THE GOD OF JACOB IS OUR REFUGE

Psalm 48:8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever.

MacLaren Bible Commentary:

‘As we have heard so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hosts, in the city of our God.’ Yes, brethren! God’s merciful manifestation for ourselves, as for those Israelitish people of old,

… if we mark the daily dealings of that loving Hand with us, we have every occasion to say, Thy loving-kindness of old lives still.

Still, as of old, the hosts of the Lord encamp round about them that fear Him to deliver them.

Still, as of old, the voice of guidance comes from between the cherubim.

Still, as of old, the pillar of cloud and fire moves before us.

Still, as of old, angels walk with men.

Still, as of old, His hand is stretched forth, to bless, to feed, to guard.

Nothing in the past of God’s dealings with men has passed away.

The eternal present embraces what we call the past, present, and future.

They that went before do not prevent us on whom the ends of the ages are come.

The table that was spread for them is as fully furnished for the latest guests.

The light, which was so magical and lustrous in the morning beauty, for us has not faded away into the light of common day.

The river which flowed in these past ages has not been drunk up by the thirsty sands.

The fire that once blazed so clear has not died down into grey ashes.

‘The God of Jacob is our refuge.’ ‘As we have heard so have we seen.’

Psalm 48:14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.

THE “SUMMER IS ENDED”

Jeremiah 8:20-22 The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved. For the hurt of the daughter of my people am I hurt; I am black; astonishment hath taken hold on me. Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?

Matthew Henry:

As salvation only can be found in the Lord, so the present moment should be seized.

Is there no medicine proper for a sick and dying kingdom?

Is there no skilful, faithful hand to apply the medicine?

Yes, God is able to help and to heal them.

If sinners die of their wounds, their blood is upon their own heads.

The blood of Christ is balm in Gilead, his Spirit is the Physician there, all-sufficient; so that the people may be healed, but will not.

Thus men die unpardoned and unchanged, for they will not come to Christ to be saved.