PSALMS 102
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6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.

7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.

We are not hermits. We are not to seek isolation. It is the corollary of our calling

Christ is the illustration of what is wanted. He is the first-born among many brethren, to whom all the rest are pre-required to be conformed as to the likeness of an image. Now there is no mistaking his case, and we are in no danger of going beyond him. He declared in simple but expressive terms,

"I am not of this world,"

and his whole course illustrates the meaning of the language. He stood aloof from men in so far as they stood away from the Divine foundation. He took no part in their movements, patriotic or otherwise. The duties of citizenship he discharged passively, as in the case of paying taxes. His attitude towards the world was that of protest and dissociation. He "testified of it that the works thereof were evil," by which he earned hatred and destruction.

He had no apologies or spare sympathy for the enemies of God. He pursued a perfectly independent course, as insensible to the censure of the world as He was above their favour. He never took public opinion or public criticism into account. His one simple aim was to do the will of Him who had sent him -- a will utterly inconsistent with popularity and favour.

Now his testimony concerning his disciples, is, that their part is to try to follow in the course he has pursued before them.

"I have given you an example."

"Ye are not of the world even as I am not of the world."

"It is sufficient for the disciple that he be as his Master."

"If the world hate you, ye know that it hated me before it hated you."

"Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

"No man is worthy of me who loves himself or his friends more than me."

Bro Roberts - The other side of God's character