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                                                Psalm 40

 

 

Title. To the Chief Musician. Well might so exceedingly precious a Psalm

be specially committed to the most skilled of the sacred musicians. The

noblest music should be made tributary to a subject so incomparable. The

dedication shows that the song was intended for public worship, and was

not a merely personal hymn, as its being in the first person singular might

lead us to suppose. A Psalm of David. This is conclusive as to the

authorship: lifted by the Holy Spirit into the region of prophecy, David was

honored to write concerning a far greater than himself.

 

Subject. Jesus is evidently here, and although it might not be a violent

wresting of language to see both David and his Lord, both Christ and the

church, the double comment might involve itself in obscurity, and therefore

we shall let the sun shine even though this should conceal the stars. Even if

the New Testament were not so express upon it, we should have concluded

that David spoke of our Lord in vs. 6-9, but the apostle in Hebrews

10:5-9, puts all conjecture out of court, and confines the meaning to Him

who came into the world to do the Father's will.

 

Division. From vs.1-3, is a personal thanksgiving, followed by a general declaration

of Jehovah's goodness to His saints in vs. 4-5.  In vs. 6-10, we have an avowal of

dedication to the Lord's will;  vs.11-17, contains a prayer for deliverance from

pressing trouble, and for the overthrow of enemies.

 

1  I waited patiently for the Lord;” - Patient waiting upon God was a

special characteristic of our Lord Jesus. Impatience never lingered in His

heart, much less escaped His lips. All through His agony in the garden, His

trial of cruel mockings before Herod and Pilate, and His passion on the tree,

He waited in omnipotence of patience. No glance of wrath, no word of

murmuring, no deed of vengeance came from God's patient Lamb; He

waited and waited on; was patient, and patient to perfection, far excelling

all others who have according to their measure glorified God in the fires.

Job on the dunghill does not equal Jesus on the cross. The Christ of God

wears the imperial crown among the patient. Did the Only Begotten wait,

and shall we be petulant and rebellious? - “and He inclined unto me,

and heard my cry.”  Neither Jesus the head, nor any one of the members

of His body, shall ever wait upon the Lord in vain.  Mark the figure of inclining,

as though the suppliant cried out of the lowest depression, and condescending

love stooped to hear his feeble moans.  What a marvel is it that our Lord Jesus

should have to cry as we do, and wait as we do, and should receive the Father's

help after the same process of faith and pleading as must be gone through by

ourselves! The Savior's prayers among the midnight mountains and in Gethsemane

expound this verse. The Son of David was brought very low, but He rose to victory;

and here He teaches us how to conduct our conflicts so as to succeed after the same

glorious pattern of triumph. Let us arm ourselves with the same mind; and panoplied

in patience, armed with prayer, and girt with faith, let us maintain the Holy War.

 

2   “He brought me up also out of an horrible pit,” - When our Lord bore

in His own person the terrible curse which was due to sin, He was so cast

down as to be like a prisoner in a deep, dark, fearful dungeon, amid whose

horrible glooms the captive heard a noise as of rushing torrents, while

overhead resounded the tramp of furious foes. Our Lord in His anguish was

like a captive in the oubliettes, (a form of dungeon) forgotten of all mankind,

immured amid horror, darkness, and desolation. Yet the Lord Jehovah made Him

to ascend from all His abasement; He retraced His steps from that deep hell of

anguish into which He had been cast as our substitute. He who thus delivered our

surety in extremis, will not fail to liberate us from our far lighter griefs - “out of

the miry clay,” -  The sufferer was as one who cannot find a foothold,

but slips and sinks. The figure indicates not only positive misery as in the

former figure, but the absence of solid comfort by which sorrow might

have been rendered supportable. Once give man a good foothold, and a

burden is greatly lightened, but to be loaded and to be placed on slimy,

slippery clay, is to be tried doubly. Reader, with humble gratitude, adore

the dear Redeemer who, for thy sake, was deprived of all consolation while

surrounded with every form of misery; remark His gratitude at being born

up amid His arduous labors and sufferings, and if thou too hast

experienced the divine help, be sure to join thy Lord in this song -“and set my

feet upon a rock, and established my goings.” The Redeemer's

work is done. He reposes on the firm ground of His accomplished

engagements; He can never suffer again; for ever does He reign in glory.

What a comfort to know that Jesus our Lord and Savior stands on a sure

foundation in all that He is and does for us, and His goings forth in love are

not liable to be cut short by failure in years to come, for God has fixed Him

firmly. He is for ever and eternally able to save unto the uttermost them

that come unto God by him, seeing that in the highest heavens he ever

liveth to make intercession for them (Hebrews 7:25). Jesus is the true Joseph

taken from the pit to be Lord of all. It is something more than a "sip of sweetness"

to remember that if we are cast like our Lord into the lowest pit of shame and

sorrow, we shall by faith rise to stand on the same elevated, sure, and

everlasting rock of divine favor and faithfulness.

 

3  And He hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our

God:” -  At the passover, before His passion, our Lord sang one of the grand

old Psalms of praise; but what is the music of His heart now, in the midst of

His redeemed! What a song is that in which His glad heart for ever leads the

chorus of the elect! Not Miriam's tabor (Exodus 15:20-21) nor Moses' triumphant

hymn over Miriam's chivalry can for a moment rival that ever new and exulting song.

Justice magnified and grace victorious; hell subdued and heaven glorified;

death destroyed and immortality established; sin overthrown and

righteousness resplendent; what a theme for a hymn in that day when our

Lord drinketh the red wine new with us all in our heavenly Father's

kingdom! Even on earth, and before His great passion, He foresaw the joy

which was set before Him, and was sustained by the prospect. Our God.

The God of Jesus, the God of Israel, "my God and your God." How will

we praise Him, but ah! Jesus will be the chief player on our stringed

instruments; He will lead the solemn hallelujah which shall go up from the

sacramental host redeemed by blood - “many shall see it, and fear, and

shall trust in the Lord.”  A multitude that no man can number shall see the

griefs and triumphs of Jesus, shall tremble because of their sinful rejection of Him,

and then through grace shall receive faith and become trusters in Jehovah. Here is

our Lord's reward.  Here is the assurance which makes preachers bold and

workers persevering. Reader, are you one among the many? Note the way of

salvation, a sight, a fear, a trust! Do you know what these mean by

possessing and practicing them in your own soul? Trusting in the Lord is

the evidence, nay, the essence of salvation. He who is a true believer is

evidently redeemed from the dominion of sin and Satan.

 

4   “Blessed” - This is an exclamation similar to that of the first Psalm,

"Oh, the happiness of the man." God's blessings are emphatic, "I wot that

he whom thou blessest is blessed," (Numbers 22:6) - indeed and in very truth.

is that man that maketh the Lord his trust,” -  Faith obtaineth promises. A

simple single eyed confidence in God is the sure mark of blessedness. A

man may be as poor as Lazarus, as hated as Mordecai, as sick as Hezekiah,

as lonely as Elijah, but while his hand of faith can keep its hold on God,

none of his outward afflictions can prevent his being numbered among the

blessed; but the wealthiest and most prosperous man who has no faith is

accursed, be he who he may - “and respecteth not the proud,” - The

proud expect all men to bow down and do them reverence, as if the worship

of the golden calves were again set up in Israel; but believing men are too noble

to honor mere money bags, or cringe before bombastic dignity. The righteous pay

their respect to humble goodness, rather than to inflated self consequence. Our

Lord Jesus was in this our bright example. No flattery of kings and great ones

ever fell from His lips; He gave no honor to dishonorable men. The haughty were

never His favourites - “nor such as turn aside to lies.”  Heresies and idolatries

are lies, and so are avarice, worldliness, and pleasure seeking. Woe to those who

follow such deceptions. Our Lord was ever both the truth and the lover of truth,

and the father of lies (Satan – John 8:44) had no part in Him. We must never pay

deference to apostates, time servers, and false teachers; they are an ill leaven, and

the more we purge ourselves of them the better; they are blessed whom God

preserves from all error in creed and practice. Judged by this verse, many

apparently happy persons must be the reverse of blessed, for anything in

the shape of a purse, a fine equipage, or a wealthy establishment,

commands their reverence, whether the owner be a rake or a saint, an idiot

or a philosopher. Verily, were the arch fiend of hell to start a carriage and

pair, and live like a lord, he would have thousands who would court his

acquaintance.

 

5  Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast

done,” -  Creation, providence, and redemption, teem with wonders as the sea

with life. Our special attention is called by this passage to the marvels

which cluster around the cross and flash from it. The accomplished

redemption achieves many ends, and compasses a variety of designs; the

outgoings of the atonement are not to be reckoned up, the influences of the

cross reach further than the beams of the sun. Wonders of grace beyond all

enumeration take their rise from the cross; adoption, pardon, justification,

and a long chain of godlike miracles of love proceed from it. Note that our

Lord here speaks of the Lord as "my God." The man Christ Jesus claimed

for Himself and us a covenant relationship with Jehovah. Let our interest in

our God be ever to us our peculiar treasure - “and thy thoughts which

are to us-ward” - The divine thoughts march with the divine acts, for it is

not according to God's wisdom to act without deliberation and counsel.

All the divine thoughts are good and gracious towards His elect. God's thoughts

of love are very many, very wonderful, very practical! Muse on them, dear reader;

no sweeter subject ever occupied your mind. God's thoughts of you are many,

let not yours be few in return - “they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee:”

Their sum is so great as to forbid alike analysis and numeration. Human minds

fail to measure, or to arrange in order, the Lord's ways and thoughts; and it must

always be so, for He hath said, "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so

are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts."  

(Isaiah 55:9) - No maze to lose oneself in like the labyrinth of love. How sweet to

be outdone, overcome and overwhelmed by the astonishing grace of the Lord

our God! - “if I would declare and speak of them,” and surely this should be the

occupation of my tongue at all seasonable opportunities, “they are more

than can be numbered.” - Far beyond all human arithmetic they are multiplied;

thoughts from all eternity, thoughts of my fall, my restoration, my

redemption, my conversion, my pardon, my upholding, my perfecting, my

eternal reward; the list is too long for writing, and the value of the mercies

too great for estimation. Yet, if we cannot show forth all the works of the

Lord, let us not make this an excuse for silence; for our Lord, who is in this

our best example, often spake of the tender thoughts of the great Father.

 

6   Here we enter upon one of the most wonderful passages in the whole of the

Old Testament, a passage in which the incarnate Son of God is seen not

 through a glass darkly, but as it were face to face.  “Sacrifice and offering

thou didst not desire:” -  In themselves considered, and for their own sakes,

the Lord saw nothing satisfactory in the various offerings of the ceremonial law.

Neither the victim pouring forth its blood, nor the fine flour rising in smoke from

the altar, could yield content to Jehovah's mind; He cared not for the flesh of bulls

or of goats, neither had He pleasure in corn and wine, and oil. Typically these

offerings had their worth, but when Jesus, the Antitype, came into the world, they

ceased to be of value, as candles are of no estimation when the sun has arisen.

mine ears hast thou opened:” - Our Lord was quick to hear and perform His

Father's will; His ears were as if excavated down to His soul; they were not

closed up like Isaac's wells, which the Philistines filled up, but clear

passages down to the fountains of His soul. The prompt obedience of our

Lord is here the first idea. There is, however, no reason whatever to reject

the notion that the digging of the ear here intended may refer to the boring

of the ear of the servant, who refused out of love to his master to take his

liberty, at the year of jubilee; his perforated ear, the token of perpetual

service, is a true picture of our blessed Lord's fidelity to His Father's

business, and His love to His Father's children. Jesus irrevocably gave

Himself up to be the servant of servants for our sake and God's glory. The

Septuagint, from which Paul quoted, has translated this passage, "A body

hast thou prepared me:" (Hebrews 10:5) -  how this reading arose it is not

easy to imagine, but since apostolical authority has sanctioned the variation,

we accept it as no mistake, but as an instance of various readings equally inspired.

In any case, the passage represents the Only Begotten as coming into the world

equipped for service; and in a real and material body, by actual life and

death, putting aside all the shadows of the Mosaic law - “burnt offering and

sin offering hast thou not required.”  Two other forms of offerings are here

mentioned; tokens of gratitude and sacrifices for sin as typically presented are

set aside; neither the general nor the private offerings are any longer demanded.

What need of mere emblems when the substance itself is present? We learn from

this verse that Jehovah values far more the obedience of the heart than all the

imposing performances of ritualistic worship; and that our expiation from sin comes

not to us as the result of an elaborate ceremonial, but as the effect of our great

Substitute's obedience to the will of Jehovah.

 

7   “Then said I,” - That is to say, when it was clearly seen that man's

misery could not be remedied by sacrifices and offerings. It being certain

that the mere images of atonement, and the bare symbols of propitiation

were of no avail, the Lord Jesus, in propria persona, (“for one’s self” –

acting on one’s own behalf as an attorney in a lawsuit) intervened. O blessed

"then said I." Lord, ever give us to hear and feed on such living words as

these, so peculiarly and personally thine own – “Lo, I come:” -  Behold, O

heavens, and thou earth, and ye places under the earth! Here is something

worthy of your most intense gaze. Sit ye down and watch with earnestness,

for the invisible God comes in the likeness of sinful flesh, and as an infant

the Infinite hangs at a virgin's breast! Immanuel did not send but come; He

came in His own personality, in all that constituted His essential self He came

forth from the ivory palaces to the abodes of misery; He came promptly at

the destined hour; He came with sacred alacrity as one freely offering

Himself - “in the volume of the book it is written of me.” In the eternal decree

it is thus recorded. The mystic roll of predestination which providence

gradually unfolds, contained within it, to the Savior's knowledge, a

written covenant, that in the fullness of time the divine I should descend to

earth to accomplish a purpose which hecatombs of bullocks and rams could

not achieve. What a privilege to find our names written in the book of life,

and what an honor, since the name of Jesus heads the page! Our Lord had

respect to His ancient covenant engagements, and herein He teaches us to

be scrupulously just in keeping our word; have we so promised, it is so

written in the book of remembrance? Then let us never be defaulters.

 

8  I delight to do thy will, O my God:” - Our blessed Lord alone could

completely do the will of God. The law is too broad for such poor

creatures as we are to hope to fulfill it to the uttermost: but Jesus not only

did the Father's will, but found a delight therein; from old eternity He had

desired the work set before Him; in His human life He was straitened till He

reached the baptism of agony in which He magnified the law, and even in

Gethsemane itself He chose the Father's will, and set aside His own. Herein

is the essence of obedience, namely, in the soul's cheerful devotion to God:

and our Lord's obedience, which is our righteousness, is in no measure

lacking in this eminent quality. Notwithstanding His measureless griefs, our

Lord found delight in His work, and for "the joy that was set before him he

endured the cross, despising the shame." (Hebrews 12:2) – “yea, thy law

is within my heart.”  No outward, formal devotion was rendered by Christ;

His heart was in His work, holiness was His element, the Father's will His meat

and drink.  (John 4:34) -  We must each of us be like our Lord in this, or we

shall lack the evidence of being His disciples. Where there is no heart work,

no pleasure, no delight in God's law, there can be no acceptance. Let the

devout reader adore the Savior for the spontaneous and hearty manner in

which He undertook the great work of our salvation.

 

9   “I have preached righteousness in the great congregation:” - The

purest morality and the highest holiness were preached by Jesus.

Righteousness divine was His theme. Our Lord's whole life was a sermon,

eloquent beyond compare, and it is heard each day by myriads. Moreover,

He never shunned in His ministry to declare the whole counsel of God;

God's great plan of righteousness He plainly set forth. He taught openly in

the temple, and was not ashamed to be a faithful and a true witness. He

was the great evangelist; the master of itinerant preachers; the head of the

clan of open air missionaries. O servants of the Lord, hide not your lights,

but reveal to others what your God has revealed to you; and especially by

your lives testify for holiness, be champions for the right, both in word and

deed - “lo, I have not refrained my lips, O Lord, thou knowest.”

Never either from love of ease, of fear of men, did the Great Teacher's lips

become closed.  He was instant in season and out of season. The poor listened

to Him, and princes heard His rebuke; Publicans rejoiced at Him, and Pharisees

raged, but to them both He proclaimed the truth from heaven. It is well for a tried

believer when he can appeal to God and call Him to witness that he has not

been ashamed to bear witness for Him; for rest assured if we are not

ashamed to confess our God, He will never be ashamed to own us. Yet

what a wonder is here, that the Son of God should plead, just as we plead,

and urge just such arguments as would befit the mouths of His diligent

minsters! How truly is He "made like unto His brethren."  (Hebrews 2:17)

 

10   “I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart;” - On the contrary,

"Never man spake like this man."  (John 7:46) - God's divine plan of making

men righteous was well known to Him, and He plainly taught it. What was in our

great Master's heart He poured forth in holy eloquence from His lips. The

doctrine of righteousness by faith He spake with great simplicity of speech.

Law and gospel equally found in Him a clear expositor.  “I have declared thy

faithfulness and thy salvation:”  Jehovah's fidelity to His promises and His

grace in saving believers were declared by the Lord Jesus on many occasions,

and are blessedly blended in the gospel which He came to preach. God, faithful

to His own character, law and threatenings, and yet saving sinners, is a peculiar

revelation of the gospel. God faithful to the saved ones evermore is the joy of the

followers of Christ Jesus.  “I have not concealed thy loving-kindness and

thy truth from the great congregation.”  The tender as well as the stern

attributes of God, our Lord Jesus fully unveiled. Concealment was far from the

Great Apostle of our profession. Cowardice He never exhibited, hesitancy

never weakened His language. He who as a child of twelve years spake in the

temple among the doctors, and afterward preached to five thousand at

Gennesaret, and to the vast crowds at Jerusalem on that great day, the last day

of the feast, was always ready to proclaim the name of the Lord, and could never be

charged with unholy silence. He could be dumb when so the prophecy

demanded and patience suggested, but otherwise, preaching was His meat

and His drink, and He kept back nothing which would be profitable to His

disciples. This in the day of His trouble, according to this Psalm, He used as

a plea for divine aid. He had been faithful to His God, and now begs the

Lord to be faithful to Him. Let every dumb professor, tongue tied by sinful

shame, bethink himself how little he will be able to plead after this fashion

in the day of his distress.

 

11  Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O Lord:” - Alas!

these were to be for awhile withheld from our Lord while on the accursed

tree, but meanwhile in His great agony He seeks for gentle dealing; and the

coming of the angel to strengthen Him (Luke 22:43) was a clear answer to

His prayer. He had been blessed aforetime in the desert, (Matthew 4:11;

Mark 1:13) and now at the  entrance of the valley of the shadow of death,

like a true, trustful, and experienced man, He utters a holy, plaintive desire

for the tenderness of heaven. He had not withheld His testimony to God's truth,

now in return He begs His Father not to withhold His compassion. This verse

might more correctly be read as a declaration of His confidence that help would

not be refused; but whether we view this utterance as the cry of prayer, or the

avowal of faith, in either case it is instructive to us who take our suffering Lord

for an example, and it proves to us how thoroughly He was made like unto His

brethren - “let thy loving-kindness and thy truth continually preserve me.”

 He had preached both of these, and now He asks for an experience of them,

that He might be kept in the evil day and rescued from His enemies and His

afflictions. Nothing endears our Lord to us more than to hear Him thus

pleading with strong crying and tears to Him who was able to save (Hebrews

5:7). O Lord Jesus, in our nights of wrestling we will remember thee.

 

12  For innumerable evils have compassed me about:” - On every side

He was beset with evils; countless woes environed the great Substitute for

our sins. Our sins were innumerable, and so were His griefs. There was no

escape for us from our iniquities, and there was no escape for Him from the

woes which we deserved. From every quarter evils accumulated about the

blessed One, although in His heart evil found no place - “mine iniquities

have taken hold upon me, so that I am not able to look up;” - He had no

sin, but sins were laid on Him, and He took them as if they were His.

"He was made sin for us." – (II Corinthians 5:21) - The transfer of sin to

the Savior was real, and produced in Him as man the horror which forbade Him

to look into the face of God, bowing Him down with crushing anguish and

 woe intolerable.  O my soul, what would thy sins have done for thee eternally

if the Friend of sinners had not condescended to take them all upon Himself?

Oh, blessed Scripture! "The Lord hath made to meet upon him the iniquity of us

all"  (Isaiah 53:6).  Oh, marvelous depth of love, which could lead the perfectly

Immaculate to stand in the sinner's place, and bear the horror of great trembling

which sin must bring upon those conscious of it - “they are more than the hairs

of mine head: therefore my heart faileth me.”  The pains of the divine penalty

were beyond compute, and the Savior's soul was so burdened with them, that He

was sore amazed, and very heavy even unto a sweat of blood (Luke 22:44).

His strength was gone, His spirits sank, He was in an agony.

 

                        "Came at length the dreadful night.

                        Vengeance with its iron rod

                        Stood, and with collected might

                        Bruised the harmless Lamb of God,

                        See, my soul, thy Savior see,

                        Prostrate in Gethsemane!"

 

                        "There my God bore all my guilt,

                        This through grace can be believed;

                        But the horrors which He felt

                        Are too vast to be conceived.

                        None can penetrate through thee,

                        Doleful, dark Gethsemane."

           

                        "Sins against a holy God;

                        Sins against His righteous laws;

                        Sins against His love, His blood;

                        Sins against His name and cause;

                        Sins immense as is the sea—

                        Hide me, O Gethsemane!"

 

13  Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me: O Lord, make haste to help me.”

 How touching! How humble! How plaintive! The words thrill us as we think that

after this sort our Lord and Master prayed. His petition is not so much that the cup

should pass away undrained, but that He should be sustained while drinking it, and

set free from its power at the first fitting moment. He seeks deliverance and help;

and He entreats that the help may not be slow in coming; this is after the manner of

our pleadings. Is it not? Note, reader, how our Lord was heard in that He feared,

(Hebrews 5:7) for there was after Gethsemane a calm endurance which made the

fight as glorious as the victory.

 

14  Let them be ashamed and confounded together that seek after my

soul to destroy it:” -  Whether we read this as a prayer or a prophecy it

matters not, for the powers of sin, and death, and hell, may well be

ashamed as they see the result of their malice for ever turned against

themselves. It is to the infinite confusion of Satan that his attempts to

destroy the Savior destroyed himself; the diabolical conclave who plotted

in council are now all alike put to shame, for the Lord Jesus has met them

at all points, and turned all their wisdom into foolishness - “let them be driven

backward and put to shame that wish me evil.” It is even so; the hosts of darkness

are utterly put to the rout, and made a theme for holy derision for ever and ever. How

did they gloat over the thought of crushing the seed of the woman! But the Crucified

has conquered, the Nazarene has laughed them to scorn, the dying Son of Man has

become the death of death and hell's destruction. For ever blessed be His name.

 

15  Let them be desolate” - or amazed; even as Jesus was desolate in

His agony, so let His enemies be in their despair when He defeats them. The

desolation caused in the hearts of evil spirits and evil men by envy, malice,

chagrin, disappointment, and despair, shall be a fit recompense for their

cruelty to the Lord when He was in their hands - “for a reward of their

shame that say unto me, Aha, aha.”  Did the foul fiend insult over our Lord?

Behold how shame is now his reward! Do wicked men today pour shame upon

the name of the Redeemer? Their desolation shall avenge Him of His adversaries!

Jesus is the gentle Lamb to all who seek mercy through His blood; but let

despisers beware, for He is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, (Revelation 5:5) and

"who shall rouse him up?"  (Genesis 49:9)  - The Jewish rulers

exulted and scornfully said, "Aha, aha; " but when the streets of Jerusalem

ran like rivers deep with gore, "and the temple was utterly consumed, " then

their house was left unto them desolate, and the blood of the last of the

prophets, according to their own desire, came upon themselves and upon

their children. (Matthew 23:38; 27:25) O ungodly reader, if such a person

glance over this page, beware of persecuting Christ and His people, for

God will surely avenge his own elect. Your "ahas" will cost you dear.

It is hard for you to kick against the pricks.  (Acts 9:5)

 

16  Let all those that seek thee, rejoice and be glad in thee:”  We

have done with Ebal and turn to Gerizim (Joshua 8:30-35).  Here our Lord

pronounces benedictions on His people. Note who the blessed objects of His

petition are: not all men, but some men, "I pray for them, I pray not for the

world." (John 17:9)   He pleads for seekers: the lowest in the kingdom, the

babes of the family; those who have true desires, longing prayers, and consistent

endeavors after God. Let seeking souls pluck up heart when they hear of this.

What riches of grace, that in His bitterest hour Jesus should remember the lambs

of the flock! And what does He entreat for them? It is that they may be

doubly glad, intensely happy, emphatically joyful, for such the repetition of

terms implies. Jesus would have all seekers made happy, by finding what

they seek after, and by winning peace through His grief. As deep as were

His sorrows, so high would He have their joys. He groaned that we might

sing, and was covered with a bloody sweat that we might be anointed with

the oil of gladness - “let such as love thy salvation say continually,

The Lord be magnified.” Another result of the Redeemer's passion is the

promotion of the glory of God by those who gratefully delight in His

salvation. Our Lord's desire should be our directory; we love with all our

hearts His great salvation, let us then, with all our tongues proclaim the glory

of God which is resplendent therein. Never let His praises cease. As the heart

is warm with gladness let it incite the tongue to perpetual praise. If we cannot do

what we would for the spread of the kingdom, at least let us desire and pray for

it. Be it ours to make God's glory the chief end of every breath and pulse.

The suffering Redeemer regarded the consecration of His people to the

service of heaven as a grand result of His atoning death; it is the joy which

was set before Him; that God is glorified as the reward of the Savior's travail.

(Isaiah 53:11)

 

17  But I am poor and needy:” -  The man of sorrows closes with

another appeal, based upon His affliction and poverty - “yet the Lord thinketh

upon me:” -  Sweet was this solace to the holy heart of the great sufferer. The

Lord's thoughts of us are a cheering subject of meditation, for they are ever

kind and never cease. His disciples forsook Him, and His friends forgat Him,

but Jesus knew that Jehovah never turned away His heart from Him,

and this upheld Him in the hour of need - “thou art my help and my deliverer:” –

His unmoved confidence stayed itself alone on God. O that all believers would

imitate more fully their great Apostle and High Priest in His firm reliance

 upon God, even when afflictions abounded and the light was veiled - “make no

tarrying, O my God.”  The peril was imminent, the need urgent, the

suppliant could not endure delay, nor was He made to wait, for the angel

came to strengthen, and the brave heart of Jesus rose up to meet the foe.

Lord Jesus, grant that in all our adversities we may possess like precious

faith, and be found like thee, more than conquerors.

 

 

 

 

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