For David speaks concerning him, I foresaw the Lord always before my face, for he is on my right hand, that I should not be moved:…
These words of David show Jesus —
I. IN HIS RELATION TO THE FATHER.
1. He had a constant recollection of God. "I saw the Lord always," etc. In His early life He said, "Wist ye not that I must be about My Father's business?" And when the end drew near He said, "I must work," etc. His faithful people are in this respect like Him in their degrees.
2. He had a constant assurance of the Divine presence — "He is on My right hand." He could speak to the Father anywhere, and be sure that He was always heard. It is granted also to His true disciples to have like gracious freedom of access.
3. He fully accepted and entered into the Divine purpose as to His life. He was not to "be moved." The evils through which He had to pass would have shaken one less fixed in soul. So may each of us overcome in the day of conflict.
II. IN A STATE OF DELIGHT. "Therefore did My heart rejoice." Of this delight note —
1. That it was reasonable. "Therefore." Why? Because Jesus stood in a proper relation to God. Some seek delight when they are not right towards God. This is irrational.
2. Affected the whole man. The heart rejoiced, and the tongue was glad, and the flesh rested. So His servant Paul, though always sorrowful, was always rejoicing. Oh, blessed paradox!
3. Tinged the dark future with light. "My flesh also shall rest in hope." An unknown experience lay before Him in prospect, and He naturally shrank from it; but such was His delight that He could steadily go forward to His appointed lot. He knew that no evil could befall Him, though He must pass through the kingdom of the dead. So are His servants upheld and comforted in death by thoughts of heaven.
4. Was brought to its fulness by His resurrection and ascension. "Ways of life" were made known to Jesus by experience when He laboured among men. When men thought He had gone finally in the way of death, the way of victorious life was made known in His resurrection. Thus was His joy enhanced in ways and degrees known only to Himself. And that joy reached its fulness when He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high. "Full of joy with Thy countenance." His people are to sit with Him upon His throne, as He sits on the Father's throne. Then "they shall hunger no more," etc. Conclusion: See here —
1. The unity of Holy Scripture. Christ is its chief subject. Its main purpose is the setting forth of the truth concerning Him. Peter pointed out allusion to Him where it had not been previously seen; and from His Person there shines a light in which many obscurities disappear.
2. The privileges of those who are complete in Christ. By His grace they are brought into proper relations to God, and have thenceforward meat to eat which the world knows not of His salvation transcends all other good.
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