Sermon 3396. Experiencing Confirming Testimony
A SERMON PUBLISHED ON THURSDAY, MARCH 5, 1914.
DELIVERED BY C. H. SPURGEON
AT THE METROPOLITAN TABERNACLE, NEWINGTON, ON THURSDAY EVENING, MAY 27, 1869.
"As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of Hosts, in the city of our God." Psalm 48:8.
"As we have heard, so have we seen." This is not always the case, but frequently it is the very reverse. Things are exaggerated.The imagination is largely drawn upon and we hear great things, but when we come to look at them, or try to practically enjoythem, the great things have become very small! It is so in the world generally. We have heard and were told in our youthfuldays by those who have been before us, that the paths of sin are pleasant, that there are great enjoyments to be found inthe indulgences of evil passions, and that if we will give ourselves up to the general run and current, we shall find ourselvesvery smoothly floating along on a stream of happiness! Ah, how many who have sown their wild oats and looked for a happy harvest,have discovered that nothing but mischief comes of this! Jaded by the satiety of their lusts, and at last utterly destroyedby their own wickedness, they have sat down and wrung their hands in despair at finding out that things are not what theyheard they were. As they have heard, so do they not see, but the very opposite-for pleasure, pain, for happiness, misery-evenhere, remorse-and afterwards an anguish that shall know no end!
Nor is it any better with the teachers of false doctrine. As we have heard, so have we not seen. We have sometimes been toldthat philosophy will civilize a nation-that the spread of education will most certainly cure the human heart and that thebias and propensity to sin will be put down by an increase of mental light. But as we have heard, so have we not seen, forphilosophy has thrown many burdens upon men-but it has not touched those burdens to remove them with so much as its littlefinger! We hear a great deal of what is to be done for society by this scheme and by that, but nothing is done! Theories arepropounded-windbags are blown out and brought forth-bubbles are blown, but we do not see much that is solid and valuable,produced! One after another of these eminent theorizers have arisen who were about to revolutionize and reconstruct society!Instead of making the causes of evil in the world to increase, they were to uproot them and turn the desert into the Gardenof the Lord! But so it has not been-our eyes have never seen it. Rather has the bad been made worse and the good has beenimpeded by those who were so pretentious and loud in their professed benevolence! Take any of the false doctrines which areoften affiliated to our holy faith and you will find that when you come to examine them and put them to the test, they donot hold water!
How often have we heard about "the dignity of human nature." How congenial the heart of man is to that which is noble, andto that which is Christ-like! We are told that we have only to hold up Christ and there is such a beauty in Him that all theworld will be sure to love Him! But as we have heard, so have we not seen, but we have seen men to be as God saw them-corrupt!There is none that does good, no, not one, and in the perfect light of Calvary, we have seen that even the perfections ofJesus will not be seen by a blind world, nor will they attract a corrupt world. "Crucify Him! Crucify Him!" will be the verdictof humanity even upon the perfections of the Incarnate God. We have heard a great deal about the power of free will. We haveheard sometimes that men come to Christ by themselves. That there is no power of Irresistible Grace which turns them fromdarkness to light, and from the power of sin and Satan unto God. Ah, we have heard this, but we have never seen it! To thismoment, though we have mingled with all classes of Christians, we did never yet meet with a single Believer who declared thathis conversion was the result of his own efforts and that his coming to Christ was entirely through the power of his own freewill! We have been told, too, that God forsakes His people, that real saints, after all, turn back and perish! But we blessGod that, though we have often heard this, we have never, never seen it-
"If ever it should come to pass, One of His sheep should fall away! My fickle, feeble soul, alas,
Would fall a thousand times a day!"
But being kept in safety by another and greater power than our own, and preserved in the midst of appalling temptations, westill hold to it that He does keep His people! We have heard it, and we have seen it, but the other doctrine we have heard,but, thank God, we have never seen! And so there are many other things that pass current in certain sections of Christendomas being true, which, if they were brought to a practical test, might be seen not to be so. We have heard them-heard themdelivered with a glowing eloquence that might have convinced us, if we were to be convinced, but we have referred to the OldBook-and the Old Book has been more to us than all the siren-songs that sweetest oratory could raise! We have nailed our colorsto the mast and could not take them down! We have found all here in this blessed Bible to be true, but man's word, when ithas come into conflict or even competition with God's Word, we have found to be light as chaff and as easily consumed as thefat of rams upon the altar's fire!
Now, just for a little time I thought we would illustrate this general Truth of God that in the things of God, and in theChurch of God," as we have heard, so have we seen. "Now, mark-
I. IT HAS BEEN SO ALL DOWN THE LINE OF REVELATION.
Could a man have lived a sevenfold Methuselah life and have stood at the gates of Paradise, and listened to the first promisethat the Seed of the woman would bruise the serpent's head. If he could have beheld Noah shut in in the ark and marked theCovenant rainbow when for the first time it spanned the clouds. If he could have lived in Abraham's day and have seen thefather of that seed in which all the nations of the earth should be blessed. Could he have marked all the types and ceremonieswhich Israel saw in the wilderness, all pointing onwards to a coming Savior. If he could have listened to the prophetic utterancesof David in some of those matchless Psalms which are full of the Messiah. Could he have heard the notes of Isaiah when hespoke of Him who was despised and rejected of men, a Man of Sorrows and acquainted with grief. Yes, could he have heard everyprophecy and beheld every symbol, and listened to every sacred portent- when he came to behold the Person of Christ, to seeHim living, dying, rising, ascending and to mark the Pentecost, and to see the history of the Church right down until now-sucha grave and revered man-revered and venerable above all other men through the long lapse of years that had passed over hissnowy head, would say, "As I heard during the first portion of my life, so have I seen in the latter days thereof-God hasalways kept His promise-as was the shadow, so was the substance! As the type, so was the antitype! As the word that flowedfrom prophetic lips, so was the Christ who, in the fullness of time, came into this world to bless and redeem mankind!"
This is not merely a great general Truth of God, but, mark you, it is true in every jot and tittle! We do not expect men,when they speak frequently, so to speak that every particle of what they say may be correct. We admit them to be fallible-wealways make some allowance for some slips of the tongue. But all through these thousands of years in which God spoke of Christand of the Gospel Kingdom, there never was a single trifling word that was not fulfilled!
There have been no slips of the tongue, no drops that blot the page. Everything has been accurately, minutely, precisely-whatif I say, microscopically-fulfilled in Christ! As the casket key exactly fits the wards of the lock, so the life of Christand the history of the Church exactly fits all the types and all the prophecies! Sometimes it has been said that if anybodydoubts the Inspiration of the four Gospels, it would be a very pretty puzzle for him to try to write a fifth gospel whichshould have in it some new details that would be congruous to the rest and that would fit in with the promises and propheciesof the Old Testament. That is a task we give to those wits who seem to need something to do in these days, since they areimpugning everything that is held sacred by us! Let them attempt that. If this problem could have been put to the wise inall ages-here is the Old Testament and, whether it is true or not, construct the life of a Man who shall fit all that. Useyour poetic powers, or whatever other abilities you choose to employ. Imagine a Man that shall fit the lamb, the scapegoat,the Passover, Noah's ark, the Psalms of David, the prophecies of Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Joel-why the puzzle would havebeen given up in despair! It would not have been possible for the united abilities of men and angels to have discovered anideal Messiah that would have exactly met all this! But our Lord did in every jot and in every tittle, so that as we readsome parts of the Old Testament, we often say to ourselves, "This looks as if it were written after the event." We read the22nd Psalm and if we did not know that it had been composed many, many years before our Lord came, we would look at it ashistory, rather than as prophecy! One can only comprehend this by admitting Inspiration, and by rejoicing in the wondroustruthfulness of God! Even such little points as the casting of lots for the vesture of Christ-things which seem insignificant-Godtook care should be fulfilled. And though our Lord died, and as yet He had not been pierced as to His heart, at any rate,yet after death there must be a piercing of Him that they "may look on Him whom they have pierced," and weep and wail becauseof Him. "As we have heard, so have we seen." The life of our Lordand Savior, Jesus Christ, certainly carry out the prophecieswhich God had uttered before concerning Him! But now, we shall go on to speak of-
II. THE CHURCH OF GOD-CHRISTWARD AND GODWARD-AS TO OUR OWN EXPERIENCE.
Some of you have thoughts of Christ-but as dead or as far away. We have come to deal with Him as a living Savior. Now thequestion is, whether in so dealing with Him, we have found all true that we were told concerning Him?
Now, when we first enlisted in the Christian army, we were told from Christ's own Word that we must count the cost and wewould have to suffer a degree of persecution. We were warned not to take upon ourselves, hastily, to carry out that for whichwe should have no power unless we sought it from above. We were warned, "In the world you shall have tribulation." Have wefound it so? "Oh," says one, "that has been abundantly true to me! From those of my own household I first met with opposition!The Gospel has set those against me that were once my fondest friends." Just so, but now that it has come to pass, you willsee how sincerely He dealt with you, that He would not entrap you into His service as though it would be altogether a thingof pleasure, but He warned you that it was a conflict, that it was a pilgrimage. You have found it so and now that it hascome to pass, let this help you to trust Him for the future!
But you were also told that if you trusted Him, you who were burdened with many sins, you would have them all forgiven andthat this forgiveness would bring about a solid peace of mind. Have you found it so? Can you not stand up and add your nameto the long roll of witnesses who say, "We looked unto Him and were lightened, and our faces were not ashamed! This poor mancried and the Lord heard him and delivered him from all his fears"? I bless the Lord I can say that the joy of the pardonedsinner is a sweeter and a better thing than I ever dreamed it to be. And the peace of conscience, which reflection upon theAtonement always brings, is better and more enduring than one could have fancied have fallen to the lot of so unworthy anone as he whom Christ had called!
Our Lord Jesus told us, too, that if we came and trusted Him, He would give us the victory over our sins. Now, has He donethat? I know you will sometimes confess that you have not conquered your sins as you would desire.
The battle is still raging-there is still a need for yonder watchtower. But, Brothers and Sisters, if a sin has not been conquered,has that ever been Christ's fault? Has it not been ours? "They overcame through the blood of the Lamb," is true of all thesaints with regard to their struggles with sin. There is no sin that we cannot pray down and weep down if we live at the footof the Cross. The worst temper that ever a soul was plagued with is to be controlled and softened if one looks to the griefsof Christ and becomes like He in temper. It matters not how constitutional the sin may be, though you may say, "It is my easily-besettingsin"-you may be delivered from it! Christ Jesus, when He comes into the island of our nature, can drive out all the crueland deadly reptiles that are there. Or if they remain there, He can give us abundant Grace so that they can make no headwayand we shall be kept as "holiness unto the Lord."
Now, you and I have read and heard from the saints of God that our Lord Jesus, when He is really known and understood, isinexpressible sweetness itself. They have told us, some of them-writing like Rutherford of his wonderful Master-that the joyof Heaven is to be possessed, in a measure, even here below! That in contemplation on and communion with Christ, the heartcan be made to dance with eternal joy and full of glory! Now, Brothers and Sisters, have we found it so? Oh, some of us canset to our seal that in this thing the saints of God have been true! He has ravished our souls with His Presence and madeour hearts to melt while He spoke into our ears the marvelous story of His love! Perhaps in our unbelief we think that thisis fancy, or fanaticism, or some high-strained sentimentalism, but it is not so! It is a sober fact that when a man gets tolean upon the arm of Christ, he laughs at trouble, defies persecution-he passes through temptation all unhurt. He walks herebelow, but his conversation is in Heaven! He sits down with the sons of men and yet he is "raised up and made to sit in heavenlyplaces in Christ Jesus." I would say to you saints who have not proceeded far in the College of Christ, who have only justbegun to study His precious Character and the Divine Virtues that flow out of Him, never be content until you have! As youhave heard from the song of the Canticles. As you have heard from the saints who out of their experience have told you ofChrist's love, so will you find it! Do not harbor the idea that the further you go, the less will you have of enjoyment inreligion. Oh, no! It has deep draughts of great bliss! The shallow draughts will sustain, but oh, it is sacred intoxicationwith the love of Christ which brings the highest joy and the most Divine mirth!
To go in up to the ankles in the sea of Christ's love is well, but oh, to pass up to the loins and to get still further untilyou find it "a river to swim in"-this is to know the true delights of godliness!
As you have heard of these things, though they seem to be too high for you and you tremble at them, yet if you will but askfor more Grace that you may press forward, so you shall! There are no exceptions about Christ! He offers nothingin the marketthat has been proffered to catch the eye, but is not worth the purchase. His diamonds are never trashy paste. His gold isnot mere gilt. You may buy bread from Him and put it in the scales and find it ounce for ounce. The water that He gives turnsneither stale nor sour-it is always fresh and cool-the further you shall go in the enjoyment of it, the more shall you prizethe well of water springing up in your souls unto everlasting life!
Now, I might just turn this same point around in another form and say that, as we have heard of Christ in His life upon earth,so have we found it in dealing with Him. When Christ was here on earth, He was all tenderness and love- and so we have foundHim. We went to Him covered with the leprosy of our sin and ready to die of our iniquities. But one touch of His hand wasfreely given and that touch healed us! When He was on earth He was holiness, itself, and so He is now, for He will not walkwith us if we fall in love with sin. He is quick to see our faults and He gently chides us till conscience awakens us andwe turn from the evil with abhorrence. Christ was in this world as a very faithful friend. Having loved His own, He lovedthem unto the end. And we have found Him just such until now. There was never an hour in which He left us naked to our enemies.When we have been tempted, His intercession has always been like a bronze wall around us to keep us from being devoured bythe foe. When we have been bewildered, He has, like a good shepherd, led us by ways that we knew not, but that He well understood.In the days of famine we have been fed. In the times of need we have been satisfied. We can speak well of His name. If anyof His saints have anything to say of Him that is high and comely, that will exalt Him and set Him on high, and we, afterour measure, can endorse it all! So far as our experience has gone, He is a better Christ than we thought Him to be! Oh, Heis altogether precious, altogether lovely! Up to this day we have never discovered a spot in Him. We have tried Him-oh how,sadly, and our sins have tried Him-oh, how heavily! But He is always true-the same yesterday, today, and forever! We can onlybless Him and praise Him, for "as we have heard, so have we seen."
How my heart desires that some of you who are here would just now, at this very moment, come to my Lord and try Him! Oh, Iso remember when I first came to Him. They told me He was ready to pardon and that a look at Him would move the crushing burdenfrom my weary heart. I could not think it true, but-
"I came to Jesus as I was,
Weary, and worn, and sad." And did He disappoint me? Ah, no! I can happily join in with the rest of that verse-
"I found in Him a resting place,
And He has made me glad!"
If any of you think that Christ will cast you out when you come, I wish you would come and try Him. It would be the beginningof a new method with Him-the turning over of a new black leaf. "Him that comes unto Me," He says, "I will in no wise castout." He never did find it in His heart to do so to any sinner that has sought His mercy! And I will not believe it, thoughall the angels in Heaven swear it, that He ever cast away a soul! I'd call them liars! It cannot be! It never shall be! Whilethe heavens are above the earth and God is true, and Christ is God, no sinner that comes and puts His trust in Him, shallfind Him unable or unwilling to save Him! Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good! And as you have heard, so shall you see!Now, in the next place, I think-
III. THIS ALL STANDS GOOD WITH REGARD TO THE CHURCH OF GOD ITSELF.
Some have been apt to find fault with the Church and some Christians seem to act on the principle of getting to Heaven, oneby one. "Sheep," God's people are called, and I suppose one reason is because sheep are gregarious and go in flocks. But thereare Christian professors who seem to like the one by one principle. Well now, speaking of the Church of God as we have seenher, she has many faults-many faults-but Jesus Christ loves her and she is His Bride. And I dare not find fault with her!If she is the Princess Royal, if she is His Imperial Highness's own betrothed one, I would rather see her with His eyes thanwith my own! And while it may be very striking to rail about ministers and their defects, to sneer at Church members and allsorts of other things-and there may be sometimes good reason for it-yet we may say much on the other side, too. "As we haveheard, so have we seen."
When we first joined the Christian Church, we were told very plainly in the Scripture that there would be tares among thewheat. That there would be some among us who would go out from us, because they were not of us. Christ taught us that amongHis 12 disciples, there was one Judas, and if some hypocrites intrude among us, it need not astonish us! We knew it wouldbe so. He forewarned us and admonished us of it. We have heard it and so have we seen-and if the seeing of it has been painful-wecan at least say that God was truthful and frank in warning us that so it would be.
Well, there were good things spoken of the Church of God and we have found them true, too. I expected to find in the ChristianChurch some holy, prayerful, devout Christian men and women-and I have found them. And I have rejoiced to be among them, tomingle with them, and to be of their company, joining with them in holy worship, the washing in the blood that has washedthem! I can truly say that I have found a Peter-many a bold earnest Brother like Peter. Many a loving John! Many a busy Marthaand some communing Marys. The Church of God always seems to me, as I have seen it, to be a vast deal too good for me to bea member of it, if I did but judge myself. And, instead of finding fault, I would join with David and say, "You are my Lord:my goodness extends not to You, but to the saints that are in the earth, and to the excellent in whom is all my delight."I know the world will often find fault and rail and tell us there are no such things as ancient Christians. I have seen asglorious Christianity as even the Apostles saw, and as good works of the Holy Spirit in members of this Church as ever gladdenedthe eyes of those Apostles! I have seen suffering endured with an astonishing patience, labor done with a perseverance thatwas most commendable, liberality evinced with a freedom that showed that the love of Christ constrained, prayer kept up witha fervency that marked the indwelling Spirit and souls cared for, sought after and won, too, with an indefatigable love thatonly the love of Christ could inspire! I know we always think we live in the worst times, but we do not!
There were worse times than these and there will be again. These may not be the best, but they are a long way off from beingthe worst. I think it was when Dr. Newton died that the good divine who preached the funeral sermon took some such text asthis, "My father, my father, the chariots of Israel, and the horsemen thereof," and he deplored that now this eminent saintwas gone, they had no great divines left like the great preachers of the olden time. That went on very prettily for some time,but it was too much-for an old Methodist woman, who stood in the aisle cried out-"Glory to God, that's a lie!" And oftentimeswhen I hear people crying down the times and saying there are no good people left, and that Christianity is at a low ebb,and that there remains no true zeal, I can say from what I, myself, see in the people among whom I dwell, "Glory be to God,that is a lie! It is a slander upon the Church of God!" For as we have heard, so have we seen-we have seen the gracious, fairfruits of the Spirit-and we honor God by testifying to that fact!
I would, however, dear Brothers and Sisters, that we were always conscientiously concerned never to give the lie in any degreeto statements made in Scripture concerning the holy living of the saints. Alas, there are some professors who, if you couldtrack them to their business, are so much given to loose trading that as we have heard-so can we cannot see! If you go intotheir houses-their maidservants, their children and their wives are obliged to say, "We have heard what Christian fathers,and mothers, and masters ought to be, but as we have heard so, we do not see." It all ends in talk, in profession. Now, whileI stand up for it that there are many that do adorn the Doctrine of God their Savior in all things and so prove that theyare God's true people, yet do we sorrowfully confess that many walk "of whom" we would say with the Apostle, "We have toldyou often, and now tell you even with weeping, that they are the enemies of the Cross of Christ." Though they are professedmembers of the Church of Christ, their lips honor God, but their inconsistent lives degrade the Church and bring upon it muchloss of spiritual power. "As we have heard, so have we seen."
I think some of us can say that we have heard of the Church's glorious assemblies. We have heard that they said they wereglad when they went up to the House of the Lord. We have heard that the people of God are happy in their assemblies and thatthey long for the place where God's honor dwells. Well, and so have we seen, for our Sabbaths have been our happiest daysand we have often said-
"My willing soul would stay, In such a frame as this, And sit, and sing herself away To everlasting bliss."
It has been so.
We have heard that the preaching of the Gospel is the power of God unto salvation and the great means of comfort and edificationto the saints. And "as we have heard, so have we seen," for oftentimes when the Truth of God has been preached in our hearing,it has been as marrow and fatness-and other times a rebuke has come just as we needed it to quicken us from our spiritualsloth!
We have heard that the ordinances of God's House have a blessing connected with them. Baptism and the Lord's Supper-that inthe keeping of His commandments there is great reward-and as we have heard, so have we seen. I am sure that the blessed Supperof the Lord, though many of His people come to the Table every week, never seems to grow stale.
There is always a freshness in it. Oh, that blessed ordinance! Some, I know, make a god of it and an idolatrous mystery ofit, but because they misuse it, we dare not depreciate it! It is to us none other than the very gate of Heaven full often."As we have heard, so have we seen." Let us press on in our Church fellowship and increase in our love and earnestness-andthen as we have heard of the Zion that travails and becomes like the mother of children-so shall we see! As we have heardthat they who sow in tears shall reap in joy-so shall we see! As we have heard that there is great pleasure connected withthe winning of souls for Christ-so shall we see. In a word, all the glorious things that are spoken of Zion, we shall havefulfilled to ourselves!
Brothers and Sisters, before I close, I want to say that there is a dreadful side to this Truth of God. As we have heard,so have we seen. There are some of you here who are not saved. You have hitherto loved your sins and have not repented. Youhave heard of Christ, but you have put off all thoughts of Him. Now you have heard oftentimes that He that believes not shallbe condemned-and from this Book you have heard that condemnation is something terrible and overwhelming, for there are wordslike these, "Beware, you that forget God, lest I tear you in pieces and there be none to deliver." And these, "These shallgo away into everlasting punishment." And these, "Where their worm dies not, and their fire is not quenched." Now as you haveheard, so will you see! Depend upon it, you shall not find the pit of Hell to be less awful than this Book describes! Godsets up no bugbear to frighten souls! They are all realities of which He speaks-and that they are realities, many dying sinnershave been made to know before they have been dead, for their horror, their alarms their fears have been premonitions of thatwrath to which they were drawing near! I have seen some death scenes which I dare not try to picture before you-and the memoryof which would unman me if I were to continue to contemplate them-hearers of the Gospel who had neglected Christ and who diedconscious of their sins, unable, however, to seek mercy. And while we prayed with them, telling us that our prayers wouldnever be heard, for they were given over and now they were cursing God, even while they were feeling the anguish of lost souls!Yes, and though there are some that become the advocates for evil by trying to make out the punishment of sin to be little-settleit in your souls that as it took the blood of the dying Son of God to wash out the sin of those who were pardoned-it willtake an anguish such as no heart can conceive before the sinner shall have suffered for his sin what God will certainly pourupon him! Think not lightly of the doom of the lost, lest you think lightly of sin, and lightly of Christ, for as you haveheard and infinitely more than you have heard, shall you see, oh, unhappy spirit, unless you will turn to Christ and believeon Him and live! Oh, that you may do so tonight, for another night may never come to you-but one long, endless night may beyour portion.
But there is a bright side to it, too. The saints in Heaven might all say, "As we have heard, so have we seen," only thatI think they would make a great improvement in our text! 'Tis true, you heard that Heaven was full ofjoy and mercy and sohave you seen. You heard of its pearly gates and its streets of shining gold. You heard of its foundations ofjasper and itswalls of chrysolite and all manner of precious stones. You heard of its eternal rest and of the Presence of God and the gloryof the overflowing bliss-and all you heard you have seen! But I say they would make an improvement upon this, for, like theQueen of Sheba, I think their glorified spirits would say, "The half has not been told." Yes, Brothers and Sisters, we haveheard things, but, "what must it be to be there"-to be there?! The enjoyments transcend description and though the words ofScripture portray the bliss that remains, we, alas, are dull of understanding and cannot find out all the meaning of the goldensentences! But we shall soon be there and once there we shall, as I have said before, declare, "As we have heard, so havewe seen, only that the half was not told us of the splendor and the glory of the court of our heavenly Solomon." May we bethere to find all true and join in the everlasting song of, "Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His blood,unto Him be glory forever and ever. Amen."
EXPOSITION BY C. H. SPURGEON: PSALM451-9.
The Lily Psalm-a Psalm of loves. Oh, that our hearts might be full of love, tonight, and while we read, may our hearts besinging to the praise of the Well-Beloved!
Verse 1. My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the penof a ready writer Sometimes the heart could speak if it could move the tongue, but it is a blessed time with us when, firstof all, the heart is fully warmed with love and then the fire within burns the strings that tie the tongue-and the tonguebegins to move right joyously in expressing the heart's love! May it be so with us tonight who have to preach! May it be sowith all our Brothers who have, in public, either to preach or to pray!
2. You are fairer than the children of men: Grace is poured into Your lips, therefore God has blessed you forever No soonerdoes he begin to write about Christ than he sees Him! A warm heart soon kindles the imagination. The eye of faith is soonopened when once the heart is right. We feel the Presence of Christ. We begin to speak of Him and to Him. "Youare fairer thanthe children of men." Oh, I would, tonight, that Christ would but lift the corner of His veil and show you but one of Hiseyes! Your hearts would be ravished with His infinite beauty! "You are fairer than the children of men." Would God He wouldbut speak half a word into our weary ear, and we should say, "Grace is poured into Your lips." Oh, for some sense and sightof Him! Do not our hearts hunger after this tonight?
3, 4. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O Most Mighty with Your glory and Your majesty. And in Your majesty ride prosperously,because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and Your right hand shall teach You awesome things. The heart never glowswith love to Christ unless, in consequence, there is a longing that His Kingdom may be extended. It is an instinct of a lovingheart, that it desires the honor of its object. We long for Christ to rule and reign simply because we love Him. Oh, thatHe would lay His right hand to His work in these slow times! How little is being done comparatively! Oh, for an hour of theright arm of Jesus! If He would but come Himself to the battle, and the shout of a King were heard in our camps, what victorieswould be won! Cry unto Him, O you that love Him. He will come to your call!
5. Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the King's enemies, whereby the people fall under You. Christ has not only powernear at hand with his right hand, but far off He darts the arrows of His bow and heathens are made to feel that the Gospelis mighty! Would God it were so now! Cry for it!
6. Your Throne, O God, is forever and ever: the scepter of Your Kingdom is a right scepter. And this we know to be spokenconcerning Jesus Christ for this was quoted by the Apostle, "Your Throne, O God." Let those who will, deny His Deity. It shallbe the joy of our heart to worship Him and, in express terms, to address Him who is our Brother as "very God of very God.""Your Throne, O God, is forever and ever. The scepter of Your Kingdom is a right scepter."
7. You love righteousness and hate wickedness: therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Yourfellows. Fellow with us and yet equal with God! Man anointed, the Christ, yet still the reigning God! Glory be to His name!
8. All your garments smell of myrrh, and aloes and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made You glat. Notonly is Christ precious, but everything that touches Him! There is not a garment that hangs upon His shoulder but becomessweet by contact with Him. "All Your garments smell of myrrh." There is myrrh about the priestly robe that falls down to Hisfeet, and about the golden belt of His faithfulness that is girt about His waist. There are myrrh, and aloes, and cassia aboutHis crown, though it is of thorns! About every garment that He puts on, there is a sweet perfume.
9. King's daughters were among Your honorable women: at Your right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir. Blessed queenof Christ-His Church. Let us never think little of her. There are some that are always crying up "the church," "the church,""the church"-but that is not the true Church, that tries to take the place of Christ. It is anti-Christ! The true Church hasher place, however, and that is at her Husband's own right hand, where she sits in the best of the best-in gold-and that thegold of Ophir, for He spares nothing for her beauty and her glory.