Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons
Blessed be the Lord, who daily loads us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.
I. WHAT GOD IS: "The God of our salvation." Man is a sinner, and sin exposes him to danger; for "the wages of sin is death," and "the soul that sinneth it shall die." But there is deliverance from this danger; this is attributed to God.
1. The scheme of salvation originated in God (John 3:17).
2. The means of salvation are afforded us by God. God sends us His Gospel, containing good news of salvation; His ministers to declare the way of salvation; He affords us Christian sabbaths, religious ordinances, and various means of grace, in order to promote our salvation.
3. The work of salvation is accomplished in the human soul by God's immediate agency.
4. The sole glory of our final salvation will endlessly redound to God. In heaven we shall have clearer discoveries of the greatness, extent, and freeness of our salvation (Revelation 7:10).
II. WHAT GOD DOES FOR US: He "daily loadeth us with benefits."
1. The nature of God's gift. "Benefits," not deserts.
2. Their number. "Loadeth."
3. The frequency of their communication. "Daily." And these benefits flow to us freely, unsolicited, unimplored, unsought. Seasonably, exactly as we need them. Critics state that it should be read "who bears our burdens, or supports us, every day." In the wilderness God bare Israel as a man doth bear his son (Deuteronomy 1:31). Or as an eagle bears her young on her wings (Deuteronomy 32:11). The promise is (Isaiah 46:4). We have our cares, and burdens, and anxieties, but God invites us to cast them upon Him (Psalm 55:22).
III. WHAT WE SHOULD DO IN RETURN. "Blessed be the Lord." To bless signifies to extol, exalt, or speak well of a person; and to bless the Lord is to speak good of His name.
1. We should bless the Lord sincerely. Hypocrisy is hateful to God.
2. We should bless the Lord affectionately. Our gratitude should be the effusion of love.
3. We should bless the Lord constantly. "I will bless the Lord at all times."
4. We should bless the Lord practically. To say, "We praise Thee, O God, we acknowledge Thee to be the' Lord," while we practically violate His laws, must be abominable in His sight. Let us " praise Him not only with our lips but by our lives," etc.
(Sketches of Four Hundred Sermons.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.