He is essentially a forgiving God, and no entreaties need alter His purposes of mercy. Even this affords some faint hope that there may be forgiveness with Him (Jonah 4:2). No figure could more pathetically express the psalmist’s eager expectation of the dawning of God’s mercy on his long night of sorrow. “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 sentinel has only a few hours’ night-watch; but some of us have been watching for these thirty years, some of you for these fifty years; ah, some of you for sixty years! 1. 38), David felt the need to detail the “trouble” into which he had fallen. 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. If any Christian desires to keep his ten-science tender and faithful, to have a deep, growing and humbling sense of his own sinfulness; if he would bar the gate against the entrance of pride, or banish it after it has obtained admission; if he desires to walk humbly and watchfully, let him live as in the presence of God, let him often sift himself at His awful tribunal. 2. “Thou dost not watch for iniquities, but with Thee is the forgiveness.” God, he means, is not a stern tyrant, never satisfied with our efforts to serve Him, ever watching for mistakes and searching them out. The parable of the lost sheep, the lost groat, the prodigal son, testifies it. (O. Psalm 3: You are a shield around me, O Lord, my Glorious One, who lifts up my head. Therefore it is good we should be careful to watch over our ways. Now converted into holiday dwellings, in those days the Abbey was open as a tourist attraction. Thou art shrinking from thy God; thou art anxious to run away from Him; that is where the forgiveness is, with God. More than they that watch for the morning. I believe that, in every case wherein the soul finds peace, this is the actual order. We may go about after pardon, renewal, and holiness, but we find no rest unto our souls while hunting for these. If Thou, Lord, shouldst mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? We pray more at such times. “With Him is plenteous redemption.” Do not dream of finding redemption in ordinances, in prayers, in tears, or in anything but the life and death and person of the Son of God. It makes his duty burdensome, and his trials insupportable. (C. A. Chadwick, D. D.). Sibbes.). Psalm 91 is known as the Soldiers' Psalm. But while I am waiting, what am I? In this world, when we are dependent upon anything, we always get ready. As to the way in which forgiveness is to be obtained, we could learn nothing by the light of nature. But faith and fate are different things. David thought it better policy to try to prevent them falling into that slough. “If Thou, Lord, shouldest mark iniquities,” etc. Psalm 59:1 Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise against me. How should any so much as attempt what they believe to be an unprofitable labour? and cleanse me from my sin. The Servant of the Lord Listen to me, you islands;hear this, you distant nations:Before I was born the Lord called me;from my mother’s womb he has spoken my name. 2. Psalms 130 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary contains over 34,000 pages in its original 56 volume printing, the largest of its kind Verse 4 Psalms 130:4 But there is forgiveness with A direction of wisdom: “There is forgiveness with Thee.” “With Thee.”. It is not a natural place of resort. The certainty of his deliverance. The watch looks to the enemy without, but we have more need to watch over our domestic and inward enemies, lest they surprise us, even our lusts and concupiscences, our pride, our avarice, our malice, all which are like to overthrow our soul. Go to, To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 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. On such a supposition we must all perish, and that for ever. The moment he loses the comfortable sense of peace with God, his chariot-wheels are troubled, and he drives heavily. The night also is cold, wanting the sun which warmeth the earth; so is the world a shadow of death, a dark dungeon. Let me explain those peculiar characters in the forgiveness of God which breed fear, not presumption, in the forgiven. There can be no religion at all, either in inclination or performance, if there be no forgiveness with God. The earnest spirit which he manifested (verses 1, 2). 2. And again, “Thou, Lord, art merciful, for Thou rewardest every man according to his work.” For, indeed, no act was ever done which left the doer exactly as it found him. It speaks of Christ’s suffering (22:1-21) and His glory (22:22-31; see 1 Pet. Faith secures release by appropriating the work of Christ, which abolishes penalty, and the work of the Holy Spirit, which regenerates and so changes the whole nature as to deliver from penalty. The forgiving act of man is generally excited by commiseration for the offender, it is not the plan of his life, it is an occasional act. He is driven to despair, and despair often leads to desperate living. King Solomon has long ago wrote about you: He who answers a matter before he hears it, It is folly and shame to him (Proverbs 18:13). 1. Our version has it, “There is forgiveness,” but there is not even the verb in the Hebrew. On what ground may the language of the text be appropriated with confident expectation. II. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. And the millions of memories of all that we have shared. See in what way you may most effectually, and most certainly, preserve your peace with God, viz. As God only forgives sin, so He ever forgives sin. The Gospel puts the blessing of forgiveness in the present tense:--“Thy sins are forgiven thee”;--“Thy faith hath made thee whole”;--“In whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.”. This whisper of hope sometimes comes to the soul by the Spirit of God as the result of observation. (Homilist.). The different nature of Christ’s spiritual kingdom from all other kingdoms in the world; and that not only in respect of the external administration of it, that it is not bolstered up with pomp and show, and other little assistances of grandeur and secular artifice; but chiefly in respect of that which is the main instrument and hinge of government and subjection, the fear of the subject. (R. 1. God offers it freely, “Why will you die, O house of Israel?” (Jeremiah 27:13). He went out into the open air, and sending an arrow towards the heavens, he appealed to the god, Jove, and vowed that he would destroy the city, and at the same time commanded one of his servants to enter into his presence every noon, and cry, “Remember Sardis.” Is it thus that God deals with us? In Scott’s tale, the desperado dies believing nothing, hoping nothing, and also fearing nothing. And, for that, I will be thankful evermore! like a weaned child is my soul within me." In the concluding stanza (verses 7, 8) the bystanders chime in. ”[32] David knew that the Covenant’s mercy ( II Sam. Let not men think to find mines of gold or silver in the streets; no, they must dig into the bowels of the earth for them. “My soul waiteth for the Lord, more than they that watch for the morning.” You like to be watched for. He is a wise physician, and knows when strong or gentle physic is most requisite. You like the little children in the summer-time to say, “Father is coming.” The fisherman likes to see his wife and daughter on that old pier watching for him. There is nothing which isolates a man so awfully as a consciousness of sin and of his relation to God. 2. The one is the fatalistic faith of the Arabs and those Easterns who have become stolid in character, and who denude death of its horrors, to some extent, by the idea of fate. He is (Zechariah 13:1), that “fountain that is opened for sin and uncleanness.” Mercy is His nature, and forgiveness is an effect of His mercy. Though He may give taste of pardon of sin in present, yet not presently deliverance out of danger (Proverbs 4:18). 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.” (D. Smith, M. The other day you saw a man blind, begging ill the street, and now he has an eye bright as that which sparkles on the face of a gazelle, and you cry in astonishment “Tell me who was the oculist that operated on your eyes; for I may be in a like case, and I should be glad to know where to go?” Here, then, we have a gale of knowledge opened before us. My New Day TV - The Desires Of Your Heart - Duration: 28:30. The question answers itself. Oh, it is good for a sinner to be in the “depths.” He would not cry unless he felt their mortal woe. 2. “Abundantly pardon.” “Seventy times seven.”, IV. 3. Next, if it were certain that God did not pardon sin, everybody would despair, and so again there would be nobody to fear Him, for a despairing heart grows hard like the nether millstone. 2. The permanent, peaceful attitude of the spirit that has tasted the consciousness of forgiving love--a continual dependence upon God, Like a man that has just recovered from some illness, but still leans upon the care, and feels his need of seeing the face of that skilful physician that has helped him through, there will be still, and always, the necessity for the continual application of that pardoning love. It is here that the beautiful question of a child’s relationship to the Father comes in. II. There is none like to Him, to whom it is natural to remit and forgive sin. Away, away with every idea of mercy except it be mercy received through Jesus, for He alone is full of grace, and of His fulness must we receive. Symson.). 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. I. Yet in good times and in bad, it conveys a message that is beyond words! Jeary. But”--Oh, the sweet music of that little word! In obtaining Gospel blessings the first exercises of faith must be towards God in Christ Jesus, and not towards the blessings themselves. (Homilist.). 1. We should have expected, “with Thee is forgiveness that Thou mayest be loved”; but we read instead, “that Thou mayest be feared.” On the lips of a Hebrew “the fear of God” meant very nearly devout reverence. Please come into my heart and become the Lord of my life.As you gave your life, I give my life to you. (J. O. III. “There is forgiveness.”, 1. This appeal, therefore, is--. IV. It proceeds from the free, spontaneous motion of God’s good pleasure. It reminded him of this psalm; and when the dawn came it seemed to him to be an image of the sweet light of God’s glory. 1. Notice the broad indefiniteness of the text. You will seek Me; and as I said to the Jews, now I also say to you, 'Where I am going, you cannot come.' But that's not the imagery here. II. II. Call us: +44 (1626) 249675 Email us: support@books4.me And is it not equal to require a son’s affection where He resolves to bestow a son’s inheritance? 3. 25. A dark fear and a bright assurance. You want nothing more than a cry to get you out of the depths. 2. The coming of His forgiving love flushed all the eastern heaven with diffused brightness that grew into perfect day. 2. The beginning of all true personal religion lies in the sense of my own sin and my lost condition. 3. As a Hebrew this could only have one meaning for him, namely, that God was visiting their sins upon him and them. It must depend entirely on an act of His will;--but whether He will, who can tell? 2. There is a promise for every need, and certainty in every promise. For then it stands upon eternal comfort. When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches. The ground of his hope in his sorrow. There is a Mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus; but you do not need a mediator between Christ and yourself, you can come to Him just as you are. 1. “I know that my Redeemer liveth,” etc. One theory is the job was written during the time of the patriarchs. The extent of a Christian’s privileges no mind can embrace. IV. David’s penitential confession (verse 3). “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. (C. H. It is a greater sin than the former. I. He shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities. The patient in front of me was one of the nurses if not the nurse that had made nursing a science. 3. Religious despair is reckless. 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