Blessed is the man that hears me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.
Profession without principle is worthless. He who is not an every-day Christian is no Christian at all.
I. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF AN EVERY-DAY CHRISTIAN. They are —
1. Hearers. Many hear, and do not hear. Hearing implies profitable hearing. Many do not profit. They come to hear, but not to learn, or to practise. Some come fresh from the cares of the world. Others come with unclean hearts. If you would receive good by attending at the house of God, there must be a desire to profit; and with a lively faith.
2. They are watchers. This implies frequency, perseverance, self-denial, self-abasement, and a certain degree of anxiety.
3. They "wait at the posts of His doors." That is, attend those places, and frequently attend them, where Christ is expected.
II. SUCH A MAN WILL NEVER LOSE HIS REWARD.
1. He finds life. St. John says, "He that hath the Son hath life." Finding Christ is finding life. Finding Iris implies pardon. With pardon we have peace.
2. The reward consists in the favour of God. This favour is enduring. It supports the sinner in the time of his trouble.Lessons:
1. Though you may be a hearer, a watcher, a waiter upon Christ, you must expect your trials. Do not be surprised either at the number or the degree of your trials.
2. See that you come in the spirit of prayer and of faith.
(H. Montagu Villiers, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Blessed is the man that heareth me, watching daily at my gates, waiting at the posts of my doors.