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Title. A Song of Degrees. A joyful song indeed: let all pilgrims to the New Jerusalem sing
it often. The degrees or ascents are very visible; the theme ascends step by step from,
"afflictions" to a "crown", from "remember David", to, "I will make the horn of David to bud."
The latter half is like the over arching sky bending above "the fields of the wood" which are
found in the resolves and prayers of the former portion.
Division. Our translators have rightly divided this Psalm. It contains a statement of
David's anxious care to build a house for the Lord (vs.1-7); a prayer at the removal of
1 Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions: With David the covenant was
made, and therefore his name is pleaded on behalf of his descendants, and the people
who would be blessed by his dynasty. Jehovah, who changes not, will never forget
one of His servants, or fail to keep His covenant; yet for this thing He is to be entreated.
That which we are assured the Lord will do must, nevertheless, be made a matter of
prayer. The request is that the Lord would remember, and this is a word full of meaning.
We know that the Lord remembered Noah, and assuaged the flood; He remembered
Abraham, and sent Lot out of
children; He remembered His mercy to the house of
a choice song wherein we sing, "He remembered us in our low estate: for his mercy
endureth for ever"; (ch. 136:3) and this is a notable prayer, "Lord remember me"
(prayed by Hannah I Samuel 1:11; by Nehemiah Nehemiah 13:14,22,31; by
Job Job 14:13; the Psalmist Psalms chps. 25:7; 106:4; by Jeremiah Jeremiah 15:15;
and by the thief on the cross Luke 23:42; and often by you and me! CY 2010)
The plea is urged with God that He would bless the family of David for the sake
of their progenitor; how much stronger is our master-argument in prayer that God
would deal well with us for Jesus' sake! David had no personal merit; the plea is based
upon the covenant graciously made With him: but Jesus has deserts which are His own,
and of boundless merits, these we may urge without hesitation. When the Lord was angry
with the reigning prince, the people cried, "Lord remember David"; and when
they needed any special blessing, again they sang, "Lord, remember David." This was
good pleading, but it was not so good as ours, which runs on this wise, "Lord,
remember Jesus, and all His afflictions." The afflictions of David here meant were
those which came upon him as a godly man his endeavors to maintain the worship of
Jehovah, and to provide for its decent and suitable celebration. There was always an
ungodly party in the nation, and these persons were never slow to slander, hinder, and
molest the servant of the Lord. Whatever were David's faults, he kept true to the one,
only, living, and true God; and for this he was a speckled bird among monarchs. Since
he zealously delighted in the worship of Jehovah, his God, he was despised and
ridiculed by those who could not understand his enthusiasm. God will never forget
what His people suffer for His sake. No doubt innumerable blessings descend upon families
and nations through the godly lives and patient sufferings of the saints. We cannot be saved
by the merits of others, but beyond all question we are benefited by their virtues.
Paul saith, "God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, which ye
have showed toward His name." (Hebrews 6:10) Under the New Testament
dispensation, as well as under the Old, there is a full reward for the righteous. That
reward frequently comes upon their descendants rather than upon themselves: they
sow, and their successors reap. (This is certainly what has happened in the last 50 years
in a very negative and unblessed way CY 2010)
2 How he swear unto the LORD, and vowed unto the mighty God of Jacob;
Moved by intense devotion, David expressed his resolve in the form of a solemn vow,
which was sealed with an oath. The fewer of such vows the better under a dispensation
whose great Representative has said, "swear not at all." (Matthew 5:34) - Perhaps even
in this case it had been wiser to have left the pious resolve in the hands of God in the form
of a prayer; for the vow was not actually fulfilled as intended, since the Lord forbade David
to build Him a temple. We had better not swear to do anything before we know the Lord's
mind about it, and then we shall not need to swear. The instance of David's vows shows
that vows are allowable, but it does not prove that they are desirable. Probably David
went too far in his words, and it is well that the Lord did not hold him to the letter of his
bond, but accepted the will for the deed, and the meaning of his promise instead of the
literal sense of it. David imitated Jacob, that great maker of
him rested the blessing pronounced on Jacob by Isaac, "God Almighty
bless thee" (Genesis 28:3), which was remembered by the patriarch on his death bed,
when he spoke of "the mighty God of Jacob." (Genesis 49:24) - God is mighty to hear
us, and to help us in performing our vow. We should be full of awe at the idea of
making any promise to the Mighty God: to dare to trifle with Him would be grievous
indeed. It is observable that affliction led both David and Jacob into covenant dealings
with the Lord: many vows are made in anguish of soul. We may also remark that,
if the votive obligations of David are to be remembered of the Lord, much more are the
surety-ship engagements of the Lord Jesus before the mind of the great Lord, to whom
our soul turns in the hour of our distress. Note, upon this verse, that Jehovah was the
God of Jacob, the same God evermore; that He had this for His attribute, that He is
mighty mighty to succor His Jacobs who put their trust in Him, though their
afflictions be many. He is, moreover, specially the Mighty One of His people; He is
the God of Jacob in a sense in which He is not the God of unbelievers. So here
we have three points concerning our God: name, Jehovah; attribute, mighty;
special relationship, "mighty God of Jacob." He it is who is asked to remember
David and his trials, and there is a plea for that blessing in each one of the three points.
3 Surely I will not come into the tabernacle of my house, nor go up into my bed;
Our translators give the meaning, though not the literal form, of David's vow, which ran
thus, "If I go" "If I go up", etc. This was an elliptical form of imprecation, implying
more than it expressed, and having therefore about it a mystery which made it all the
more solemn. David would not take his ease in his house, nor his rest in his bed, till he
had determined upon a place for the worship of Jehovah. The ark had been neglected,
the Tabernacle had fallen into disrespect; he would find the ark, and build for it a
suitable house; he felt that he could not take pleasure in his own palace till this was
done. David meant well, but he spake more than he could carry out. His language
was hyperbolical, and the Lord knew what he meant: zeal does not always measure
its terms, for it is not thoughtful of the criticisms of men, but is carried away with love
to the Lord, who reads the hearts of His people. (ch. 139:2) David would not think
himself housed till he had built a house for the Lord, nor would he reckon himself
rested till he had said, "Arise, O Lord, into thy rest." (v. 8; II Chronicles 6:41) Alas,
we have many around us who will never carry their care for the Lord's worship too far!
No fear of their being indiscreet? They are housed and bedded, and as for the Lord,
His people may meet in a barn, or never meet at all, it will be all the same to them.
Observe that Jacob in his vow spoke of the stone being God's house, (Genesis 28:17)
and David's vow also deals with a house for God.
4 I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, He could not
enjoy sleep till he had done his best to provide a place for the ark. It is a strong expression,
and it is not to be coolly discussed by us. Remember that the man was all on fire, and he
was writing poetry also, and therefore his language is not that which we should employ in
cold blood. Everybody can see what he means, and how intensely he means it. Oh,
that many more were seized with sleeplessness because the house of the Lord lies waste?
They can slumber fast enough, and not even disturb themselves with a dream, though the
cause of God should be brought to the lowest ebb by their covetousness. What is to
become of those who have no care about divine things, and never give a thought to the
claims of their God?
5 Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
He resolved to find a place where Jehovah would allow His worship to be celebrated, a
house where God would fix the symbol of His presence, and commune with His people.
At that time, in all David's land, there was no proper place for that ark whereon the Lord
had placed the mercy seat, where prayer could be offered, and where the manifested
glory shone forth. All things had fallen into decay, and the outward forms of public worship
were too much disregarded; hence the King resolves to be first and foremost in establishing
a better order of things. Yet one cannot help remembering that the holy resolve of David
gave to a place and a house much more importance than the Lord Himself ever attached
to such matters. This is indicated in Nathan's message from the Lord to the king"Go and
tell my servant David, Thus saith the Lord, Shalt thou build me an house for me to
dwell in? Whereas I have not dwelt in any house since the time that I brought up the
tabernacle. In all the places wherein I have walked with all the children of Israel
spake I a word with any of the tribes of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my
7: 5-7) Stephen in his inspired speech puts the matter plainly: "Solomon built him
an house. Howbeit the Most High dwelleth not in temples made with hands."
7:47-48) It is a striking
fact that true religion never flourished more in
than before the temple was built, and that from the day of the erection of that
magnificent house the spirit of godliness declined. Good men may have on
their hearts matters which seem to them of chief importance, and it may be
acceptable with God that they should seek to carry them out; and yet in His
infinite wisdom He may judge it best to prevent their executing their designs.
God does not measure His people's actions by their wisdom, or
want of wisdom, but by the sincere desire for His glory which has led up to them.
David's resolution, though he was not allowed to fulfill it, brought a blessing upon
him: the Lord promised to build the house of David, because he had desired to build
the house of the Lord. Moreover, the King was allowed to prepare the treasure for
the erection of the glorious edifice which was built by his son and successor. The Lord
shows the acceptance of what we desire to do by permitting us to do something else
which His infinite mind judges to be fitter for us, and more honorable to Himself.
6 Meanwhile, where was the habitation of God among men? He was wont to shine
forth from between the cherubim, but where was the ark? It was like a hidden thing,
a stranger in its own land. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: - Rumors came that it
was somewhere in the
dread than of delight. Is it not wonderful that so renowned a symbol of the presence
of the Lord should be lingering in neglect a neglect so great that it was remarkable
that we should have heard of its whereabouts at all? When a man begins to think upon
God and His service it is comforting that the gospel is heard of. Considering the opposition
which it has encountered it is marvelous that it should be heard of, and
heard of in a place remote from the central city; but yet we are sorrowful that it is only
in connection with some poor despised place that we do hear of it. What is Ephratah?
Who at this time knows where it was? How could the ark have remained there so long?
David instituted a search for the ark. It had to be hunted for high and low; and at last at
Kirjathjearim, the forest city, he came upon it. How often do souls find Christ and His
salvation in out of the way places! What matters where we meet with Him so long as
we do behold Him, and final life in Him?
That is a blessed
in our text"we found it." The matter began with hearing, led on to a search, and
concluded in a joyful find. "We found it in the fields of the wood." Alas that there
should be no room for the Lord in the palaces of kings, so that He must needs take
to the woods. If Christ be in a wood He will yet be found of those who seek for Him.
He is as near in the rustic home, embowered among the trees, as in the open streets of
the city; yea, He will answer prayer offered from the heart of the black forest where the
lone traveler seems out of all hope of hearing. The text presents us with an instance of
one whose heart was set upon finding the place where God would meet with him; this
made him quick of hearing, and so the cheering news soon reached him. The tidings
renewed his ardor, and led him to stick at no difficulties in his search; and so it came
to pass that, where he could hardly have expected it, he lighted upon the treasure
which he so much prized.
7 We will go into His tabernacles - Having found the place where He dwells we
will hasten thereto. He has many dwellings in one in the various courts of His house, and
each of these shall receive the reverence due: in each the priest shall offer for us the
appointed service; and our hearts shall go where our bodies may not enter. David is not
alone, he is represented as having sought for the ark with others, for so the word "we"
implies; and now they are glad to attend him in his pilgrimage to the chosen shrine,
saying, "We found it, we will go." Because these are the Lord's courts we will resort to them.
We will worship at his footstool. The best ordered earthly house can be no more than
the footstool of so great a King. His ark can only reveal the glories of His feet, according to
His promise that He will make the place of His feet glorious: (Isaiah 60:13) yet thither will
we hasten with joy, in glad companionship, and there will we adorn Him. Where Jehovah is,
there shall He be worshipped. It is well not only to go to the Lord's house, but to worship
there: we do but profane His tabernacles if we enter them for any other purpose. Before
leaving this verse let us note the ascent of this Psalm of degrees "We heard...we found...
we will go...we will worship."
8 In vs. 8-10 we see the finders of the ark removing it to its appointed place, using a
formula somewhat like to that used by Moses when he said, "Rise up, Lord", and again,
Lord, unto the many thousands of
had been long upon the move, and no fit place had been found for it in
devout men have prepared a temple, and they sing, Arise, O Lord, into thy rest; thou,
and the ark of thy strength. They hoped that now the covenant symbol had found a
permanent abodea rest, and they trusted that Jehovah would now abide with it for ever.
Vain would it be for the ark to be settled if the Lord did not continue with it, and perpetually
shine forth from between the cherubim. Unless the Lord shall rest with us there is no rest for
us; unless the ark of His strength abide with us we are ourselves without strength. The ark
of the covenant is here mentioned by a name which it well deserved; for in its captivity it
smote its captors, and broke their gods, and when it was brought back it guarded its own
honor by the death of those who dared to treat it with disrespect. (II Samuel 6:1-11)
The power of God was thus connected with the sacred chest. Reverently, therefore,
did Solomon pray concerning it as he besought the living God to consecrate the temple
by His presence. It is the Lord and the covenant, or rather say the covenant Jehovah
whose presence we desire in our assemblies, and this presence is the strength of His
people. Oh that the Lord would indeed abide in all the churches, and cause His power
to be revealed in
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness; No garment is so resplendent as
that of a holy character. In this glorious robe our great High priest is evermore arrayed,
and He would have all His people adorned in the same manner. Then only are
priests fit to appear before the Lord, and to minister for the profit of the people, when
their lives are dignified with goodness. They must ever remember that they are God's
priests, and should therefore wear the livery of their Lord, which is holiness: they are
not only to have righteousness, but to be clothed with it, so that upon every part of them
righteousness shall be conspicuous. Whoever looks upon God's servants should see
holiness if they see nothing else. Now, this righteousness of the ministers of the temple
is prayed for in connection with the presence of the Lord; and this instructs us that
holiness is only to be found among those who commune with God, and only
comes to them through His visitation of their spirits. God will dwell among a holy
people; and on the other hand, where God is the people become holy - and let thy
saints shout for joy. Holiness and happiness go together; where the one is found, the
other ought never to be far away. Holy persons have a right to great and demonstrative
joy: they may shout because of it. Since they are saints, and thy saints, and thou hast
come to dwell with them, O Lord, thou hast made it their duty to rejoice, and to let
others know of their joy. The sentence, while it may read as a permit, is also a precept:
saints are commanded to rejoice in the Lord. Happy religion which makes it a duty to
be glad! Where righteousness is the clothing, joy may well be the occupation.
10 For thy servant Davids sake turn not away the face of thine anointed.
King Solomon was praying, and here the people pray for him that his face may not
be turned away, or that he may not be refused an audience. It is a dreadful thing to
have our face turned away from God, or to have His face turned away from us.
If we are anointed of the Spirit the Lord will look upon us with favor. Specially is this true
of Him who represents us, and is on our behalf the Christ the truly anointed of the Lord.
Jesus is both our David and God's anointed; in Him is found in fullness that which David
received in measure. For His sake all those who are anointed in Him are accepted. God
blessed Solomon and succeeding kings, for David's sake; and He will bless us for
Jesus' sake. How condescending was the Son of the Highest to take upon Himself the
form of a servant, to be anointed for us, and to go in before the mercy-seat to plead on our
behalf! The Psalm sings of the ark, and it may well remind us of the going in of the anointed
priest within the veil: all depended upon his acceptance, and therefore well do the people
pray, "Turn not away the face of thine anointed." Thus, in these three verses, we have
a prayer for the temple, the ark, the priests, the Levites, the people, and the king: in each
petition there is a fullness of meaning well worthy of careful thought. We cannot plead too
much in detail; the fault of most prayers is their indefiniteness. In God's house and worship
everything needs a blessing, and every person connected therewith needs it continually.
As David vowed and prayed when he was minded to house the ark, so now the prayer
is continued when the temple is consecrated, and the Lord deigns to
fill it with His glory. We shall never have done praying till we have done needing.
11 Here we come to a grand covenant pleading of the kind which is always prevalent
with the Lord. The LORD hath sworn in truth unto, David. We cannot urge
anything with God which is equal to His own word and oath. Jehovah swears that
our faith may have strong confidence in it: He cannot forswear Himself. He swears in
truth, for He means every word that He utters; men may be perjured, but none will be
so profane as to imagine this of the God of truth. By Nathan this covenant of Jehovah
was conveyed to David, and there was no delusion in it. He will not turn from it.
Jehovah is not a changeable being. He never turns from His purpose, much less from
His promise solemnly ratified by oath. He turneth never. He is not a man that He
should lie, nor the son of man that he should repent. (Numbers 23:19) What a rock
they stand upon who have an immutable oath of God for their foundation! We know
that this covenant was really made with Christ, the spiritual seed of David, for Peter
quotes it at Pentecost, saying, "Men and brethren, let me freely speak unto you of the
patriarch David, that he is both dead and buried, and his sepulcher is with us unto
this day. Therefore being a prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an oath
to him, that of the fruit of his loins, according to the flesh, He would raise up Christ
to sit on his throne; He seeing this before spake of the resurrection of Christ." (Acts
2:29-31) Christ therefore sits on a sure throne for ever and ever, seeing that He has
kept the covenant, and through Him the blessing comes upon
in Him. Of the fruit of thy body will I set upon thy throne. Jesus sprang from the race
of David, as the evangelists are careful to record; He was "of the house
and lineage of David": (Luke 2:4) - at this day He is the King of the Jews, and the
Lord has also given Him the heathen for His inheritance. (ch. 2:8) He must reign, and
of His kingdom there shall be no end. (Isaiah 9:7) God Himself has set Him on the
throne, and no rebellion of men or devils can shake His dominion. The honor of
Jehovah is concerned in His reign, and therefore it is never in danger; for the Lord will
not suffer His oath to be dishonored.
12 If thy children will keep my covenant and my testimony that I shall teach them,
There is a condition to the covenant so far as it concerned kings of David's line before
the coming of the true Seed; but he has fulfilled that condition, and made the covenant
indefeasible henceforth and for ever as to himself and the spiritual seed in him. Considered
as it related to temporal things it was no small blessing for David's dynasty
to be secured the throne upon good behavior. These monarchs held their crowns from
God upon the terms of loyalty to their superior Sovereign, the Lord who had elevated them
to their high position. They were to be faithful to the covenant by obedience to the divine
law, and by belief of divine truth, they were to accept Jehovah as their Lord and their
Teacher, regarding Him in both relations as in covenant with them. What a
condescension on God's part to be their teacher! How gladly ought they to render intelligent
obedience! What a proper, righteous, and needful stipulation for God to
make that they should be true to Him when the reward was the promise, their
children shall also sit upon thy throne for evermore. If they will sit at His feet
God will make them sit on a throne; if they will keep the covenant they shall keep
the crown from generation to generation. The
this day had its kings been faithful to the Lord. No internal revolt or external attack
could have overthrown the royal house of David: it fell by its own sin, and by nothing
else. The Lord was continually provoked, but He was amazingly long suffering, for
long after seceding
mercy were shown to her. Divine patience exceeded all limits, for the Lord's regard for
David was exceeding great. The princes of David's house seemed set on ruining
themselves, and nothing could save them; justice waited long, but it was bound at last
to unsheathe the sword and strike. Still, if in the letter man's breach of promise caused
the covenant to fail, yet in spirit and essence the Lord has been true to it, for Jesus
reigns, and holds the throne for ever. David's seed is still royal, for he was the
progenitor according to the flesh of Him who is King of kings and Lord of lords.
This verse shows us the need of family piety. Parents must see to it that their children
know the fear of the Lord, and they must beg the Lord Himself to teach them His truth.
We have no hereditary right to the divine favor: the Lord keeps up His friendship to
families from generation to generation, for He is loath to leave the descendants of
His servants, and never does so except under grievous and long continued
provocation. As believers, we are all in a measure under some such covenant as that
of David: certain of us can look backward for four generations of saintly ancestors, and
we are now glad to look forward and to see our children, and our children's children,
walking in the truth. Yet we know that grace does not run in the blood, and we are
filled with holy fear lest in any of our seed there should be an evil heart of
unbelief in departing from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)
13 For the
LORD hath chosen
till God chose it, David captured it, Solomon built it, and the Lord dwelt in it. So was
the church a mere Jebusite stronghold till grace chose it, conquered it, rebuilt it, and
dwelt in it. Jehovah has chosen His people, and hence they are His people. He has
chosen the church, and hence it is what it is. Thus in the
covenant David and
Christ and His people, go together. David is for
of Christ and His people are mutual. He hath desired it for His habitation. David's
question is answered. The Lord has spoken: the site of the temple is fixed: the place of
the divine manifestation is determined. Indwelling follows upon election, and arises
out of it:
among the people whom He has chosen for Himself is very gracious and yet very
natural: His love will not rest apart from those upon whom He has placed it. God
desires to abide with those whom He has loved with an everlasting love; and we do
not wonder that it should be so, for we also desire the company of our beloved ones.
It is a double marvel, that the Lord should choose and desire such poor creatures as
we are: the indwelling of the Holy Ghost in believers is a wonder of grace
parallel to the incarnation of the Son of God. God in the church is the wonder
of heaven, the miracle of eternity, the glory of infinite love.
14 This is my rest for ever: Oh, glorious words! It is God Himself who here speaks.
Think of rest for God! A Sabbath for the Eternal and a place of abiding for the Infinite.
rest in his love." (Zephaniah 3:17) And this forever. He will not seek another place
of repose, nor grow weary of His saints. In Christ the heart of Deity is filled with content,
and for His sake He is satisfied with His people, and will be so world without end.
These august words declare a distinctive choicethis and no other; a certain choice
this which is well known to me; a present choice this which is here at this moment.
God has made His election of old, He has not changed it, and He never will repent of it:
His church was His rest and is His rest still. As He will not turn from His oath, so He
will never turn from His choice. Oh, that we may enter into His rest, may be part and
parcel of his church, and yield by our loving faith a delight to the mind of Him who
taketh pleasure in them that fear Him, in them that hope in His mercy. (ch. 147:11)
here will I dwell; for I have desired it. Again are we filled with wonder that He
who fills all things should dwell in
unwillingly visit His chosen; He desires to dwell with them; He desires them. He is
come to His church, but He will dwell in it, as His fixed abode. He cared not for the
magnificence of Solomon's temple, but He determined that at the mercy seat He would
be found by suppliants, and that thence He would shine forth in brightness of grace
among the favored nation. All this, however, was but a type of the spiritual house,
of which Jesus is foundation and cornerstone, upon which all the living stones are
builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit. (Ephesians 2:22) - Oh,
the sweetness of the thought that God desires to dwell in His people and rest among
them! Surely if it be His desire He will cause it to be so. If the desire of the righteous
shall be granted much more shall the desire of the righteous God be accomplished.
This is the joy of our souls, for surely we shall rest in God, and certainly our desire is
to dwell in Him. This also is the end of our fears for the
dwell in her, she shall not be moved; if the Lord desire her, the devil cannot destroy her.
15 I will abundantly bless her provision: It must be so. How can we be without a
blessing when the Lord is among us? We live upon His word, we are clothed by His
charity, we are armed by His power: all sorts of provision are in Him, and how can they
be otherwise than blessed? The provision is to be abundantly blessed; then it will be
abundant and blessed. Daily provision, royal provision, satisfying provision, overflowingly
joyful provision the church shall receive; and the divine benediction shall cause us to
receive it with faith, to feed upon it by experience, to grow upon it by sanctification, to be
strengthened by it to labor, cheered by it to patience, and built up by it to perfection.
I will satisfy her poor with bread. The citizens of
poor in spirit, and often poor in pocket, but their hearts and souls shall dwell in such
abundance that they shall neither need more nor desire more. Satisfaction
is the crown of experience. Where God rests His people shall be satisfied. They
are to be satisfied with what the Lord Himself calls "bread", and we may be sure that
He knows what is really bread for souls. He will not give us a stone. The Lord's poor
shall "have food convenient for them": that which will suit their palate, remove their hunger,
fill their desire, build up their frame, and perfect their growth. The bread of earth is
"the bread that perisheth", (John 6:27) but the bread of God endureth to life eternal.
In the church where God rests His people shall not starve; the Lord would never rest if they
did. He did not take rest for six days till He had prepared the world for the first man to live in;
He would not stay His hand till all things were ready; therefore, we may be sure if the Lord
rests it is because "it is finished", and the Lord hath prepared of His goodness for the poor.
Where God finds His desire His people shall find theirs; if He is satisfied, they shall be.
16 More is promised than was prayed for. See how the v, 9 asks for the priests to be
clad in righteousness, and the answer is, I will also clothe her priests with salvation:
God is wont to do exceeding abundantly, above all that we ask or even think. (Ephesians
3:20) Righteousness is but one feature of blessing, salvation is the whole of it. What cloth
of gold is this! What more than regal array! Garments of salvation! we know who has
woven them, who has dyed them, and who has given them to His people. These are the
best robes for priests and preachers, for princes and people; there is none like them;
give them me. Not every priest shall be thus clothed, but only her priests, those who
truly belong to
unto God. These, are clothed by the Lord Himself, and none can clothe as He does.
If even the grass of the field is so clothed by the Creator as to out do Solomon in all his
glory, (Matthew 6:29) how must His own children be clad? Truly He shall be admired in
His saints; (II Thessalonians 1:10) the liveries [distinct clothing] of His servants shall
be the wonder of heaven. - and her saints shall shout aloud for joy. Again we have
a golden answer to a silver prayer. The Psalmist would have the "saints shout for joy."
"That they shall do", saith the Lord, "and aloud too"; they shall be exceedingly full of delight;
their songs and shouts shall be so hearty that they shall sound as the noise of many waters,
and as great thunders. (Revelation 14:2; 19:6) These joyful ones are not, however, the mimic
saints of superstition, but her saints, saints of the Most High, "sanctified in Christ Jesus."
These shall be so abundantly blessed and so satisfied, and so apparelled that they can
do no otherwise than shout to show their astonishment, their triumph, their gratitude,
their enthusiasm, their joy in the Lord.!
The sight of God at rest among His chosen is enough to make the most silent shout. If the
morning stars sang together when the earth and heavens were made, much more will all
the sons of God shout for joy when the new heavens and the new earth are finished,
and the New Jerusalem comes down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride
for her husband. (Isaiah 65:18; II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:2) Meanwhile, even now
the dwelling of the Lord among us is a perennial fountain of sparkling delight to all holy
minds. This shouting for joy is
shout aloud, and depend upon it they will: who shall stop them of this glorying? The
Lord hath said by His Spirit, "let them shout aloud": who is he that shall make them
hold their peace? The Bridegroom is with them, and shall the children of the bride
chamber fast?: Nay, verily, we rejoice, yea and will rejoice.
will I make the horn of David to bud: In
develop power and glory. In our notes from other authors we have included a
description of the growth of the horns of stags, which is the natural fact from which
we conceive the expression in the text to be borrowed. As the stag is made noble and
strong by the development of his horns, so the house of David shall advance from
strength to strength. This was to be by the work of the Lord"there will I make",
and therefore it would be sure and solid growth. When God makes us to bud none can
cause us to fade. When David's descendants left the Lord and the worship of His
house, they DECLINED in all respects, for it was only through the Lord, and in
connection with His worship that their horn would bud. I have ordained a lamp
for mine anointed. David's name was to be illustrious, and brilliant as a lamp;
(to this day the Star of David is an insignia on their war planes CY 2010) it was
to continue shining like a lamp in the sanctuary; it was thus to be a comfort to the
people, and an enlightenment to the nations. God would not suffer the light of David
to go out by the extinction of his race: His holy ordinances had decreed that the
house of His servant should remain in the midst of
light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of his people
anointed the true Christ, HE SHALL BE THE LIGHT OF HEAVEN ITSELF!
Oh for grace to receive our illumination and our consolation from Jesus Christ alone!
18 His enemies will I clothe with shame: They shall be utterly defeated, they shall
loathe their evil design, they shall be despised for having hated the Ever Blessed One.
Their shame they will be unable to hide, it shall cover them: God will array them in it
for ever, and it shall be their CONVICT DRESS TO ALL ETERNITY But upon
Himself shall His crown flourish. Green shall be His laurels of victory. He shall win
and wear the crown of honor, and His inherited diadem shall increase in splendor. Is it
not so to this hour with Jesus? His kingdom cannot fail, His imperial glories cannot fade.
It is Himself that we delight to honor; it is to Himself that the honor comes, and upon
Himself that it flourishes. If others snatch at His crown their traitorous aims are defeated;
but He in His own person reigns with ever growing splendor.
"Crown him, crown him,
Crowns become the victor's brow."
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