Tuesday, February 2, 2016

(verses 2-3)...

"The blessings of good things..."
(verse 3)
Who doesn't want that?
"Thou hast given him his heart's desire,
And Thou hast not withheld the request of his lips."
(verse 2)

"His heart longed to redeem His people, and now in heaven He has His desire granted Him, for He sees His beloved coming to be with Him where He is."
"What is in the well of the heart
is sure to come up with the bucket of the lips."

Ain't that the truth.  What has come up in the bucket of your lips lately?  That is a fair measure of what is in your heart.  It's only the first days of February, yet I got valentines from my grandkids already.  This is a challenge to let your lips be a valentine to those around you, dipping up from your heart cool refreshment offering a sip to drink to those around you.
"He is ready to ask for us at the mercy-seat. Have we not at this hour some desire to send up to His Father by Him?  Let us not be slack to use our willing, loving, all-prevailing intercessor."  The one prayer we can pray with great certainty is the one for the salvation of the soul of a loved one.  That is a prayer that totally is in the heart and will of God.  I have a few that I pray for daily like that.  So we need to align our heart's desire with His.

"The desire of Christ's heart was His own resurrection and exaltation, for the benefit of His church;
and how He ever liveth to make requests with His lips, for the conversion of sinners.  Such desires will be granted, and such requests will never be with-holden."  (Benson)
"I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word...
Father, I desire that they also, whom Thou hast given Me, be with Me where I am..."
(John 17:20, 24)

"John 17 is heard and answered, both in what respects Himself, His own glorification, and the conversion, sanctification, union, preservation, and glorification of His people; whatever He now desires and requests in heaven, as the advocate and intercessor for His saints, is ever fulfilled."
(Gill)  Doesn't that give you hope for your prayers?  It does me. 

"For Thou dost meet him with the blessings of good things;
Thou dost set a crown of fine gold on his head."
(verse 3)
Gold denotes the purity, glory, solidity, perpetuity of not one we put on him not as believers or his mother or the church, but by his Father. (Gill)
"And I looked, and behold, a white cloud,
and sitting on the cloud was one like the Son of Man,
having a golden crown on His head,
and a sharp sickle in His hand."
(Rev. 14:14)
The whole political cycle is enough to put us all in a tizzy waiting to crown a president.  It takes a lot of prayer and fortitude to weigh the outcome of the what if's.  It is such a relief, a joy, to remember that there sits one on His throne who wears the golden crown.
"Verse three is a coronation, a symbol of rejoicing: maidens were accustomed to meet a monarch returning in victory and to offer a crown or garland was a symbol of extraordinary rejoicing." (Ellicott)
"Verse three with excellent blessings or the abundance of good with Christ.
 'and upon His head are many diadems...'" (Rev. 19:12) (Bensons)

"For thou preventest him with the blessings of goodness..._
(verse 3 KJV)

"'To prevent,' from 'pravenio,' literally signifies 'to go before.'  For thou shalt go before him with the blessings of goodness." (Adam Clarke)   Barnes says, "The word prevent is the same as anticipates him or his desires.  Jamieson-Fausset-Brown says, "preventest-literally, 'to meet here in good sense,' or 'friendship.'

Did I already give Matthew Henry's overview of all these verse?  "All our blessings are blessings of goodness and are owning not to any merit ours, but only to God's goodness.  But when God's blessings come sooner, and prove richer than we imagine, when they are given before we pray for them, nay when we feared the contrary; then it may be truly said that he prevented, or went before us with them.  Nothing indeed prevent or went before Christ."

May a little or a lot of the blessings of the good things of God trickle down to you either in at least a few drops to sustain you, or a flood to overwhelm you today. 


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