3. So the Lord, although he tarrieth to let us see our own weakness, yet no doubt He will come: He dealt thus with Jacob, he wrestled all night with him till the break of day, and then blessed him; David, after he was long pursued and persecuted by Saul, yet at last got rest and ease. The extent of a Christian’s privileges no mind can embrace. It is “plenteous,” again, if we consider the sins of all who are redeemed. So with our fellow-subjects and our fellow-men, who once were slaves in our West Indian settlements. II. Hope invigorates. But that's not the imagery here. Were they the calamities which beset him and his countrymen? 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). “There is forgiveness with Thee, that Thou mayest be feared.” Thus, you see, the doctrine of free forgiveness actually produces in man’s mind a fear of God. With Jehovah is the lovingkindness, shown in creation’s fulness, the array of fruits and flowers, the song of birds, brilliant skies, all that pleases in air, earth, and sea, the countless blessings that come upon the just and the unjust. Other standards are deflected and partial; this is uniform and steadfast. As a Hebrew this could only have one meaning for him, namely, that God was visiting their sins upon him and them. The end of such a declaration, which is fear and obedience. The patient in front of me was one of the nurses if not the nurse that had made nursing a science. 2. Point out the connection between the mercy of God and His fear. Woodcock.). He needs absolution; only the Being offended can grant this. Have I not besought His forgiveness till I am weary? It is hard be say whether it most illustrates His hatred of our sins or His love of ourselves. “In His Word do I hope.”. Why is it that forgiveness does not in His ease, as in theirs, breed insolent presumption? There is no time for a well-ordered prayer. It had all been created from her past work. 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. God works by these afflictions in us a more gentleness of spirit, making us meek and pitiful towards those that are in depths, which was one cause of Christ’s afflictions: He suffered that He might help and comfort others. This is a thought for every weary soul to whom it seems as if daylight would never come. This is just the theological commonplace, so shallow and irreverent, that all men alike are sinful and deserve equal condemnation at God’s hands. (A. Maclaren, D. D.), II. Finding the new version too difficult to understand? Who can possibly tell? See, I have inscribed you on the palms of my hands; Thank God that even in the depths He can hear--from the gloom, the bewilderment, the despair. Like Hannah offered Samuel, I dedicate my child to you, Lord. Comfort and light must come from above. Observe by the example of this holy man that prayers are to be made only to God, who knows our wants, supports us and binds us up; and it is only Christ that doth this. As a discovery of the mercy of God is absolutely necessary to our serving Him at all, so it is perhaps of all others the most powerful motive to induce us to serve Him in sincerity. Your wants are almost infinite; but this atonement is quite so. I know you’ve written before about the “Confusion of Loves”, and also people like DBH have written about disordered desire/love. Because they have no hope, men go on to sin worse and worse; but there is forgiveness with God that He may be feared. 3. He seemed as if He was hidden from him now. I. (J. Witherspoon, D. D.), The design which God has in forgiving sin. The coming of His forgiving love flushed all the eastern heaven with diffused brightness that grew into perfect day. I suppose that there is not a person before me, who at some time or other did not determine to be a pilgrim. God dealt with that as only God can! The action--“I cried.” No word could more fitly express the soul’s action when in the depths. I’m a follower of Christ who believes the Bible and applies its truth. The opposite of our text is very manifest. When, therefore, we are troubled either by heavy sickness, or poverty, or oppressed by the tyranny of men, let us make profit and use thereof, considering that God hath cast His best children in such dangers for their profit; and that it is better to be in deep dangers praying, than on the high mountains of vanity playing. First, what is the figure here used? 9 â€œThen you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. There is forgiveness with Thee! 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. Some of their number were sent to the hills, from which they might obtain the first view of the coming day, and by a signal intimate to their brethren down in the valley the dawn of the day that was to make them men, and no longer, as they had hitherto been, mere goods and chattels--men with souls that God had created to live for ever. It abounds in messages of love and grace; it tells us that God willeth not the death of the sinner, that He delighteth not in judgment, for that is His left-handed work, but that His compassion freely moves towards the blackest and vilest of sinners when they repent, and return unto Him. III. This ought to comfort us, that we have to do with a forgiving God (Nehemiah 9:31). 1. I think that whilst we wait, we learn more of that purifying consciousness of dependence that slays our pride, and feeds our humility. Bendy001au 7,201 views. The stars shine brightest at night, and the promise of pardon beams with the brightest lustre when we are on the borders of despair. God has it in His immediate gift--waiting for thee. Amen. IV. How eagerly must these men have watched for the morning. 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. 4. 5. (C. H. But while I am waiting, what am I? Look! 2:21. 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. True dependence is restful in God. You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. For He is the all-seeing God, from whom nothing can be hid. Why did Jesus come into the world to be a Saviour if God does not delight to save the lost? In covering the breadth of man’s need, Christ saves to the uttermost (Hebrews 7:25). From the greatest depths Heaven can hear the cries. Bonnie didn’t know who I was or why I was there, but when I got up to preach, and I would begin quoting Scripture, _____ would quote it with me. The personal experience becomes general, and an evangel, a call upon the man’s lips to all his brethren. Well may we grow eager when we think of what is yet to be revealed in us. We're looking at how the Psalms were used in ancient Israel. Yet you are the very people who may pray; you who think that the Lord will never hear you are the people whom lie is certain to hear and answer. I would do nothing without Jesus. Furthermore, note this as a difference between the estates of the wicked and the godly. It is the nature of God’s working to be by contraries: in His works of creation, making all things of nothing; in His works of providence He saves by little means from greatest dangers. The wicked must look for worse and worse continually. 1. She knew … The depths and cavities of the rocky Palestine were inaccessible and filled with noisomeness and pestilence. He is melted down by the goodness of the Lord, he does not know what to make of it. As Hezekiah after him (Is. It not only worked well in regards to the plot but it helped move us on from the events of the previous book.