill my cup to the brim. First he glances at the vexing problem which, as we have seen, was at the bottom of his companion’s trouble--why righteous men should suffer so terribly. As the long absent child, arrived at the door of his father’s house, pants for admittance there, so does the soul of the believer, on the threshold of eternity, wait for its God. Before break of day is greatest darkness, and then the sun ariseth, and by his beams expelleth the same; the light cometh not till the morning. It does not necessarily depend on His existence, or on His goodness. What He has promised must be fulfilled. To untangle your knots and be your avenue to God. I confess that I am a sinner before God. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. In the concluding stanza (verses 7, 8) the bystanders chime in. But Divine forgiveness is uninfluenced. There are three sorts of fear: an anxious, distracting, amazing fear; a slavish and servile fear; and a filial, reverential fear. But to the Jews the sea was an object of terror, a cruel and devouring monster, greedy of its prey, and smiling only to deceive; the symbol of treachery, unrest, and desolation. The course pursued (verses 5, 6). Spurgeon.). Despair paralyzes. 1. 3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake. By the Christian about to die. All sin leads to despair. It is the constant doctrine of the Holy Scriptures; it is the uniform language of humility and penitence there (Psalms 143:2; Job 9:2-4; Job 40:4-5; Job 42:5-6; Psalms 19:12; Lamentations 3:22-23). No; with Peter they would rather say, “Master, it is good for us to be here” (Mark 9:5). True dependence is watchful. Sibbes.). The prophet shares a different outlook with them. But make sure that your hope is a good hope, that it is a well-founded hope, that it is a happy hope, that it is a hope that “maketh not ashamed,” that it is a hope that fixes itself on Christ alone; for if you have not that hope, you will not wait; and if you do not wait, you will not receive. It speaks to me of the personal cost to God of salvation, and reveals the ruggedness of his love for each one of us. Here is some one at hand. 6. I believe that, in every case wherein the soul finds peace, this is the actual order. Were they the calamities which beset him and his countrymen? That exile lasted over twenty years until the day God came and found me amidst the muck and grime of an engineering factory floor! Have I not besought His forgiveness till I am weary? The promise of God (Exodus 34:6-7; Psalms 86:5; Romans 10:12; 2 Peter 1:4; James 5:2). 3. 2. III. The manner of the forgiveness sets forth the holiness of God and the evils of sin in the strongest light. 4 Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O LORD. The circumspect will take heed to his ways. Nothing whatever more illustrates the Divine glory. S. Remember, again, that this “plenteous redemption” is plenteous because it is enough for all the distresses of all the saints. But faith and fate are different things. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' Why did He offer an atonement if it were not that sin might be put away by that atonement? But that nothing may be wanting for the complete illustration of this truth, observe that it appears in the clearest manner from the Gospel of Christ that there is forgiveness with God (John 3:16; 1 Peter 1:18; Hebrews 6:18). He is a strong deliverer. By looking to Him you will be saved; and what is easier than to look? III. 2. Though his words are addressed to God, they are a reply to his companion. 1. You are before me Lord you are behind Psalm 139 - Duration: 2:21. (R. As a consequence, I walked away from church and into my wilderness – roaming, so to speak. He has redeemed many things; He has redeemed the souls of His people; He has redeemed the bodies of His people; He has redeemed the original inheritance which man lost in Adam; He has redeemed, in the last place, the world, considered in a certain sense--in the sense in which He will have the world at last. Psalm 23:1-6 KJV Acts 11:14 Who shall tell thee words, whereby thou and all thy house shall be saved. When we meet with a man who has been in special trouble, and he has escaped from it, we are anxious to know how it came to pass, in order that, if we are east into similar trial, we also may resort to the same door of hope. I. I. Hear it, and rejoice. By the deep places may be understood also a heart deeply wounded with the considerations of sin and God’s justice, for God will not accept such superficial and scurvy prayers, which come only from the lips, and not from a contrite and broken heart.
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