Showing the state of our nation in the light of God’s Holy Word

29th September 2020

“Behold, your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompence he will come and save you.” Isaiah 35:4

“Behold, your God will come.” The Lord then is not yet come; but he says he will come, and the promise of his coming takes away the fear. He says, “Behold.” Even that little word contains something in it noteworthy. The Lord is in the distance; his chariot is making ready; for “he maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.” As the Lord said to his disciples, “Lift up your heads, for your redemption draweth nigh,” so by the word, “Behold,” the Lord would take the eyes of his people from being ever bent on the ground or ever looking at their own miserable hearts and the difficulties and dangers of the way. “Look up,” he would say, “look up; your God is coming to save you.” I like to dwell on every crumb as it were of our text. The jots and tittles of God’s word, like diamond dust, are to be gathered up and treasured. In Scripture there is much in a little; not like our sermons, where there is often little in much. The word of God is full to overflowing with the very essence of truth; more concentrated and fragrant than the otto of roses. Look at the next drop. Is it not the very quintessence of blessedness? “Your God.” What, is he your God? That is the very dropping of everlasting love. In that one word is concentrated the essence of every blessing of the new covenant. And if God is your God, your doubts, fears, and misgivings do not break that sacred covenant tie. You are a husband, and your partner is afflicted with some mental disease; and the nature of the complaint may be such that she hardly recognises your face, altogether doubts your affection, and does not believe you are her husband at all. Such cases we know are frequent. But do her doubts or denial dissolve your love, do they cancel the marriage tie? The state of her mind, however painful, does not alter the marriage relationship. So if the Lord’s espoused ones, through Satan’s temptations, doubt their union with him, do their fears break the wedding ring or cancel the marriage writings? If covenant love matched them in eternity, and covenant grace joined their hands in time, they are still his Hephzibahs and Beulahs, for “the Lord hateth putting away.”

J. C. Philpot 1802-1869