Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoices: my flesh also shall rest in hope.…
Doctrine: That it is a sweet, desirable, and Christlike way of dying, to be inwardly willing and joyful, and outwardly triumphing and praising God, from a confidence and hope of His promises.
I. GROUNDS OF COMFORT.
1. Your God will be with you, and at your right hand, that you shall not be moved.
2. Death is your friend, to bring you to rest. Jesus has, by His death, removed everything from your death that is legally penal and a curse.
3. You shall be raised again to everlasting glory and happiness.
4. Your Lord after the judgment will present you faultless before the presence of His glory.
II. THE FOUNDATIONS UPON WHICH THESE CONSOLATIONS AGAINST DEATH ARE BUILT.
1. The Psalmist looks to the acts of Christ's mediation as the foundation of all His consolations against death.
2. These consolations are certain in themselves, and to you, from the promises of the covenant of grace, and are founded on them.
III. YOU MUST DO YOUR PART, THAT YOU MAY BE COMFORTED, REJOICE AND TRIUMPH WHEN YOU COME TO DIE.
1. You must have faith to believe these reasons of comfort.
2. You must have a lively hope in exercise. What must you do? —
(1) Come speedily out of a state of nature into a state of grace.
(2) Impartially and accurately examine your state, whether in Christ or not.
(3) Live a life of faith.
(4) Keep your consciences pure and void of offence, both towards God and man, and labour to be holy in your lives and conversations.
(5) Be much in the exercise of love.
(6) Live with your hearts weaned from a present world.
(7) Carry well towards the Spirit of joy and comfort, and keep communion with Him. He is the Comforter.
(8) Be frequent in actual preparation for death — promises ready, evidences ready, experiences ready.
(James Robe, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.