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Lord's Day 25, 2005

I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalms 122:1, Geneva Bible)

Hymn 1. (c.m.)
A new song to the Lamb that was slain. Rev. 5:12.
from Hymns. Book I. Collected from the Holy Scriptures.
by Isaac Watts


Behold the glories of the Lamb
Amidst the Father's throne;
Prepare new honours for his name,
And songs before unknown.

Let elders worship at his feet,
The church adore around,
With vials full of odours sweet,
And harps of sweeter sound.

Those are the prayers of the saints,
And these the hymns they raise,-
Jesus is kind to our complaints,
He loves to hear our praise.

[Eternal Father, who shall look
Into thy secret will?
Who but the Son shall take that book,
And open ev'ry seal?

He shall fulfil thy great decrees,
The Son deserves it well:
Lo! in his hand the sov'reign keys
Of heav'n, and death, and hell!]

Now to the Lamb that once was slain
Be endless blessings paid;
Salvation, glory, joy, remain
For ever on thy head.

Thou hast redeem'd our souls with blood,
Hast set the pris'ners free;
Hast made us kings and priests to God,
And we shall reign with thee.

The worlds of nature and of grace
Are put beneath thy power;
Then shorten these delaying days,
And bring the promis'd hour.


Psalms 20:1-9(Geneva Bible)
with exerpts from The Treasury of David by Charles Spurgeon
To him that excelleth. A Psalme of Dauid.


1 The Lorde heare thee in the day of trouble: the name of ye God of Iaakob defend thee:
2 Send thee helpe from the Sanctuarie, and strengthen thee out of Zion.
3 Let him remember all thine offerings, and turne thy burnt offerings into asshes. Selah:
4 And graunt thee according to thine heart, and fulfill all thy purpose:

Verse 1
“The Lord hear thee in the day of trouble.” …What a mercy that we may pray in the day of trouble, and what a still more blessed privilege that no trouble can prevent the Lord from hearing us! Troubles roar like thunder, but the believer's voice will be heard above the storm… This is a most refreshing confidence, and it may be indulged in without fear.

“The name of the God of Jacob defend thee;” or, as some read it, “set thee in a high place.” … The glorious power of God defended and preserved the Lord Jesus …but in his mystical body, the church, he is still beset with dangers, and only the eternal arm of our God in covenant can defend the soldiers of the cross, and set them on high out of the reach of their foes. …The whole verse is a very fitting benediction to be pronounced by a gracious heart over a child, a friend, or a minister, in prospect of trial… How delightful to believe that our heavenly Father has pronounced it upon our favoured heads!

Verse 2
“Send thee help from the sanctuary.” …The sanctuary to us is the person of our blessed Lord, who was typified by the temple, and is the true sanctuary which God has pitched, and not man: let us fly to the cross for shelter in all times of need, and help will be sent to us.

…“And strengthen thee out of Zion.” …This verse is a benediction befitting a Sabbath morning, and may be the salutation either of a pastor to his people, or of a church to its minister. God in the sanctuary of his dear Son's person, and in the city of his chosen church is the proper object of his people's prayers, and under such a character may they confidently look to him for his promised aid.

Verse 3
“Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.” …We ought in our spiritual conflicts to have an eye to the sacrifice of Jesus, and never venture to war until first the Lord has given us a token for good at the altar of the cross, where faith beholds her bleeding Lord.

“Selah.” It is well to pause at the cross before we march onward to battle, and with the Psalmist cry “Selah.” We are too much in a hurry to make good haste. A little pausing might greatly help our speed. Stay, good man, there is a haste which hinders; rest awhile, meditate on the burnt sacrifice, and put thy heart right for the stern work which lieth before thee.

Verse 4
“Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.” …In Christ Jesus sanctified souls may appropriate this verse as a promise; they shall have their desire, and their plans to glorify their Master shall succeed. We may have our own will when our will is God's will. This was always the case with our Lord, and yet he said, “not as I will, but as thou wilt.” What need for submission in our case; if it was necessary to him, how much more for us!

5 That we may reioyce in thy saluation, and set vp the banner in the Name of our God, when the Lord shall performe all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the Lord will helpe his anointed, and will heare him from his Sanctuarie, by the mightie helpe of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, & some in horses: but we will remember the Name of ye Lord our God.

Verse 5
“We will rejoice in thy salvation.” In Jesus there is salvation; it is his own, and hence it is called thy salvation; but it is ours to receive and ours to rejoice in. We should fixedly resolve that come what may, we will rejoice in the saving arm of the Lord Jesus. The people in this Psalm, before their king went to battle, felt sure of victory, and therefore began to rejoice beforehand; how much more ought we to do this who have seen the victory completely won! …The times are evil at present, but so long as Jesus lives and reigns in his church we need not furl our banners in fear, but advance them with sacred courage.

…The church cannot forget that Jesus is her advocate before the throne, and therefore she sums up the desires already expressed in the short sentence, “The Lord fulfil all thy petitions.” Be it never forgotten that among those petitions is that choice one, “Father, I will that they also whom thou hast given me be with me where I am.”

Verse 6
…“He will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.” It is here asserted confidently that God's holiness and power would both come to the rescue of the Saviour in his conflict, and surely these two glorious attributes found congenial work in answering the sufferer's cries. …the divine arm is strong, and all its strength is “saving strength;” that strength, moreover, is in the hand which is most used and which is used most readily - the right hand. What encouragements are these for pleading saints!

Verse 7
Contrasts frequently bring out the truth vividly, and here the church sets forth the creature-confidences of carnal men in contrast with her reliance upon the Prince Immanuel and the invisible Jehovah. “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses.” Chariots and horses make an imposing show… yet the discerning eye of faith sees more in an invisible God than in all these. …It is, therefore, all the greater evidence of faith that the bold songster can here disdain even the horse of Egypt in comparison with the Lord of hosts. …Jesus, be thou alone our rock and refuge, and never may we mar the simplicity of our faith.

“We will remember the name of the Lord our God.” “Our God” in covenant, who has chosen us and whom we have chosen; this God is our God. The name of our God is Jehovah, and this should never be forgotten; the self-existent, independent, immutable, ever-present, all-filling I am. Let us adore that matchless name, and never dishonour it by distrust or creature-confidence. Reader, you must know it before you can remember it. May the blessed Spirit reveal it graciously to your soul!

8 They are brought downe and fallen, but we are risen, and stand vpright.
9 Saue Lord: let the King heare vs in the day that we call.

Verse 8
How different the end of those whose trusts are different: The enemies of God are uppermost at first, but they ere long are brought down …their chariots are burned in the fire, and their horses die of pestilence, and where is their boasted strength? As for those who rest on Jehovah, they are often cast down at the first onset, but an Almighty arm uplifts them, and they joyfully stand upright. The victory of Jesus is the inheritance of his people …while those who rely upon an arm of flesh shall be ashamed and confounded for ever.

Verse 9
The Psalm is here recapitulated. That Jesus might himself be delivered, and might then, as our King, hear us, is the two-fold desire of the Psalm. The first request is granted, and the second is sure to all the seed; and therefore we may close the Psalm with the hearty shout “God save the King.” “God save King Jesus, and may he soon come to reign.”

Heidelberg Catechism for Lord's Day 25 from Coffeeswirls.



Grace and peace to you this Lord's Day.

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