Friday, December 30, 2016


verses 8-13

"The Lord is gracious and merciful;
Slow to anger and great in lovingkindness.
The Lord is good to all
And His mercies are over all His works.
All Your works shall give thanks to You, O Lord,
And Your godly ones shall bless You.
They shall speak of the glory of Your kingdom
And talk of Your power;
To make known to the sons of men Your mighty acts
And the glory of the majesty of Your kingdom.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures to throughout all generations."

"The Lord is gracious to those that need Him,
slow to anger to those who have offended Him,
and of great mercy to all who seek Him...
He is ready to give, and ready to forgive."
Matthew Henry

"He treats His creatures with kindness,
His subjects with consideration,
His saints, favour.

To the suffering, the weak,  the despondent, He is very pitiful; He feels for them, He feels with them: He this heartily, and in a divine manner.  Of this pitifulness He is full, so the compassionates freely, constantly deeply, divinely, and effectually.  In fullness in a sense not known among men, and his fullness is fragrant sympathy for human misery."  (Charles Surgeon)

"The whole creation findeth refuge under the shadow of His wings, by reason of man's transgression, it standeth in need." (Samuel Burder)

Oh, how needy man was and is ever since the fall.  Yet, the scared, naked, hiding Adam and Eve found refuge under the shadow of His wings.  He made the first clothing for them to hide their nakedness, made from the first sacrifice, blood shed, to make such a covering for their sin.  That is the picture here.

"1.  Grace to the unworthy.  2.  Compassion to the afflicted.  3.  Forbearance to the guilty. 
4.  Mercy to the penitent."  R.H.

"'The Lord is gracious' His holy nature is ever disposed to shew favour.
'Full of compassion'  Wherever He sees misery, His eye affects His heart.
'Slow to anger' When there is even the greatest provocation.
'Of great mercy'  Great in His abundant mercy.  These four things give us a wonderful display of the goodness of the Divine nature." (Adam Clarke)

"...for the sun shines as brightly as if they were saints, and the rain waters their fields as plentifully as if they were perfect." (The Treasury of David)

"If one had art to gather up all the golden sunlight that today falls over all the continents, that falls on the spider's web, the sparrow's nest, that rests on the threshold of the young foxes' hole where they play and warm themselves, that rests on the prisoner's window, that strikes radiant beams through the slave's tear, and puts gold upon the widow's weeds...and goes on its wild abundance up and down the earth, shining everywhere and always. Then it might tell the height, and depth, and unending glory of the pity of God...copiousness, and of His mercy and compassion." (Henry Ward Beecher, 1875)


"Sweet dewdrops are on the thistle as well as on the rose." (Thomas Watson)

"There is not a soul out of hell that is not continually under His most merciful regards: so far is He willing or decreeing before their creation the damnation of any man." (Adam Clarke)

"His tender mercies are over all His works."

"the word translates, bowels; that is the womb, such pity as the mother takes of the children of her womb." (Lancelot Andrews)

"His bowels of compassion are over all His works; He feels for His intelligent offspring, as the most affectionate mother does for the child of her own bosom.  And through this matchless mercy, these bowels of compassion, His son Jesus tasted death for every man." 

His grace for every soul is free:
For his, who forged the dire decree
For every reprobate and me."
(Adam Clarke)

"All Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord"

"Ask of the mountains, that lift their heads among and above the clouds,
and the bleak summit of one shall seem to call aloud to the snow clad top of another,
in proclaiming their testimony to the Agency which has laid their deep foundations.
Ask of the ocean waters; the roar of their boundless waves shall chant from shore to shore
a hymn ascription to that Being, who hath said, 'Hither to shall ye come and no further.'
O God! everywhere we see Thy love!

The universe is to us the burning bush...God is ever present in it, for it burns with His glory,
and the ground on which we stand is always holy."
("Francis" Viscount Dillon)

This quote I love, love, love! 
It reminds me of one of my all-time favorites by Emily Dickenson

"Earth is crammed with heaven,
And every common bush is afire with God;
But only He who sees
Takes off his shoes--
The rest sit around it and pick blackberries."

These verses, 11-13, speak of the glory of His kingdom, as it is sung in the Messiah.
We listened to it and watched it on video at least three times over the Christmas season.
So this Psalm resonates with the music of the Messiah.

"Thy works shall praise Thee, O Lord;
and thy saints shall bless Thee.
They shall speak of the glory of Thy kingdom,
and talk of Thy power."

Speak of Him wherever you are.

"If the heart were full of God, the tongue could not refrain from talking about Him (showing there is a poverty of grace.)  If Christ be not in our heats, we are godless; if he be there without joy, we are senseless; if we rejoice in Him and speak not of Him, we are shamefully unthankful...As I will think of Thee always, O Lord, so it shall be my joy to speak of Thee often."  (Joseph Hall)

"The pomp of it.  Would we by faith look within the veil, we should 'speak of the glory of His kingdom.'"  This makes me think of Zacharias who was chosen for the once in a lifetime honor to go into that holy of holies where he was met with an angelic being.  Right there within the veil, in the glory of glories, he doubted and was struck dumb until his wife bore the son of prophecy, John the Baptist.  This could be a lesson to us that we can rejoice in the glory of God and speak of it, or be struck dumb by doubt.  We need to recognize that we stand before the burning bush and take off our shoes and worship, then go tell it on the mountain!

"Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
and Thy dominion endureth throughout all generations."

"The thrones of earthly princes totter, and the flowers of their crowns wither,
monarchs come to an end; but, Lord, 'Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom.'"
(Matthew Henry)

At this portion of my life, I struggle with being jaded, looking back over a life given in service to the church, the harvest of which we won't see until heaven, but certainly looks a little blighted from here; looking back over a life of political upheavals, none like the kind we just were drug through like a pile of manure of which we are just now washing away its stench.  What keeps me from slipping into that cynical mold is that God is over all, above it all, and He is gracious and glorious. 

This is beauty at its most exquisite form.  So, I can look up, sigh and say, "ain't it grand!"

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