By God‘s provision, the saint retains a youthful vigor like the eagles (Psalm 92:14; compare Isaiah 40:31). We cannot be surprised that God, as Creator, should supply all the reasonable needs of his creatures; or that God, as Father, should supply all the wants of his children. This is often the explanation of man's over chiding. We can always count on them. The dearly loved, the precious, the innocent, suffer, die in thousands, and Nature has not a solitary tear for them. It is a beginning of hope, that the Lord surely heeds us. Their marvel always has been, and always will be, that God should put such strict limitations on his chidinge, and accomplish such an "exceeding and eternal weight of glory" by such "light afflictions." That complaint no man ever yet fairly made. 1. Those who prayed in faith for the healing of the sick should show their faith by acting as if their prayer was answered. For the wind passeth over it, and it is gone; And the place thereof shall know it no more; But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting upon them that fear him. It begins, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name! It is an emphatic calling upon his soul, that is, himself, never to forget the many favors which God was continually conferring upon him. God estimates circumstances and motives. Then by yielding our young hearts to the Lord Jesus Christ, let us receive from him that eternal life, that life of the Spirit, whose youth is ever renewed. destruction — literally, “pit of corruption” (Psalm 16:10). It should be kept ever in mind. TO REVEAL ITS ENLARGED SCOPE AND AIM. He is mindful of, and considerate towards, all forms of racial peculiarity and disability. The meaning is, not "thy youth is renewed as an eagle's youth is," for an eagle's youth is not renewed; but "thy youth is renewed, and is become in its strength like an eagle.". He will not be "extreme to mark what is done amiss." God is speaking to his own children, not to the world of the ungodly. 1. The point made by the psalmist is that God's dealings with men are not measured with the same measure as man's dealings with his fellow men. So the question comes to be—What is the true adornment, or enrichment, the true decoration, of a human life? "Commentary on Psalms 103:4". He does not measure the race in its savage condition with the standard for the race civilized. All is addressed to him, and is for him. He made known his ways unto Moses. THE DISTANCE OF EAST FROM WEST. That law is holy, just, and good, and clothed with power to enforce its sacred sanctions. also Psalms 111:4; Psalms 112:4; Psalms 145:8). For similar contrast compare Psalm 90:2-6; Psalm 102:27, Psalm 102:28. righteousness — as usual (Psalm 7:17; Psalm 31:1). In Thackeray's beautiful story, 'The Newcomes,' he pictures the colonel sitting in his cheerless room, and hearing his boy and his friends singing and making merry overhead. And yet it is significantly told us that means were used to ensure his recovery, "Now Isaiah had said, Let them take a cake of figs, and lay it for a plaister upon the boil, and he shall recover." He does not make one absolute standard to apply equally to every branch of the race. GOD'S WAYS WITH US ARE TAKEN WITH FULL KNOWLEDGE OF THE CONNECTION BETWEEN OUR BODIES AND OUR RELIGION. The restoration was a resuming of the old covenant relations. With set purpose. III. So Jesus said to the man with the withered hand, "Stretch forth thine hand!" Instead of inflicting pain, poverty, misery, death—the wages of sin—God has, 4. It is as if God had thoroughly made up his mind that he would never look upon them again; he had done with them forever. St. Paul could say, "I have all, and abound.". The way the young treat us. However, nothing in the psalm or anywhere else enables us to determine the precise occasion on which it was written." (Psalms 103:13.) Of the "benefits" he has received, he gives—, 1. April 30, 2017 Johnny had always wanted to take a ride in a balloon. Bibliography InformationJamieson, Robert, D.D. Isaiah 40:31). For the assurance of this, appeal may be made to the experience of God's people in all ages. Their inveterate exclusiveness and scorn of all other nations would have kept it to themselves alone. The redemption of the soul is precious;we cannot compass it, and therefore are the more indebted to divine grace that 5. The distance from north to south can be measured. Pharisaism and Sadduceeism had so overlaid or lessened it, that only a few elect souls knew of it or believed it. Sometimes our "title is clear;" sometimes "our feet are firm;" sometimes our "head is lifted up;" sometimes we "walk in darkness, and have no light;" sometimes we say, "All these things are against me;" "I shall one day perish by the hand of Saul." Illustrate a speck in the brain, or weakness in the heart. Illustrate by the luxuries and delicacies that the housewife provides beyond the necessaries of the table and the house. I. COVENANT KEEPERS REMEMBER THEIR PLEDGE. Sometimes we cannot think—we must just be still. GOD DOES NOT OVER CHIDE. Its purpose and aim. Let all his works praise him. But when the world sees that there is no partiality with God, that his own children have to suffer even as, and often far more than, others when they do wrong, this tends to beget a holy fear. It may be observed that the Lord's gracious dealings are always to be thought of as strictly conditional. "They go from strength to strength;" "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;" "Whoso liveth and believeth on me," said our Lord," shall never die." Such is this renewed youth. There never yet was one unnecessary stroke given by the Lord's rod. If he believed, he would do what Christ told him, and find power come in so doing. 1. Many of our sufferings are self-incurred—such as we might have avoided. Such is the title which a great preacher has given to a sermon on this text. 3. Jeremiah (Jeremiah 50:20) has this declaration, "In those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the iniquity of Israel shall be sought for, and there shall be none; and the sins of Judah, and they shall not be found." When Job's friends came to comfort him, they could think of no other view of sickness than this, though Job felt sure that there must be a higher meaning, if only he could reach it. The comfort of God's Spirit, power to witness for Christ, victory over sin, hope bright hope of life eternal,—all these are his; his life is redeemed from destruction. Children's children can only inherit its blessings by cleaving to it.". The overthrow of evil, and the consequent deliverance of the good (Psalms 103:6). Forever and ever. Now—. …. The work of the physician must always be traced back to the Divine Physician, who alone has proved to be the recuperative force in human vitality. "Like as a father," etc. God's claim: 1. It is praise of the Lord. We have one such in this text. God is "slow to anger." THE TEXT DECLARES THE FACT OF RENEWED YOUTH. The special tone and habit of each individual are known to him. And this is inclusive of. Bless the LORD, O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His … As for man, his days are as grass. "Forget not any of his benefits." Divine pity. Nothing can exceed the pity of the parent for his or her child when in pain or trouble. And this in no mere poetic sense, but literally and truly. II. For, next, God crowneth with loving kindness. But such infliction does not argue that the sufferer is shut out from the love of God. To our imagination, and therefore practically to ourselves, the heavens are much nearer to us, much more "central," than any Jerusalem could be. The lower animals seem to have no affection for their offspring; but: 1. It is clear that they are given to the servants of God. Its duration. The Book of Job is not a discussion of the question—What ought a godly man to do who is smitten with sickness? TO WHOM THE DIVINE ASSURANCES ARE GIVEN. Death, till Christ came, kept its sting, and the grave its victory, but he took both away. Doubtless there are others, but amongst them all that horrible one, so sadly dear to theologians of a bygone age, is not to be found—that it was to turn the heart of God from anger to love, for God was and eternally is Love—S.C. 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