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Regard to Christ Enforced.

Regard to Christ Enforced.

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.Ps. ii. 12. Kiss the Son, lest he he angry , and ye perish from
the ivay, when his wrath is kindled hut a little. Blessed are
all they that put their trust in him,

.Ps. ii. 12. Kiss the Son, lest he he angry , and ye perish from
the ivay, when his wrath is kindled hut a little. Blessed are
all they that put their trust in him,

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 20, 2014
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REGARD TO CHRIST EFORCED. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A..Ps. ii. 12. Kiss the Son, lest he he angry , and ye perish from the ivay, when his wrath is kindled hut a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him, TO SO great a degree do the Psalms abound with prophecies relating to Christ, that all the most im- portant circumstances of his life and death, his resur- rection and glory, might be narrated from them with almost as much precision as in the Gospels them- selves. The psalm before us has but a partial refe- rence to David. It may be considered indeed as a triumphant proclamation of his establishment on his throne, notwithstanding all the opposition that had been made to him by Saul and by the Jews them- selves. But it principally points to the exaltation of Jesus to his throne of glory : and it concludes with a.n address to all the monarchs of the earth to submit themselves to his government. In considering the words of the text, we shall call your attention to, I., The injunction — Who '* the Son" is, we are at no loss to determine ; since an inspired commentator has expressly declared it 333.] REGARD TO CHRIST EFORCED. 11 it to be Christ''. By " kissing" him, we are to under- stand,
1. Submission to his authority — [Samuel, having anointed Saul to be king of Israel, kissed him, in token of his submission to the power that was now vested in him^'. ow Jesus is " seated as King upon God's holy hill inZion*^:" and he demands that all should acknowledge him as their supreme Lord and only Saviour **. His yoke in every view is hateful to us by nature ; but most of all are we averse to " submit to his righteousness *." But this we must do, renouncing every other ground of dependence *, and trusting in him as ''The Lord our Righteousness ^ "] % 2. Love to his person — [When Mary desired to express her love to Jesus, she " kissed his feet''." And we also must feel in our hearts, and express in every possible way, a fervent attachment to him : the characteristic mark of his disciples is, to " love him in since- rity '." Destitute of this mark, we have nothing to expect but speedy and everlasting destruction ''. We must therefore account him precious to our souls ^, yea, " fairer than ten thousand, and altogether lovely." We must delight ourselves in contemplating his beauty, and maintaining fellowship with him ".] 3. Devotion to his service — [Idolaters used, in worshipping their gods, to kiss their images ", or to kiss their hands in token of their devout regard to them". In this sense also are we to "kiss the Son," exer- cising the same faith in him that we do in the Most High God P, and honouring him in every respect as we honour the Father .1 To kiss him, like Judas, and betray him, will fearfully aggravate our condemnation.] The vast importance of this injunction will appear, if we consider,
II. The arguments with which it is enforced — And here we notice, 1 . The danger of disobeying it — [Gracious and loving as the Saviour is, he is susceptible of anger on just occasions, and feels a holy indignation against those * Compare ver. 7. with Heb. i. 5. *" 1 Sam. x. 1. •= ver. 6. ^ Compare Isai. xlv. 23, 24. with Rom. xiv, 1 1. *Rom. x.3. M^hil. iii. 9. ^ Jer. xxiii. 6. •" Luke vii'. 38. ' Eph. vi. 24. '' 1 Cor. xvi. 22. ' 1 Pet. ii. 7. "1 John i. 3. " Hos. xiii. 2. 1 Kin. xix. 18. " Job xxxi. 26, 27. P Acts ix. 6. John xiv. 1. ^ John v. 23. 12 PSALMS, n. 12. [333. those who slight his love. And, " if once his wrath be kindled, yea but a little," it will utterly destroy us\ It will be but little consolation to us to see others suffering under his heavier dis- pleasure : the person who feels the smallest portion of his wrath in hell, will be inexpressibly and eternally miserable : and there- fore it becomes us to offer him the sincerest tribute of our affec- tion without delay. othing but this can prevent our ruin. In whatever "way" we are walking, we shall " perish from it," if we do not embrace him with the arms of faith, and " cleave to him with full purpose of heart ^."J 2. The benefit arising from obedience to it — , [What was before metaphorically represented by " kissing

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