blessedness of safety in the face of impending trial and judgment
AIM: That we
might indeed seek to shut ourselves in with the Lord -- A communion
INTR: We are
living in troublous times, yet we need not fear. We are given in Jesus a
safe haven from it all. We are bidden to follow the Lord to the place of
safety and peace.
1. As we consider the economy, the wars, the crime,
the outright contempt for the things of God we are constrained to expect
2. We have a mandate through it all to preach the Gospel in
the face of trial, yet, in Christ we have a place of security which the
world can neither understand nor penetrate.
3. In every place we find
the prophecies of coming judgment and/or judgment in progress, but we
always find a remnant according to the grace o God.
THESIS: The judgment of God is always
at hand, (our question is not what is going to happen, but what is God
going to do?) Here we have a precious precept given to the remnant to
encourage their hearts regardless of the situation.
I. Come My
1. That the Lord has a “people” (Romans 9:25 As he saith also
in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her
beloved, which was not beloved.) Therefore this message is particular
and it is addressed in a particular way.
2. The thought here is “come
with Me.” Compare Isaiah 1:18; Matthew 11:28ff; and particularly 2
Corinthians 6:16-18 16 And what agreement hath the temple of God with
idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will
dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall
be my people. 17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate,
saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you,
18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters,
saith the Lord Almighty. AND Revelation 18:4 And I heard another voice
from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not
partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Lord’s special care shows itself in that He secures and protects His
Own. Psalms 17:8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the
shadow of thy wings,
4. God’s particular love is shown in the
gracious work of redemption.
5. It is to Him that we submit our cares
and seek after His wisdom. “I must tell Jesus… He ever loves and cares
for His own.”
II. Enter and shut
1. Consider the examples of
the Ark, the Passover, and Rahab the harlot.
2. They are termed “thy
chambers” and are prepared and given us in Christ. (the following was
suggested by reading CHS)
1) They are the places of power
3) Where divine love and faithfulness are clearly
4) Of His immutability, especially as it applies to His
promises to His Own.
5) And salvation: See verse 1, of this chapter.
3. Enter into a place of prayer and meditation: Matthew 6:6 But thou,
when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy
door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth
in secret shall reward thee openly.
4. Consider that God shut Noah in
and so would we be shut in so that doubts, fears and such other things
as hinder are worship are kept away.
5. The strongest fort in the
world is useless if the door is left open.
III. Hide thyself as
1. A man shall be: Isaiah 32:2 And a man shall be as an
hiding place from the wind, and a covert from the tempest; as rivers of
water in a dry place, as the shadow of a great rock in a weary land.
2. And consider: Proverbs 18:10 The name of the LORD is a strong tower:
the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.
3. The “secret” of His
presence: Psalms 31:20 Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy
presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a
pavilion from the strife of tongues.
4. “For a little moment…” We are
to be hidden in Christ wherever and whenever there is judgment.
IV. The Lord is coming to judge
1. It shall be from out of His place:
Micah 1:3-4 For, behold, the LORD cometh forth out of his place, and
will come down, and tread upon the high places of the earth. 4 And the
mountains shall be molten under him, and the valleys shall be cleft, as
wax before the fire, and as the waters that are poured down a steep
2. Of men: Ecclesiastes 8:11 Because sentence against an evil
work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is
fully set in them to do evil.
3. And S. F. Psalms 9:17 The wicked
shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.
They have trodden under foot the blood of His Son. They would presume to
tell God what is politically correct. They are devising their own means
of salvation and expect God to be pleased with it. They have followed
the course of this world: Isaiah 14:12-15 12 How art thou fallen from
heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the
ground, which didst weaken the nations! 13 For thou hast said in thine
heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars
of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides
of the north: 14 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will
be like the most High. 15 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the
sides of the pit.
5. But, in Christ, we are safely shut in – see
verse 12 and consider the connection of these things with the Lord’s