3 My soul is also sore vexed: but thou, O Yahweh, how long?
At even, when the sun was set,
The sick, O Lord, around thee lay;
Oh! in what divers pains they met,
Lo with what joy they went away.
Once more 'tis eventide, and we
Oppressed with various ills draw near;
We mourn thy face we cannot see,
We would that we might have thee here.
All-powerful Christ, our woes dispel;
For some are sick and some are sad,
And some have never loved thee well,
And some have lost the love they had.
And some are pressed with worldly care,
And some are tried with sinful doubt;
And some, such grievous passions bear,
That, thou alone, can'st cast them out.
And some have found the world so vain,
Yet from the world they break not free;
And some have friends who give them pain,
Yet have not sought "A Friend in Thee."
And none O Lord, have perfect rest,
For none are wholly free from sin;
And they who fain would serve thee best,
Are conscious most of wrong within.
O Saviour Christ, thou too wert man,
Thou hasn't been troubled, tempted, tried,
Thy kind but searching glance can scan
The very wounds that shame would hide.
Thy touch has still its ancient power;
No word from Thee can fruitless fall,
Hear! in this solemn evening hour,
And in thy mercy heal us all.
Bro. W. T. Butler.
5 For in death there is no remembrance of thee: in the grave who shall give thee thanks?
David, one of the prophets, speaks copiously of resurrection in the Psalms. The word is not found there, but the thing itself very frequently is. He treats of the resurrection of his descendant, the Christ, from among the dead ; to the end that He may reign King in
Zion as the sovereign ruler of the world. He teaches this in the second Psalm.
" In death," he says, " there is no remembrance of the Deity " (Psalm vi. 5), and
" the dead praise not the Lord, neither any that go down into silence " (Psalm cxv. 17) ;
" the living know that they shall die, but the dead know not anything : their love, and their hatred, and their envy, are now perished : "
" there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom in SHEOL, whither thou goest "
(Eccles. ix. 5, 6, 10).
6 I am weary with my groaning; all the night make I my bed to swim; I water my couch with my tears.
... in the Psalms every aspect of David's development is laid bare before us. Christ alone combined the exalted and prophetic majesty of Moses with the keen humanity of David. Tried and tempted in all points like his brethren, he alone as the representative of mankind fulfilled all the experiences portrayed through David in the Psalms and emerged triumphant and unspotted from them.
David typifies the body of Christ, those whom Christ came to redeem, the chosen generation, the spirit willing and eager but the flesh weak, a man after God's own heart, who through much tribulation must learn the way to the kingdom.
But David, as the writer of the Psalms, was permitted to be the instrument by which Christ was encouraged and strengthened. And each of the members, too, can in some small way share in this honour. For it was for the joy that was set before him that he was enabled to endure, and that joy consisted in the love and affection of those who gratefully accept the benefits he procured.
Our participation in the victory is measured, therefore, by our affection for him, and the value of that vice-royalty is increased by each one that lays hold upon it.
Bro Growcott - The sword shall never depart