Before conversion men may certainly be said to be asleep. Indeed, when God comes into his choice mercies in Christ, there he looks to have glory from them, and he doth never give them to any, but first he prepares them, that they may give him the glory of those mercies. We find it hard to recall names. The worldling is not satisfied, and cannot be. THERE IS THE BEATITUDE OF THE MIND. what can satisfy it? 14. Surprises are rare in dreams. Ver. The apostle also found he had need of help from heaven when he was assaulted, and therefore he prayed "thrice, "that the thing that he feared might depart from him. How small he seems in the common estimation beside this great "man of the world." We are scholars in the most blessed school. The foundation thought of this man must be approved and justified. There is no satisfying portion in our pleasures. But the strong words in which the context describes this awaking as the "destruction" and "the end" of the godless tell rather of life's final close. Sin is in this world. His words may have been uttered by David without his understanding distinctly what was in them but feeling that there was some great idea suggested to him by that condition of his Divine life under which the Spirit was then influencing him. The Great One will not bless with His friendship any other state of mind in His creatures.(Homilist. Use it daily, in religion, in trials, when you come to die The old and fictitious idea, that if a man travelled with a myrtle wand in his hand he would feel no fainting or weariness, is realised here in this blessed hope. He is to awake suddenly. Not like the empiric's catholicon, which sometimes may work, but for the most part fails, but that which upon assured evidence and constant experience hath its probatum est; being that which the most wise, learned, honest, and skilful Physician that ever was, or can be, hath prescribed, even he that teacheth us how to bear what is to be borne, or how to heal and help what hath been borne. So with life: how fleet and fluctuating. No more could the wicked annoy us, unless the Lord permitted them so to do. He contrasts his enemies' condition and his own. In this Book of Psalms it is men that speak to us under the influence of the Spirit. So is life. Let me observe David and learn to pray as he prayed, Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. J. Howe. Which have their portion in this life. In that fair clime there is no tempter, no doubt, no sin. THE AWAKING FROM THE SLEEP OF DEATH. THE CHANGE WHICH DAVID AFFIRMS THAT HE SHOULD UNDERGO. This seven volume "magnum opus", by Charles H. Spurgeon, was first published in weekly installments over a twenty-year span in the London Metropolitan Tabernacle's periodical, The Sword and the Trowel. II. Now look at the other side. Study the awful contrast (Daniel 12:2; Luke 16:25; John 5:28, 29). But there is no order, no properly connecting link. We cannot accept as a God one whose moral principles are below those of his own finite creatures. iron bands may hold a madman, but what chains can restrain the tongue? But that is not the thought here. So is life. But this name we give to death tells of our weariness of life, and how blessed we think it will be to be still at last with folded hands and shut eyes. That goeth not out of feigned lips. 1. N. Pearson, M. A.In the words of the text is an implied contrast between the present and the future condition of God's people, in three particulars.1. From this we rise by one step into a conception of God's moral attributes. As for me, I will behold Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence. We are quite capable of forming a moral judgment.Take this man, then, weigh him, measure him, judge him, what sort of man is he?1. or I will restrain the fat of thy mouth." There are no very clear lines of demarcation between the parts; but we prefer the division adopted by that precious old commentator, David Dickson. Here we are like men asleep in some chamber that looks towards the eastern sky. See Psalms on "Psalms 17:3" for further information. In assimilating death to sleep David gives utterance to no fiction. 3. The idea of place accompanies our idea of angels. When, he did not know, but of the certainty of his awaking, of the nature of his appearance, and of the recognisableness of his personality when awakened he does speak. OUR PRESENT STATE IS A KIND OF NIGHT SCENE. And at death they will wake out of sleep.III. Keep me as the apple of the eye. They are the men of this world, which have their portion in this life, and whose bellies God filleth with his hid treasure. Spurgeons's The Treasury of David". Divisions. I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. The awaking, it includes both transformation and translation. If there be a God, can anything be more right or justifiable than that an individual with the capacity of religion, the power of faith, should pray to, worship, and trust God, believe in his Fatherhood, and seek to have spiritual, religious communion with Him? What will make its words only good and comfortable in heaven is, that it will live there in the perpetual presence of Christ.IV. Thus doth God, the great Lord of all, deal with his slaves, who serve him for the hire of some temporal advantage; he gives them their present reward and wages; but though his goodness hath determined a better portion to be a reward to the piety and obedience of his children, yet he gives it them in reversion, little in hand, that they may learn to live upon the promise, and by faith to depend upon the goodness and faithfulness of their Father for their heavenly inheritance; that they, walking not by sight but faith (which is a Christian's work and condition here), may "not look at the things which are seen, "etc. But the word here points on to the future. Imagination, intellect, memory, hope — all will be satisfied. If life is as a dream, death is the awakening from it. Consider the various species of happiness in heaven —1. The joy of joys. Their sensual appetite gets the gain which it craved for. Look at this Psalm as representing to us the man of the Bible.1. I. And this is necessary from the nature of the thing (2 Corinthians 6:14). Time and this lower world, bound all their hopes and fears. He looked for his in the life to come.I. (2) An intellectual glory: glory is resplendent excellency, real worth made conspicuous. Perhaps also our perception appears to decline, through the failing of the body. The contrast present to his mind is not between ‘this world’ and ‘another world,’ the ‘present life’ and the ‘future life,’ but between the false life and the true life in this present world, between ‘the flesh’ and ‘the spirit,’ between the ‘natural man’ with his sensuous desires, and the ‘spiritual man’ with his God ward desires. They will enjoy all the happiness which can flow from the free and full exercise of all their intellectual powers and faculties.2. Thou canst as easily command and manage them, as a man may wield his sword, or move his hand. OUR PRESENT STATE IS A KIND OF NIGHT SCENE. He called the place of his triumph Peniel, or the Face of God. Man is a creature of mind. God's face is invisible at present. There is much spiritual torpor even in the best. Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Men of the world, which have their portion in this life. II. goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. We, too, have felt at tunes that the best known and most active of our powers are comparatively dormant. There is, and ever will be, much that is hollow. Break this up into some of its particulars.1. In love. The idea is purposely contrasted with the state of things around him, in which, at the best of times, there was always something wanting. Ver. feel is the right thing for us? Break this up into some of its particulars.1. All the instincts, all the faculties, which are in any of its creatures, there is always something to meet them. We are equally at fault in our attempts to estimate our life. I. It is to know, to love, to imitate God, as He is revealed to us in the face of Immanuel. And this is in order to wean them from the present world, and that they may have the quicker relish of their final blessedness. For prayer is not a work of the head, or hand, or eyes only, but chiefly a work of the heart, and therefore called in Scripture, the "pouring out of the soul" (1 Samuel 1:15); and the "pouring out of the heart." It retains our past, storing up our experience, letting nothing slip out of its tenacious grasp. What they meant is not absolutely clear. Ver. The idea of a future life among the Hebrew people gradually expanded until it took the form of a resurrection. Hast thou food and clothing? They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth. Wright Hay. Humanity is in an unnatural condition, and therefore there comes down the supernatural. Ver. AT DEATH THE SOUL OF THE BELIEVER THUS AWAKES. Tired eyes fall asleep, tired feet rest; but after God's beautiful ordinance of sleep is fulfilled we shall awake rested, refreshed, re-invigorated. And we shall wake too. They were fat housekeepers, and yet leave no lean wills. 4. To our true selves and to God we shall awake. II. "When I awake, with Thy likeness." "God is love, and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God." 14. All the saints of God are dear to God at all times, but the persecuted saints, they are the apple of God's eye; if at any time they are dear to God, then especially when they are most persecuted; now they are the apple of his eye, and the apple of an eye is weak, and little able to resist any hurt, but so much the more is the man tender of the apple of his eye. The old proverb says that full bellies make empty skulls, and it is yet more true that they frequently make empty hearts. Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not. Ver. To the Chief Musician a Psalm of David, the servant of the Lord, who spake unto the Lord the words of this song in the day that the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul. )The time for satisfactionJoseph Parker, D. D.Who has not misread this verse, by not perceiving the punctuation? Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips have I kept me from the paths of the destroyer: as if he had said, Would you know how is comes to pass that I escape those ungodly works and practices which men ordinarily take liberty to do? Because that doth not satisfy a holy heart, but it is that image of the invisible God which the human nature of Jesus Christ is, who, in opposition to all these outward pleasures, will be all in all to us; he is a spiritual creature, his human nature is spiritualised, made glorious, and our bodies shall be made spiritual likewise. The idea of place accompanies our idea of angels. 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