nature of the reconciliation that God has accomplished in Christ in
bringing us to a state of harmony with Him and in Him.
AIM: That we
should reflect upon and pursue those things wherein we are found in such
acceptable way before God and that by embracing Christ our Lord in all
INTR: Verse 10
of our text is one that I have often quoted, meditated on, rejoiced in,
and referenced from the context of other messages while not at all being
sure of its full meaning.
1. This is some of the most beautiful of
Hebrew poetry and evidently has Christ in view in that reconciliation
with God is clearly in view.
2. The picture here embraces the
heavenly design as well as the result of His sovereign will manifested
and realized in the hearts of the Lord’s people.
3. The declaration
of the blessed relationship to be enjoyed in and with the Lord comes at
the culmination of remembrance of past mercy attached to a plea for
THESIS: It has ever
been the design and desire of the Lord to dwell in perfect harmony with
His people as they sense the glory of the Lord as it is realized in
redemption and the Psalmist expresses that hope here.
relationships described (v. 10)
1. In verse 7 and 8 the writer
desires to see the mercy of the Lord and commits to hear what the Lord
will say. It is to them that fear the Lord that salvation is said to be
2. We would endeavor to determine the location of these things
as in Heaven or on earth.
1) The first two must of a certainty exist
in Heaven in that they address things true of God.
2) The second pair
may would seem to be the result of the first and realized on earth.
3. Many have seen each of these things as adversarial and then being
brought together in Christ and we certainly would not divorce these
things from Him and the work of reconciliation.
1) It would seem
rather that the Psalmist intended that mercy and truth be seen as
characteristic of God as we think of His intent and not trying to see
how he could reconcile these things within Himself – that is how could
he be merciful and just, rather than to see mercy as finding a way to
cross over the line of justice in order to display His lovingkindness.
2) If we see righteousness and peace as coexisting as the resonating
chord in the life of believers we may understand the metaphor that in
the believer, they have kissed.
3) Many would see all these things in
God, but as MacLaren observed the whole theme of the Psalm is harmony
between heaven and earth – God and His people.
4) The first of the
couplets characterizes all that God does with His people and the second
characterize the life of His people.
i. Specifically as they have the
imputed and imparted righteousness of Christ they know Peace: And the
work of righteousness shall be peace; and the effect of righteousness
quietness and assurance for ever. Isaiah 32:17.
II. A reversal of
position (v. 11)
1. Truth springing out of the earth looks to the
likeness and image of Christ in His people (on earth as it is in
Heaven). Mercy and truth are registered in hearts and find expression in
1) The truth that is eternal in our Triune God as a result of
a divine work of regeneration and revelation begins to reach up to
heaven proving an identity with its source.
2) The faithfulness of
God begins and grows as a characteristic of His people.
righteousness in heaven pictures a Trinitarian and loving look to those
whose lives are reflecting the truth written in their hearts and minds.
III. The reciprocation which occurs (vv. 12-13)
1. The “yea” or
yes here gives emphasis and the assurance of divine support in all that
has gone before:
1) The provision of that which is good: For the LORD
God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good
thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. Psalms 84:11
And see also: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness,
neither shadow of turning. James 1:17
3) While the land is in view,
the idea of spiritual prosperity is not lost here. It is all for His
2. Righteousness in the person of Christ, His life and work,
is ever before us and He will set us in His footsteps – O LORD, I know
that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to
direct his steps. Jeremiah 10:23 AND A man's heart deviseth his way: but
the LORD directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9.
3. Through Christ and
His work we have been brought into a way of likeness with Him: 19 To
wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not
imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word
of reconciliation. 20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though
God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye
reconciled to God. 2 Corinthians 5:19-20.