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5 Gather my saints together unto me; those that have made a covenant with me by sacrifice.
Who are the saints, and for what purpose is the gathering? Is it a gathering of good and bad for judgment?; or is it a gathering of the righteous for the consummation of their blessed hope-the eternal and all-glorious union with Christ?
The psalm sets the scene with Christ in the earth in power and glory, working overwhelming disaster on Yahweh's enemies; and then the Spirit is made to say,
"Gather my saints unto me."
The Spirit does not call such men as Judas, Annanias, and Alexander the coppersmith, saints. The word used in the psalm is chasid, which means, says Young, "kind, pious, virtuous." This rendering is confirmed by Ps. xxx. 4; xxxvii. 28; cxvi. 15; where the same word occurs.
The saints are those whom God preserves, not those whom He destroys (Ps. xcvii. 10). The wicked are never gathered to God in the sense of Psalm l. 5. Their temporary appearance whilst the saints are in process of being gathered is a mere passing incident of which no notice is taken in this passage, and many similar ones (Matt. xxxiv. 31; 1 Thes. iv. 16, 17; 2 Thes. ii. 1; Rev. xiv. 4).
The gathering is a gathering of faithful ones to be ever with the Lord. The time is that when the "saints" shall be "joyful in glory. This honour have "all His saints" (Ps. cxlix. 5-9).
The Christadelphian, Sept 1894. p340.
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the most High:
WHAT God requires of us is thanksgiving and worship and joy and love for Him and intense desire to get closer to Him and to know more about Him, and please Him and serve Him with all our heart and strength. These things do not come naturally to the natural man. These are the things we must earnestly pray for.
Bro Growcott - Search Me O God
15 And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me.
David was in greater trouble than we are ever likely to be. He was more than once overwhelmed in spirit, for the flesh is a weak thing and cannot easily penetrate beyond the aspect of the moment. But he came out of the storm and tempest, and entered at last the desired haven of rest and prosperity and peace and joy....
Brethren and sisters, we may suffer from the chill that blights all spiritual life in our unbelieving age if we are not on our guard. It is a matter of command and the behest of reason, that we -pray without ceasing," -that in everything we give thanks and make our requests known unto God," that we -cast all our care upon God who careth for us," and that we -come boldly to the throne of grace to find help in time of need."
... Did God hear David, and will He turn a deaf ear to David's brethren? Is He, then, a respecter of persons? In no wise...
But you may say, -I have called upon Him in my distress, times without number, and there has been no answer." Well, David had sometimes to say this. We must not be premature in our conclusions. We must wait. God's ways are great, slow, and involved though He can deal short and decisive strokes when the case calls for it. The work of developing the right attitude towards Himself on the part of His children, and the work of preparing an effectual and appreciated deliverance for them, is a slow work.
His deliverances are not instantaneously vouchsafed. He does not run at the instant like a mother to her baby's cry, that belongs to the lowest plane of things. He waits the full issue of things, and comes in at the ripe moment when His children have waited for Him.
Bro Roberts - Never Despair
He will hear us when we pray, for He cannot lie...
Surely, amid the accumulating cares of life, feeling oftentimes the need of wisdom to guide, of courage and strength to pursue the steady path of duty amid conflicting elements, we shall do unwisely if we neglect to retire to our closets and make our requests known unto God.
Paul also encourages the same attitude of mind toward God. He says,
"in everything by prayer and supplicaton, with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God." Heb 4:16 "Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving."
Sis Jane Roberts - 'The assistance of prayer' from THE VIRTUOUS WOMAN
16 But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?
Not regarding God's words, even the words of the covenant, is the criterion of wickedness.
"In my name shall the Horn of David (Lk 1: 69) be exalted. I will set his hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers. He shall cry unto me, Thou art my Father, my God, and the rock of my salvation. Also I will make Him my First-born; higher than the kings of the earth. My mercy will I keep for Him for evermore, and my covenant shall stand fast with Him. His seed also will I make to endure forever, and his throne as the days of heaven. My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips. Once have I sworn by my holiness that I will not lie unto David. His seed shall endure forever, and his throne as the sun before me. It shall be established forever as the moon, and as a faithful witness in heaven. Selah (Psa 139: 24-29, 34-37)".
"The Lord will ever be mindful of his covenant. He hath shewed his people the power of his works, that he may give them the heritage of the nations. He hath commanded his covenant forever: holy and reverend is His name" (Psa 111: 6,9).
Concerning Messiah it is written,
"I Yahweh have called Thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep Thee, and give Thee for a covenant of the people, for a light to the Gentiles; to open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison-house (Isa 43: `6,7).
"Christ is a covenant of the people," because the blood with which the covenant is dedicated was his life. As Christ is "our life" so is he the covenant; without him neither we nor it are any thing. The "prison-house" is the grave, and the prisoners in darkness the righteous dead; of whom Yahweh says elsewhere to the King who rode into Jerusalem on a colt the foal of an ass.
Herald of the Kingdom and Age to Come, Oct 1855.