Let your work appear to your servants, and your glory to their children.…
I. THE "WORK" OF GOD, as mentioned here, denotes, primarily, the establishment of Israel in the promised land of Canaan; ultimately, the preparation of the way for the Messiah and His Church.
II. WHEN THIS "WORK" MAY BE SAID TO "APPEAR." It may be described as appearing anew in different periods; as a work, delayed at times, yet "revived in the midst of the years." Often, after seeming to have let alone His work, has the Divine Being awoke, laid bare His arm, and set His hand a second time to His unfinished work. The degree of piety prevailing at any time is the gauge by which we may measure that progress of this work in the prosperity of Israel.
III. WHY IT IS SO DESIRABLE THAT THIS PRAYER SHOULD BE ACCOMPLISHED. The first concern of a Christian is, that his own life may be given to him as a prey; that He who has begun may perform the good work of His grace in his own soul: the second is, that the same good work may extend to others; that they also may be sharers with ourselves of the same salvation.
1. This desire is the dictate of piety, — of a regard to the glory of God.
2. It is equally the dictate of benevolence, — of a regard for the happiness of others.
(R. Hall, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Let thy work appear unto thy servants, and thy glory unto their children.