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March 12, 2017


TEXT: Isaiah 26: 20-21
READING:  Psalm 17

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SUBJ: The 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 meditation.

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 judgment.
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 people…
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.
3. The 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
2) Of divine wisdom
3) Where divine love and faithfulness are clearly understood.
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 it were…
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 place.
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.
4. 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 Table.