Answer:(1)God's mercies are more and greater (Isaiah 55:7). Men let it slip — fail to improve it.II. Airay, D. D.)Dwelling on the same things is necessary even for the best Christians, because —I. They increase our obligation to serve God.2. (Knox Little. To defective apprehension of the fulness and freeness of the gospel. It was the Romanists in Reformation times who frequently laid to the charge of the Reformers that they were always harping upon the same string. (4)A kingdom provided for him (John 14:1-2).VI. Uses.1. And then if I have the fact that Christ died for sin put continually before me, it is a mistake to suppose that it will always call up the selfsame idea. (1)Wilful sins. (3) The sorrow may only be apparent, for their joy is a hidden joy. (3) The worship presented is "in spirit and in truth," because the communism of man's spirit with God through the indwelling spirit (Romans 8:26; Jude 1:20) is His own temple. Nehemiah's statement holds true for all time: "The joy of the Lord is your strength." And all that is well, and it is to be hoped that this gloom is the harbinger of repentance, and the opening of his heart to the Sun of Righteousness.(R. YOU ARE STIRRED UP INTO GREATER WARINESS THAN OTHERWISE YE WOULD.(H. After this manner God hath dealt with man in renewing the promises, and Christ in His parables (Matthew 13), although with variety, teaching ministers to avoid tediousness.
Pray that your joy may be full.4. This should fill up the valleys of hearts dejected here in regard to mean estates; as also pull down the mountains of proud hearts.3. Melvill, B. D.n: —1. OFTEN NECESSARY. By loving compellation he labours to enter into their hearts.
B. It is a mark of the present day still to show a craving for what is new, and to find that craving too eagerly met and administered to; but as Paul knew, so do all preachers of the doctrines of grace know, that if the Divine Word Himself chose to utter the same truths ofttimes in the same form, they have their ample justification in that example of His which to them is also of necessity precept.(J. They have peace with God and an assured hope.3. (Knox Little. Beecher. In the contemplation of providence there is an unfailing source of joy. B.The duty is an important one.
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Of this class the Apostle Thomas may be taken as a type. )The importance of Christian joyR.
And so with the rest.II. And what holds good in conversion holds good for the whole course of Christian experience, and thus the Bible, however diligently studied, is always a new book, and its best known portions instead of being exhausted will often seem to have been indicted again. THE EXHORTATION.1. TO THE TRUE CHRISTIAN THIS JOY IS REASONABLE, and even when he is not happy he feels he ought to be.1. It is the sense of our reconciliation that makes us rejoice (Romans 5:2; 1 Peter 1:6).
The little creature, as she ascends and sings, sings and ascends, is simply proclaiming the truth that was seen in the life of Jesus: joy is a power to exalt. What city is like ours? Answer:(1)God's mercies are more and greater (Isaiah 55:7). Others have neither cause nor commandment to do so.III. Now there is no truth of Christianity that will not repay further outlay of time and attention. 2. Live above the temperature of the body.6. Worship God in the spirit, i.e., they offer a worship which is ordered, prompted, released from ceremony and made acceptable by the Spirit of God. NEVER WEARISOME. )Joy is not always ecstasyH. B.The duty is an important one. (3) This is one great end of His promises (Romans 15:4).
MEANS AND DIRECTIONS.1. (g)Powerfully working comfort in us (Galatians 5:22).2. In some it is due —1. WE OFTEN DISREGARD THE TRUTH AT THE FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD PRESENTATION (Job 33:14).III. If we hear the same things often, let us hear them as an impression which may carry force and work upon our hearts more strongly than before.(R. In the contemplation of providence there is an unfailing source of joy. Let the eye of faith be constantly fixed on the attributes of God (Isaiah 45:24; Psalm 57:1, 7).9. Melvill, B. D.)The repetition of old truth isJ. (3)So are the promises (Ezekiel 18:21-22).2. Lyth, D. D.)The joy of Christian brethrenR. So we are here reminded that we can command our own happiness. Whatever strengthens or weakens faith, strengthens or weakens joy.2. And what holds good in conversion holds good for the whole course of Christian experience, and thus the Bible, however diligently studied, is always a new book, and its best known portions instead of being exhausted will often seem to have been indicted again. In some it is due —1. TO THE UNREGENERATE MAN CHRISTIAN JOY IS UNINTELLIGIBLE.
In the sunshine, we press forward with bounding step in the way of God's commandments, "running, and net weary"; wherefore, "O house of Jacob, come ye and let us walk in the light of the Lord."(R. If we were just ready to break out of the body with delight, I know not but we should disdain many things important to be done. (3)God has promised to subdue them (Hebrews 10:16; Ezekiel 36:2.5-27).3. )Joy is not always ecstasyH.
Sibbes, D. D.)Joy in the LordR. The citizens of the spiritual Zion may well be joyful in their King.
CORRUPTIONS AND WORLDLY BUSINESS TEND TO THRUST OUT THE CONSIDERATION OF THE TRUTH.
YOU ARE STIRRED UP INTO GREATER WARINESS THAN OTHERWISE YE WOULD.(H. It will destroy our sinful joy (Psalm 16:11); lessen our esteem of the world (Psalm 4:7); enlarge our hearts and make them more capacious of heavenly things; facilitate all duties (Nehemiah 8:10; Deuteronomy 28:47); make us long more alter heaven (Psalm 119:20); support us in our afflictions (1 Peter 1:6-8); defend us against temptations.V. W. Beecher.We ought not to seek too high joys. (4) While they live here they have ever a mixture of joy and grief to temper one another.2.
Observe —. The natural satisfaction which outward comforts bring is pervaded and glorified by the thankfulness of hearts rejoicing in their Father's goodness. He cannot think the yoke of Jesus to be easy.II. Prosperity is within her palaces.
It belongs only to Christians to rejoice. Answer:(1)They are not too strong for God. THE REASONS WHY MANY CHRISTIANS HAVE LITTLE OF THIS JOY are various. Uses.1. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth. If read for amusement it would be quite out of the nature of things that a book should please us so much on the second or third perusal as on the first: but if read for instruction the case is somewhat altered. Have a care of what will damp thy joys. Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth. The glorious liberty has been so little understood that while living in the air of freedom many have fallen back into "the spirit of bondage again to fear."3.
(3)By marriage.2. (1)Christ was made sin for us;(2)and we righteous in Him.7. (3) Consider this excellency in its nature. It was the Romanists in Reformation times who frequently laid to the charge of the Reformers that they were always harping upon the same string.
The glorious liberty has been so little understood that while living in the air of freedom many have fallen back into "the spirit of bondage again to fear."3. WE OFTEN DISREGARD THE TRUTH AT THE FIRST, SECOND, OR THIRD PRESENTATION (Job 33:14).
The even flow of constant cheerfulness strengthens; while great excitements, driving us with fierce speed, both rack the ship, and end often in explosions. Christians ought to share this. Conclusion:This delineation has its practical bearing on ourselves.1. DeutÃ©ronome 16:11Tu te rÃ©jouiras devant l'Eternel, ton Dieu, dans le lieu que l'Eternel, ton Dieu, choisira pour y faire rÃ©sider son nom, toi, ton fils et ta fille, ton serviteur et ta servante, le LÃ©vite qui sera dans tes portes, et l'Ã©tranger, l'orphelin et la veuve qui seront au milieu de toi. Friendship has one added sweetness, nature a new and glorious beauty, and study a satisfaction altogether peculiar, now that intellectual improvement is felt to be polishing a shaft for the Master's quiver.6. Let it not be grievous to ministers to do what is for the safety of God's children. Melvill, B. D.)The repetition of old truth isJ. It springs from love to Christ. And so with the rest.II.
We cannot have two things in our mind at the same time in strength. As the two disciples' hearts did burn within them when they talked with Christ.V.