spurgeon on psalm 17

I. Rare Document Traders have some quality documents at reasonable prices. Assimilation to God in moral perfections conduces to the soul's satisfaction and blessedness: "We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." Not in the respect of might, or wisdom, or ubiquity. The likeness of Christ's resurrection body.III. THE GLORIOUS HOPE BELONGS ONLY TO THE RIGHTEOUS. I. Sin acts as a sedative. Our minds, once we have learned to sit at the feet of Jesus, are admitted to new marvels and delights. (first sentence). Observe the punctuation, and further comment is needless. 2. It was not with David a problematical thing, but a thing of which he was sure. Our views of Divine things are often only as the incoherent visions of a dream. Therefore the intermediate state is necessarily an imperfect one. When he awakes, it is not, like the worldling, to a life of selfish pleasure, but to a life of holy service. But such must expect to have trouble, for God never gives strong faith without fiery trial. But the whole body of believers shall, ere long, be made perfect in holiness. Men of the world, which have their portion in this life. A priceless and momentous possession indeed, but an exceedingly troublesome one to many of us.V. Ver. Thou hast proved mine heart. It is the fulness of joy. 14. David could only have had a vague and indistinct idea; but still it had a practical hold on his mind, and influenced his character. Hence Paul says, "It is high time to wake out of sleep." But in the sense of moral character, and the essence of that character is love. )When I awake.The dream and its awakeningJ. William Gurnall. At times we are ready to doubt whether anything about us is real, and to suspect that we are the dupes all along of deceitful impressions. Hast thou food and clothing? Dreams seem to have no method, no law of succession; they are a jumble of incoherences and incongruities. What can a sword do unless it be wielded by a hand? By contemplating the glory of Christ's character we become changed rote His image. It may seem strange to listen to so definite a statement of the everlasting future at so early a stage in the revelation. Where is that earnest activity which we. God's face is invisible at present. 1. There is much spiritual torpor even in the best. If life is as a dream, death is the awakening from it. Emmons, D. D.)The likeness perfectedDr. Ver. Disappoint him. The very sight of him sometimes does good. Ver. The idea of a future life among the Hebrew people gradually expanded until it took the form of a resurrection. In many respects they differ; yet sleep is an impressive picture of death. To say a man is fat, often means he is very proud. )The great awakeningF. There are the real pleasures of life, such as do contribute to man's happiness, and to the well-being of the world. When a Roman conqueror had been at war, and won great victories, he would very likely come back with his soldiers, enter into his house and enjoy himself till the next day, when he would go out of the city and then come in again in triumph. What meagre fare to a spiritual man must that be which even a natural man finds deficient.3. THERE IS THE BEATITUDE OF THE MEMORY. The apostle felt this when he said, "It is high time to awake out of sleep." II. What God gives is for your comfort; what he denies or takes away is for your trial: it is for the increase of those graces which are far more gracious than any temporal enjoyment. In Psalms 17:5-6, he requests of the Lord grace to act rightly while under the trial. Beside him is the grave of his wife, and traced on the tombstone is this exquisite inscription, "Let me go, the day is breaking."(T. (2) So Aaron, after gazing upon those awful involutions of the glory between the cherubim, came forth and blessed the people, invoking for them the spiritual reality of what he had seen in symbol (Numbers 6:24-26). Nature never deceives. But the emblem is but half the truth. 1. The memory decays, or seems to decay. 2. Not out of feigned lips. They get wealth, position, name, influence, and some of them a considerable measure of low happiness and contentment. III. David seems in several places to be naturally inclined to lying, but he takes up a particular resolution against it: (Psalms 17:3), I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress; (ytmz) —I have contrived to waylay and intercept the sin of lying when it hath an occasion to approach me. But similarity in moral disposition is what heaven demands as the essence of virtue and the condition of bliss. THE CHRISTIAN SHOULD NOT EXPECT PERFECT SATISFACTION IN THIS LIFE. They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth. THERE IS THE BEATITUDE OF THE SENSES. Sincerity is a sine qua non in prayer. 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. III. An old feeling is one of the most difficult things to recall, because it was dependent upon much that was temporary; and some thoughts are like feelings. The past takes its tinge from our present condition. TITLE and SUBJECT. Keep me as the apple of the eye. We are equally at fault in our attempts to estimate our life. Emmons, D. D.I. This man will be perfectly satisfied. "Then shall I be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness." It is the heart which loves. Maclaren, D. D.(with Psalm 73:20): — Both these Psalms are occupied with that standing puzzle to Old Testament worthies — the good fortune of bad men, and the bad fortune of good ones. Moral likeness to a being consists in a likeness to His ruling disposition. This man anticipates a waking up, — that there will be something like an abruptness, something like suddenness in the crisis; that all at once be will come face to face with God, into a fulness of the revelation of the Divine countenance, and a conformity to His image. What shall it be to us? There are the real pleasures of life, such as do contribute to man's happiness, and to the well-being of the world. Title. Imagination, intellect, memory, hope — all will be satisfied. The idea is purposely contrasted with the state of things around him, in which, at the best of times, there was always something wanting. Your portrait and mine are being painted, and God by wondrous strokes and influences is working us up to his own ideal. David remembers the words of fear in the mouths of his friends. Everlasting life and salvation in heaven, is not a truth revealed only by the gospel, but was well known, clearly revealed, and firmly believed, by the saints of old. Seeing God we shall be satisfied.(A. But our text goes further, and we observe that FULL SATISFACTION WILL BE REALISED WHEN WE AWAKE WITH GOD'S LIKENESS! There is no satisfying portion in our pleasures. We shall be satisfied with our own condition.We shall carry our intellect and our memories with us. 14. What wicked men possess of this world is all that ever they can hope for: why should we grudge them filled bags, or swelling titles! So Christ sits for His portrait, and God takes me as a canvas, and paints, and ever and anon I grow foolish enough to look at myself, and shake my head in despair, amid say, 'That will never he a portrait.' I. THE BELIEVER'S VISION OF DEITY. Why should we not be satisfied? In order to this we must undergo a great change. Not till then. This deep satisfaction made it possible for the once timid Peter to take the lead in the warfare in behalf of this spiritual kingdom that now extends to the ends of the earth. How grand must that possession be that will satisfy the soul, awakened to the highest life and the noblest aspirings! Ver. THE AWAKING FROM THE NIGHT OF TROUBLE. 7. It seems to be more consistent under the new circumstances that a man should awake and suddenly find himself at home with God. We have all sorts of paces, both fast and slow, and the road is never long of one sort, but with God to hold up our goings, nothing in the pace or in the road can cast down. They were fat housekeepers, and yet leave no lean wills. Sin acts as a sedative. "The day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night," and the wicked will have to confront "the terror of the Lord." TITLE. If there be perfect happiness anywhere in the universe it is to he expected in heaven, where God is, and Christ is, and where all the holy beings are collected, and united in their views and affections. And even if gloom settles down upon him, it is but for a little, and when he awakes, thoughts that troubled him pass away as the visions of the night, and he rejoices in God's favour as in the light. Oh! Ver. The more furious the attack, the more fervent the Psalmist's prayer. )The awakening of manWilliam Jay.David therefore expected to live after death, — he should awake, and awake in God's likeness.I. 4. "When I awake." Glimpses of glory good men have here below to stay their sacred hunger, but the full feast awaits them in the upper skies. Do not be afraid of death, then.II. And life has such pleasures, and many of them. We, too, have felt at tunes that the best known and most active of our powers are comparatively dormant. Ver. 10. It has been read, "When I awake with Thy likeness"; being so read it has been violated. THE JUDGMENT WE OUGHT TO FORM IN OUR OWN CASE. The evidence of the resurrection is strong and manifold. Such a weird and tremendous power is our memory. The spiritual powers will not work harmoniously under the dominion of any other disposition.2. Death, instead of being the extinction of being, is the awakening of it out of sleep.III. Prostrate him. AT DEATH THE SOUL OF THE BELIEVER THUS AWAKES. Look for a moment at the body. The mind presents the same absence of a satisfying fulness, that its lower companion, the body, does.4. If the saints have found so much delight in God while they were suffering, oh, what joy and delight will they have when they are being crowned! When thou hast done such service to thy Master and Maker, though seven and seven years, as Jacob did service to Laban, thou shalt lose thy wages and thy thanks too. OUR PRESENT STATE IS A KIND OF NIGHT SCENE. Surprises are rare in dreams. As each section was completed it was published as a volume until the seventh and final volume was released in 1885. That likeness to God of which the righteous shall partake will consist in a similarity between the qualities of their souls and the attributes of the Divine nature. "God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.". So Christ sits for His portrait, and God takes me as a canvas, and paints, and ever and anon I grow foolish enough to look at myself, and shake my head in despair, amid say, 'That will never he a portrait.' They have set their eyes bowing down to the earth. The body is sown in corruption, but it shall be raised in incorruption. But the purchase of the Saviour will be reclaimed. Here Lazarus had all his "evil things, "but afterwards no evil thing. He will not make you a mighty warrior if He does not intend to try your skill in battle. We are religiously happy, just in proportion as the moral character of God is transfused into our souls. Why do Christians worship Christ as God? Now look at the other side. Man's satisfaction is where? Can a man be resolved to commit what he hates? Look for a moment at the body. 1. Our knowledge must ever be derived and dependent. We cannot accept as a God one whose moral principles are below those of his own finite creatures. 6. But on what object can he place them? It retains our past, storing up our experience, letting nothing slip out of its tenacious grasp. Certainly not because it was said that He was God, but because they believed Him to be a perfect man. 1. 9. What a tendency in this life there is to forget our best impressions and holiest resolves. He who would feign and flatter had better try his craft with a fool like himself, for to deceive the all seeing One is as impossible as to take the moon in a net, or to lead the sun into a snare. "Human capacity for GodR. No wonder, seeing the mire of worldliness clings to us, that we fail to experience as we might the spiritual manifestations of the Son of God (John 14:21; Ephesians 1:17, 18). 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