REGARD TO CHRIST EFORCED.

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
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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
of the Son," is here more simply expressed by " trusting in him."
In fact, a cordial and entire confidence in him, as " our wisdom,
righteousness, sanctification, and redemption," comprehends all
the duties which we are capable of performing towards him in
this world.
ow such a trust in him renders a man inconceivably blessed.
It brings peace into his soul : it obtains for him the forgiveness of
all his sins : it secures *' grace sufficient for him," and " strength
according to his day." It makes him " blessed" in every state ;
tn health or sickness, in wealth or poverty, in life or death. It
entitles him to an incorruptible and undefiled inheritance in hea-
ven. o creature that possessed it, ever perished. Glory and
honour and immortality are the portion of " all that trust in
Christ." Whatever may have been their past conduct, or however
they may doubt their own acceptance with God, they " are '*
blessed, and shall he blessed for evermore.]
Application —
[Here then is the direction which in God's name we give to
all; "Kiss the Son." If you have any desire to escape the
wrath to come, or to lay hold on eternal life, this is the sure, the
only way of attaining your end. eglect Christ ; and, whatever
else you either have or do, it will avail you nothing : you must
** perish" everlastingly'. Love the Lord Jesus Christ, and give
yourselves up unto him; and, notwithstanding your past sins, or
present infirmities, ^' you shall never perish, but shall have ever-
lasting life".]
' Rev. vi. 15— 17. ' Heb. ii, 3.
* Luke xiv. 24. & John iii. 36. " John iii. 15, 16.
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