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A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람)/ Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11)/ 2003-07-27
A great man estimated by Lord(주님이 평가하신 위대한 사람) Matthew 11:7-11(마11:7-11) A great man estimated by Lord Matthew 11:7-11 Which person do you think of who a great man is? The great person regarded by lord is quite different from that estimated by men (I Samuel 16:7). The Lord says in clause 11 of this paragraph to be considered, “Among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” Through this word of today, let us find out the great man regarded by Lord and we should become such a man. 1. The man who has been done a great deal in self culture through living in wilderness. John the Baptist has been lived in wilderness (Luke 1:8). Until appearance to Israel, he had been improved self-culture well, praying for a long time in the wilderness. There had been John the Baptist a great mission to introduce Jesus in order to let people of Israel return to Jesus through repentance. The same John had his raiment of camel‘s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey (Matthew 3:4). When we see his food, clothing and shelter, he was very poverty but had honest living. His living was not restricted by such food, clothing and shelter. We saints should make our live, exceeding the matter of food, clothing and shelter (Philippians 4:11-12). 2. The man who exalts only Lord with the modest attitude. Nobody could realize of Jesus Christ more than John Baptist at that time. Then, Jesus said of him, “there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist.” The great man in heaven is the one who realized of the truth much. Also in John3: 30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” The Baptist John rather pleased that his disciples had followed Jesus and many disciples would be gathered together to Jesus. So he regarded as glad of that his own decreases. Then, when Jesus saw him, he applauded of him as the great man. God resists the proud, but gives grace into the humble (James 4:6). 3. The man who discharge even his live for the Gospel work. John Baptist has been done self culture well in wilderness. Then, his mission now is to make straight the way of the Lord with the modest attitude. 1) His initial saying was “Repent you: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” He only engaged with making ready the way of the Lord: bestowing the baptism of repentance, establishing the justice rightly etc. That is, it means that the substantial starting time of redemptive movement is at hand: that Jesus has come in this world to redeem us from sin by giving all kind of grace in the Kingdom of heaven. We the saints should have the heart that tries to obey according to the word as repenting everyday. From that time, the movement of Heaven Kingdom starts. 2) He said, I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness (John1:23) The Baptist John rightly realized of his duty as being who cries the voice in wilderness. The voice disappears after revealing the word. Since the word is Jesus, it is that John himself is disappeared after revealing Jesus who is the word. This is a position of the voce. God pleased of John the Baptist and used him as the precious vessel. Therefore, Jesus said of John the Baptist, among them that are born of women there has not risen a greater than John the Baptist. 3) He finally died a martyr for the righteousness (Matthew 14:1-12). He was imprisoned while he was reproaching of king Herod who took He-ro‘di-as his brother Phillip‘s wife. John the Baptist was headed for the righteousness. When common people in the world saw him, he seemed to be a poor man, whereas he was the greatest man among them that are born of women by the review of Jesus. 4. The man who has the truth much in the time of New Testament. Notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. The kingdom of heaven in here means the church in the time of New Testament. Whoever is least in the church of New Testament is greater than John the Baptist. This is the reason why he that is least in the church of New Testament knows of the truth through Jesus more much than that John the Baptist had been done. It was before that Jesus had been completed his work for redemption at that time John had been lived. But in the time of New Testament, since he has been completed his work: for resurrection on the cross, ascend to heaven and descend Holy Ghost into ground, whoever wants to know of it may know. Therefore, if you have received the truth much you have much work to be fulfilled. It is we of this day that have much knowledge of Christ‘s truth so that we may become a great man if we live as John the Baptist. Now, let us become a great man through doing ourselves-culture well in the world like a wilderness. Our personality must be formed according to the word by realizing the scripture through trial and trouble much. I bless you in the name of Jesus that would become a saint applauded and recognized by the Lord as “you are truly a great man” when he looks you, through completing all our mission: that we always repent of our sin, obeying the word and that we exalt only the Lord through giving his witness to them everyday. Paster S. H. Park
A man who eats the bread of life(생명의 떡을 먹는 사람)/ John 6:48-58(요6:48-58)/ 2003-06-11
A man who eats the bread of life(생명의 떡을 먹는 사람) John 6:48–58(요6:48-58) A man who eats the bread of life John 6:48–58 A man takes a food to keep his life and works to feed the food to his body. All alive that had eaten bread were dead. While, Jesus spoke of the bread of life personally which whoever eat it never is dead. “I am that bread of life. Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and are dead. – I am the living bread which came down from heaven: If any man eat of this bread, he shall live for ever: and the bread that I will give is my flesh, which I will for the life of the world.” All foods that we have taken are perished and everyone that had eaten the food was dead. So Jesus said of it, “labor not for the meat which perishes, but for that meat which endures into everlasting life, which the son of man shall give into you. What is the bread of life that not perishes or not dead and how can we obtain it? 1. Jesus is the bread of life and that we eat the bread means that we believe in him. Jesus has come as the bread of life. He has come down from the Heaven to become a bread of life or a food for us, such as to crucify himself on the cross for us. The passage of 53 –55 in this paragraph says, “then. Jesus said into them, verily, verily, I say into you, except you eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoso eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, has eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day. For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed. That we eat Jesus flesh, and drinks his blood means that we must believe in Jesus. Such as, that eating his flesh means that by our spirit, we believe in the fact that Jesus is the Son of God who is living and that his body was offered for us. That drinking us his blood means that we believe in the fact by spirit that he paid the worthy of our sin as shed his blood on the cross. That eating his flesh is the same behavior as that drinking his blood. As obtaining the life by eating a food, we may obtain the everlasting life as receiving him. 2. Jesus’ flesh is the true food for us and is the true drink his blood for us. “For my flesh is meat indeed, and my blood is drink indeed (55).” Jesus is the true food and true drink for everyone regardless of sex, old and young, or poor and rich. Whosoever believes in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. This food is not an amount that we take for only a day but have to eat it we day by day. Without missing, we should eat it as believing in him. As eating it, it may become the true food within me. Also the family member each may live as believing Jesus. I hope that family all would live, eating and drinking of Jesus who is the true food and drink for us. 3. He who eats the bread of life lives, communicating with God. “He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, dwells in me, and I in him (56).” Dwelling in Jesus means that we live within him. If the bread of life of Jesus enters within me, we may communicate with Jesus and by his power, our soul is revived. The happiness of Jesus’ believer depends on communicating with him. Therefore, he that eats the bread of life may live satisfactorily, always communicating with Lord (John6: 35) 4. He that eats the bread of life lives by the grace of God (57). “As the living Father has sent me, and I live by the Father: so he that eats me, even he shall live by me (57).” He that eats the Christ will be changed into his physical constitutes and come to resembling his personality into the configuration of Christ and make live as him. This is the living by Christ. If you ate the bread of life of Christ, his power shall come out of from you. Like this, he that eats the bread of life can praise under the trouble and persecution and even while he is dying, his face is radiant like an angel. This is because he lives, eating the bread of life by his grace. 5. He that eats the bread of life shall live forever and shall become a food to others. “This is that bread which came down from heaven: not as your father did eat manna, and are dead: he that eats of this bread shall live forever (58).” We may live forever as eating Jesus the bread of life. Since Jesus saved us as becoming bread to us, we also must save other as becoming bread to them. Multitude men always followed him: since there was bread, a poor could eat the bread, a solitary man ate the comfort and fed courage to a discouragement, the health to sicknesses, the life to dead. Jesus was a friend to sinners and beings discarded. Dear everybody! Wherever you go, I hope that you would become a being who is able to feed eatable things to others. Only a man that bears the cross of Jesus can distribute the bread to others as being as bread to them. In this world, many are suffered from starvation: some of them thirst for real physical food, while there are filled fully with the beings to be fallen into hell’s fire forever without tasting a bread of life which is food of a spirit. Let us feed such men the bread of life and let us become ourselves bread over the starvations, thirsty, beings in rags, solitude, imprisoned, discarded and alienated. Let us eat the bread of life which makes us not dead forever and feed it to them to be saved. Pastor S. H. Park
Endurance: Mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim(인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징)/ 2 Timothy 2:1-7(딤후2:1-7)/ Rev. W.N.B. Appiah/ 영한대역설교/ 2012-02-12
Endurance: Mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim(인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징) 2 Timothy 2:1-7(딤후2:1-7) Sermon Theme: Endurance: mark of a Good Christian Pilgrim Scripture Reading: 2 Timothy 2:1-7 Preacher: Rev. W.N.B. Appiah 1. Introduction A story is told of a missionary, who after working in a foreign land for the whole of his life decided to return to his home country on his retirement. Seeing his retirement and his home going as a very important chapter in his life, he wrote letters to inform his relatives and few friends he could remember, that he was coming home. Having given the time of his arrival in the mail, he expected them to meet him and welcome him home. But to his shock, on arrival, there was no body to meet him. Not even one person. Filled with sadness he sat and begin to weep. But God spoke to him and said “my son you have not come home yet. You don’t have a home in this world. There are thousands of angels waiting to welcome you home. 2. Pilgrimage as a Metaphor of Christian Life This is to underscore the fact that the Christian life is a journey through this world. Jacob described his life as a pilgrimage when asked of his age by Pharaoh (Ge.47:9). King David also acknowledged this truth before God when he said in his prayer “We are aliens and strangers in your sight, as were all our forefathers...” (1 Chronicles 29:15 c/f Ps.39:12). The writer of Hebrews also testifies to this as he wrote to express the thoughts of the patriarchs “..and they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth” (Hebrews 11:13; 13:14). Again the apostle Peter also confirms it and says “Dear friends, I urge you, as aliens and strangers in this world, ...” (1 Pe.2:11). We can now say that the Bible confirms the Christian’s life on this earth as making a journey and our destination is heaven where our Father, God and our Lord Jesus Christ and the hosts of angels are awaiting us. 3. Risks and Dangers in the Way In every pilgrimage there are risks to take and dangers to face. There are accidents that can take one’s life and there could be discouraging heavy traffic jams that can make the journey boring. In the same way there are life threatening risks and dangers in our Christian life which we need to overcome to make a successful journey to our destination heaven. Israel often sinned against God through idol worship and had to be punished by God several times. In the New Testament Jesus suffered persecution and even death from the hands of the Jews (Mk.10:33-34) and the disciples, including Paul, also faced the threat of death and Paul especially suffered many beatings and persecutions (2 Cor.4:8-12), which could have discouraged them from continuing with the Christian life. But none of them gave up the Christian life. For when the Lord asked the twelve disciples in John 6:67 if they would want to quit, Peter answered and said “Lord to whom shall we go? ...” (6:68). How then could they survive these difficulties and remain steadfast with the Lord? In other words what was their secret for their endurance? 4. Making a Successful Journey Many things go into making a successful journey through risks and dangers. For example there is the purpose of the journey, watchfulness and good guidance. But above all these is endurance. No matter how watchful one can be, or how good the purpose or the goal of the journey is or how good one’s guidance is, without endurance it will be difficult to succeed. Endurance is therefore a very important element in our Christian life. Without it we cannot make it. 5. Endurance The apostle Paul exhorted Timothy to endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ. But earlier in chapter 1, Paul had outlined some of the difficulties and the problems that faced Timothy and for that matter our present Christian community. For example he tells him “not to be ashamed to testify” about the Lord and also not fail to stand by him in his suffering (2 Tim.1:8). Paul uses three imageries a soldier, a farmer and an athlete to emphasize this important theme. The lesson is that people in any of these professions hold on to endurance as the key to success. For that reason the soldier trains all time under all conditions to enable him/her endure in times of war so as to win his master’s favor. The farmer also endures the hard and sometimes cruel weather to tend the crops so that he/she can reap bountiful harvest. While the athlete also trains hard in order to win his/her competitions. This teaches us that the Christian like the soldier, farmer or athlete needs to endure the various temptations and difficulties, which we meet as Christians. Paul endured the persecutions that came his way. Jesus also “for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb.12:2). Neither Paul, nor any of the apostles nor Jesus enjoyed the problems, risks and dangers that faced them, yet they patiently faced them and endured them. But today many of us run away from problems because we cannot endure the discomfort involved. 6. Spiritual Exercise Paul telling Timothy to be godly wrote “..train yourself to be godly. For physical training is of value, but godliness has value for all things” (1 Tim.4:7b-8). The Christian needs to train to be godly through spiritual exercises. These are: praying without ceasing (1 Thess.5:17) sometimes with fasting, reading and devotional study of the Bible (2 Tim.3:16-17), constant meditation on the word of God (Jos.1: 8), constantly sharing the gospel with the unbelievers [(i.e. seeking the lost for the Lord) Matt. 28: 19-20], constantly being in fellowship with other believers (Heb.10:25) and constantly praising God for who He is. As we begin to practice these in the Church and at home, we fall in constant fellowship with the Holy Spirit and through Him we are strengthened to overcome. Hard training is the key to endurance but it could also be an obstacle in itself. We therefore need an incentive to urge us on. A farmer’s incentive for his hard work is what he/she expects to harvest. The athlete’s incentive is the crown or price, which is at stake. Paul’s incentive was “for the sake of others” (2 Tim.2:10) and also “in other to rule with Christ” (2 Tim.2:12a) and that of Jesus was for the joy that was ahead of Him. We must be train hard to endure because there is a great (Lk.6:23, 35) reward of incorruptible crown (1 Cor.9:25)a crown of glory (1 Pe.5:4; Rev.2:10). 7. Conclusion The Bible teaches that the Christian life on this earth is a journey that we are making. It is full of dangers, risks and problems. But we need to be able to endure all these dangers and problems. Endurance therefore becomes a key word for the Christian. But endurance comes through vigorous training in spiritual exercises. Though the training could in itself deter us, let the incentives that are there for us i.e. the incorruptible crown, encourage us to begin our spiritual exercise if we are not already doing it. But if we are already doing it then continue. May the grace of God be with you. ***************************************************************************************** 인내, 훌륭한 그리스도인의 순례의 특징 딤후2:1-7 1. 들어가며 평생을 외국에서 일을 한 후 은퇴하자마자 고국으로 돌아가겠다고 결심한 선교사 이야기가 있습니다. 그의 삶에서 은퇴 후 고향으로 가는 것은 아주 중요한 일이었기에 그는 그가 기억할 수 있는 친척들과 몇 안 되는 친구들에게 고향으로 돌아간다는 편지를 썼습니다. 편지로 자기의 도착 시간을 알려주었기에 그들이 그를 마중 나와 환영해 줄 것이라 기대했습니다. 그런데 그만 그가 놀랍게도 그를 만나러 마중 나온 사람은 아무도 없었습니다. 한 사람도 없었던 것입니다. 슬픔에 가득차서 그는 앉아 울기 시작했습니다. 그런데 하나님이 그에게 말씀 하셨습니다. “나의 아들아 너는 아직 고향에 오지 않았다. 이 세상에는 너를 위한 집이 없느니라. 네가 고향에 온 것을 환영하기 위해 기다리는 수천 명의 천사들이 있다.” 2. 그리스도인 삶의 은유로서의 순례 위의 이야기는 그리스도인들에게 삶이란 이 세상을 통과하는 여행임을 강조하기 위한 이야기입니다. 야곱은 바로 왕이 그의 나이를 물었을 때 그의 삶은 나그네의 길이라고 설명했습니다. 다윗왕도 그의 기도에서 주 앞에서 이런 진실을 인정했습니다. “우리가 우리 열조와 다름이 없이 나그네와 우거한 자라” (대상29:15, 참조 시39:12). 히브리서의 작자 또한 이스라엘 민족의 조상에 대한 생각을 표현할 때 이렇게 증거하고 있습니다. “또 땅에서는 외국인과 나그네로라 증거 하였으니”(히11:13, 히13:14). 또한 사도 베드로도 이를 확증하여 다음과 같이 말하고 있습니다. “사랑하는 자들아 나그네와 행인 같은 너희를 권하노니...”(벧전2:11). 이 세상에서의 그리스도인들의 삶이란 하나의 여행이며 우리의 종착역은 천국 - 하나님 아버지와 우리 주 예수 그리스도와 천사의 무리가 우리를 기다리는 - 임을 성경에서 확실히 밝히고 있습니다. 3. 가로막는 위급과 위험 모든 순례에는 무릅써야 할 위급과 맞서야 하는 위험이 있습니다. 목숨을 걸어야 하는 사건들이 있으며 여행을 지루하게 만들 수 있는 낙담할 만한 교통 체증이 있을 수도 있습니다. 마찬가지로 우리 그리스도인들의 삶에도 우리의 종착역인 천국까지 성공적인 여행을 완수하기 위해 극복해야 할 목숨을 위협하는 위급과 위험이 있게 마련입니다. 이스라엘은 우상 숭배를 하여 하나님에 대해 죄를 지었고 몇 번 하나님께 벌을 받아야 했습니다. 신약에서는 예수님은 박해를 받고 유대인들의 손에 의해 죽임을 당하셨으며(막10:33-34), 바울을 포함한 제자들 또한 죽음의 위협에 직면했으며 특히 바울은 그리스도인 삶을 계속할 수 없게 만들 수도 있는 많은 몰매와 핍박을 당했습니다(고후4:8-12). 그러나 어느 누구도 그리스도인의 삶을 포기하지 않았습니다. 요6:67에서 예수께서 12 제자들에게 너희도 가려느냐고 물었을 때 시몬 베드로가 대답하되 “주여 우리가 뉘에게로 가오리이까? ...”(요6:68). 그러면 그들은 어떻게 이런 어려움을 극복하고 주님과 확고부동하게 같이 갈 수 있었을까요? 즉 이런 인내의 비결은 무엇이었을까요? 4. 성공적인 여행 만들기 위급과 위험 중에서도 성공적인 여행을 만들기 위해서는 많은 것이 필요하겠지요. 예를 들면 여행의 목적, 조심성, 훌륭한 안내자 등이 있을 것입니다. 그러나 무엇보다도 인내가 있어야 합니다. 아무리 조심한다 할지라도, 여행의 목적이나 목표가 훌륭하다 할지라도, 안내자가 좋다 할지라도 인내 없이는 성공하기 어려울 것입니다. 그러므로 인내는 그리스도인의 삶에서 아주 중요한 요소입니다. 이것 없이는 성공할 수 없습니다. 5. 인내 사도 바울은 디모데에게 그리스도의 훌륭한 병사로서 어려움을 인내하라고 권고합니다. 그러나 1장 앞부분에서 바울은 디모데가 처한 어려움과 문제점을 지적하고 있으며 이 문제는 우리의 현재 기독교 공동체에서도 마찬가지입니다. 예를 들어 주에 대한 “증거 하는 것”을 부끄러워 말고 고난 중에서도 그와 함께 하라고 말하고 있습니다. 바울은 세 가지 비유적 표현, 곧 이 중요한 주제를 강조하기 위해 병사, 농부, 운동선수를 사용했습니다. 이런 직업을 가진 사람들은 성공의 열쇠로 인내를 지녀야 한다는 것입니다. 이런 이유로 병사는 상사의 호의를 얻기 위해 전쟁 시 인내할 수 있도록 어떤 상황 하에서도 항상 훈련해야 합니다. 농부 또한 풍성한 곡식을 수확하기 위해 어렵고 때로는 무자비한 날씨를 견디어 작물을 돌보아야 합니다. 운동선수 또한 경쟁에서 이기기 위해 열심히 운동해야 합니다. 이것은 그리스도인도 병사, 농부, 운동선수들처럼 그리스도인으로서 만나게 될 여러 가지 다양한 유혹과 어려움을 인내할 필요가 있다는 것을 가르쳐줍니다. 바울은 그 앞에 온 핍박을 견뎌냈습니다. 예수님 또한 “그 앞에 있는 즐거움을 위하여 십자가를 참으사 부끄러움을 개의치 아니하시더니 하나님 보좌 우편에 앉으셨느니라”(히12:2). 바울도, 제자들도, 예수님도 그들에게 직면한 문제와 위급과 위험을 즐기지는 않았지만 참을성 있게 그것들과 부딪쳐서 견뎌내셨습니다. 그런데 우리들 많은 이들은 이런 불편을 참지 못하고 문제에서 도망칩니다. 6. 영적인 훈련 디모데에게 경건하라고 말하는 바울은 “ ... 오직 경건에 이르기를 연습하라 육체의 연습은 약간의 유익이 있으나 경건은 범사에 유익하니”(딤전4:7b-8). 그리스도인들은 영적인 훈련을 통해 경건해지는 훈련을 할 필요가 있습니다. 영적인 훈련이란: 끊임없이 기도하기(살전5:17), 때로는 단식을 동반한 성경 통독과 헌신적인 성경공부(딤후3:16-17), 하나님 말씀의 꾸준한 묵상(수1:8), 믿지 않는 자에게 꾸준히 복음 전하기 [주님을 위해 잃어버린 양을 찾기], 믿는 자와의 끊임없는 교제(히10:25), 하나님을 꾸준히 찬양하기. 이런 훈련을 교회와 집에서 실시하기 시작하면 성령님과 계속적인 교제를 하게 되어 어려움을 극복할 수 있는 힘을 얻게 됩니다. 힘든 훈련은 인내의 열쇠이기도 하지만 그 차제로는 방해가 될 수도 있습니다. 그러므로 이것을 계속할 수 있는 인센티브가 필요합니다. 농부에게 있어 근면할 수 있게 해 주는 인센티브는 수확에 대한 기대감일 것입니다. 운동선수에게는 상패나 상금이겠지요. 바울에게 있어 인센티브는 “타인을 위하여”였으며(딤후2:10), “그리스도와 함께 왕 노릇하기 위해”(딤후2:12a)였습니다. 예수님에게 있어 인센티브는 그 앞에 놓여 있는 기쁨 때문이었습니다. 썩지 아니할 면류관(고전9:25), 영광의 면류관(벧전5:4, 계2:10)이라는 커다란 상(눅6:23,35)이 있으므로 우리는 인내할 수 있도록 열심히 훈련되어야 합니다. 7. 결론 성경은 이 세상에서의 그리스도인의 삶은 하나의 여행이라고 가르쳐줍니다. 위험과 위급과 문제로 가득 차 있습니다. 그러나 우리는 이 모든 위험과 문제들을 견뎌낼 수 있어야 합니다. 그러므로 인내란 그리스도인들에게는 키워드가 되는 것입니다. 인내란 영적인 훈련이라는 강건한 훈련을 통해 나오는 것입니다. 비록 훈련 그 자체가 우리를 좌절시킬 수도 있겠지만 우리를 위해 있는 - 썩지 않는 면류관 -이라는 인센티브가 우리가 영적 훈련을 아직 하고 있지 않다면 우리가 영적 훈련을 시작할 수 있도록 격려해줄 것입니다. 하지만 우리가 벌써 하고 있다면 계속 합시다. 하나님의 은혜가 함께 하시기를 축원합니다.
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서)/ Psalm 119:37(시119:37)/ Pastor Charles Spurgeon(찰스 스펄전 목사)/ 새벽기도회설교/ 1850-01-20
Turn away mine eyes from beholding vanity; and quicken thou me in thy way(내 눈을 돌이켜 허탄한 것을 보지 말게 하시고 주의 길에서 나를 살아나게 하소서) Psalm 119:37(시119:37) DAILY READINGS by Charles Spurgeon sunset Psalm 119:37 EVENING: January 20 There are divers kinds of vanity. The cap and bells of the fool, the mirth of the world, the dance, the lyre, and the cup of the dissolute, all these men know to be vanities; they wear upon their forefront their proper name and title. Far more treacherous are those equally vain things, the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches. A man may follow vanity as truly in the counting-house as in the theatre. If he be spending his life in amassing wealth, he passes his days in a vain show. Unless we follow Christ, and make our God the great object of life, we only differ in appearance from the most frivolous. It is clear that there is much need of the first prayer of our text. “Quicken thou me in thy way.” The Psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead. Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same. We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us, apart from the Lord himself. What! will not hell quicken me? Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened? Will not heaven quicken me? Can I think of the reward that awaiteth the righteous, and yet be cold? Will not death quicken me? Can I think of dying, and standing before my God, and yet be slothful in my Master’s service? Will not Christ’s love constrain me? Can I think of his dear wounds, can I sit at the foot of his cross, and not be stirred with fervency and zeal? It seems so! No mere consideration can quicken us to zeal, but God himself must do it, hence the cry, “Quicken thou me.” The Psalmist breathes out his whole soul in vehement pleadings: his body and his soul unite in prayer. “Turn away mine eyes,” says the body: “Quicken thou me,” cries the soul. This is a fit prayer for every day. O Lord, hear it in my case this night.