Resources by Mercy

Maschil of Ethan

THIS psalm is one of the very choicest songs in the night. Midst a stream of troubled thoughts there stands a fair island of rescue and redemption, which supplies standing-room for wonder and worship; while the music of the words, like the murmuring of a river, sounds sweetly in our ears. Read the psalm carefully and it will rouse your sympathy, for he who wrote it was bearing bitter reproach,...

Psalm 89:1-2

This Year Also

AT the opening of another year, and at the commencement of another volume of sermons, we earnestly desire to utter the word of exhortation: but alas, at this present, the preacher is a prisoner, and must speak from his pillow instead of his pulpit. Let not the few words which we can put together come with diminished power from a sick man, for the musket fired by a wounded soldier...

Luke 8:8

Footsteps of Mercy

WHEN God has distinct and definite purposes of mercy towards an individual, he often begins with stern discipline, and brings him low by affliction and sorrow. As the good husbandman cuts down the trees and makes a clearance of the soil before he sows the grain and prepares for a harvest, so does our God cut down all our goodly cedars, our pleasures, and our pride, in order that the...

Job 33:23-24

Free Pardon

Oct 21 THIS extraordinary passage is rendered the more remarkable from its connection, for it follows a description of the sins of God’s people, a description which mentions their sins of omission in that they had neglected the service of the Most High, and their sins of commission in that they had gone so far in breaking God’s law that they had even made him to serve with their sins, and had...

Isaiah 43:25

Overwhelming Obligations

Oct 13 DEEP emotion prompts this question ; but where are the depths of love and gratitude that can meet its exuberant demands ? You will perhaps remember an incident in the life of a famous soldier, who also became a famous Christian, Colonel James Gardiner. One night, when he was little thinking of divine things, but on the contrary had made an appointment of the most vicious kind, he was waiting...

Psalm 116:12

The First Note of My Song

Aug 31 I AM a firm believer, not only in the inspiration of the psalms themselves, but also in the correctness of their order. I believe that Paul was right when he called a certain psalm “the second psalm,” and that those are wrong who so disarrange the book as to make it the sixteenth. Anything to certain radicals in theology is better than the established order; they change for change sake....

Psalm 103:3

A God Ready to Pardon

Jan 9 When a man's conscience is so awakened to the existence of sin that he cannot perceive any plea for mercy within himself, it is his wisdom to look for a plea in the nature and character of God. Now, brethren, if we search ourselves through and through, we cannot find anything in our fallen nature which can recommend us to the Most High. If we think that we have a...

Nehemiah 9:17

Abundant Pardon

Sep 27 IN our childhood we learned from Dr. Watts’ Catechism that Isaiah was that prophet who spoke more of Jesus Christ than all the rest. In the chapter before us he had been declaring in the name of the Lord the coming and the character of the Redeemer, speaking of him thus, “Behold I have given him for a witness to the people, a leader and commander to the people.” No...

Isaiah 55:7