There be many that say, Who will show us any good? LORD, lift you up the light of your countenance on us.
Here we are taught how to carry and behave ourselves in times of danger.
I. A DISPOSITION IN ALL MEN TO SEEK AFTER SOMETHING THAT MAY MAKE THEM HAPPY. It is true, indeed, that naturally men do not distinctly know wherein their happiness lies; but, as Aquinas observes, there is a general knowledge of happiness, add there is a distinct and right understanding of it. Now though all men have not this distinct knowledge of our happiness, yet all men have a special knowledge of it, and they know that it is good for them to be happy; surely, therefore, there is a disposition in all the children of men to seek after something that may make them happy.
II. MEN ARE GENERALLY MISTAKEN IN THE MATTER OF THEIR HAPPINESS. Is not he mistaken herein that doth bless himself in the way of his sin; or in the enjoyment of the creature? Some place their happiness in pleasure, or riches, or honour, or power, or health, strength, and beauty of body, or knowledge, wit, and learning, or in moral civil life. But what creature excellency is there that can give happiness to the sons of men? Certainly none. How comes it to pass that men are thus mistaken? Sometimes the mistake arises from ignorance of the right and true notion of happiness; or from the misapplication of the true notion of happiness; or because men measure their happiness by their present want; or because they do not hearken to and consider what is spoken to them about true happiness.
III. THERE IS A GENERATION OF MEN WHO HAVE FOUND THIS BLESSEDNESS. They are blessed because their sins are forgiven: when the Lord teaches them the mysteries of the kingdom. They are blessed who wait at the posts of wisdom, and are made wise thereby; they who are meek; they who know and do the work of their place and office; they who wait for the coming of Christ; they who die in the Lord.
IV. WHEREIN DOTH THIS TRUE HAPPINESS CONSIST? In the shine of God's face. The face of God is His favour. If God hath ever blessed you in truth, then hath His face shined upon you.
(W. Bridge, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.