Turning Back in the Day of Battle

Jun 22

Turning Back in the Day of Battle   “The children of Ephraim, being armed, and carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.”— Psalm lxxviii. 9.   I DO not think that it has ever been clearly ascertained to what particular historical event Asaph here refers, but I do not find that any of the commentators mention a …


Israel’s Hope; or, the Centre of the Target

Jun 22

Israel’s Hope; or, the Centre of the Target   “Let Israel hope in the Lord: for with the Lord there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.”— Psalm cxxx. 7.   WHEN he penned this psalm, the writer, David, was in deep distress, if not of circumstances, yet of conscience. He constantly mentions iniquities, and begs forgiveness. He …


A Mingled Strain

Jun 22

A Mingled Strain   "Purge me with hyssop, and I shall he clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.” — Psalm li. 7.   IN what state of heart should we come to the communion-table? It is no light matter: in what manner shall we come before the Lord in so sacred an ordinance? By the …


Sihon and Og, or Mercies in Detail

Jun 22

Sihon and Og, or Mercies in Detail   “To him which smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: and slew famous kings: for his mercy endureth for ever: Sihon king of the Amorites: for his mercy endureth for ever: and Og the king of Bashan: for his mercy endureth. for ever: and gave their land …


Concerning Saints

Jun 22

Concerning Saints   “All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.”—Psalm cxlv.10.   Do not throw yourselves back in your seats, and say, “This will be a sermon for saints, and therefore we may be excused from attending to it.” Do you not see that the first clause gives you a fair word …


Faith Among Mockers

Jun 22

FAITH AMONG MOCKERS.   “He trusted on the Lord that he would deliver him: let him deliver him, seeing he delighted in him.” — Psalm xxii. 8.   DAVID experienced what Paul afterwards so aptly described as “cruel mockings.” Note the adjective cruel: it is well chosen. Mockings may not cut the flesh, but they tear the heart; they …


The Bird Escaped from the Snare

Jun 22

The Bird Escaped from the Snare   “Our soul is escaped as a bird out of the snare of the fowlers: the snare is broken, and we are escaped.”— Psalm cxxiv. 7.     THIS text describes a soul-matter. The Psalmist is not speaking of a temporal deliverance, although even in that sense an escape from death would be a …


My Solace in My Affliction

Jun 22

MY SOLACE IN MY AFFLICTION.   “For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Thy faithfulness is unto all generations: thou hast established the earth, and it abideth. They continue this day according to thine ordinances: for all are thy servants. Unless thy law had been my delights, I should then have perished in mine …


The Singing Pilgrim

Jun 22

THE SINGING PILGRIM.   “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.” — Psalm cxix. 54.   THE one-hundred-and-nineteenth Psalm is said by many to consist of detached sentences, and to be rather a casket of gold rings than a chain of united golden links; yet the position of this verse is somewhat remarkable, for …


A Hasty Expression Penitently Retracted

Jun 22

A Hasty Expression Penitently Retracted   “I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee.” — Psalm xxxi. 22.   THAT is a bit of genuine experience, honestly told, in the most natural manner. How glad we ought to be that David …