Friday, 19 September 2014
Psalm 110: Treasure from a friend
Today’s post was written my Meredith Bowman. Thanks, Meredith, for sharing this nugget with us…
Rondi was sure right when she said this Psalm contained buried treasure. I was excited to see what was there so I started digging. Little did I know that digging with just my own hands wouldn’t be enough. I had to get out some tools to help me get to that treasure.
After my third reading of verse 3, I still had no idea what David was talking about. So I got out the commentary of the 19th century British pastor, Charles Spurgeon. Well, imagine my surprise when this was the “insight” he had into this psalm: “Never verse in the Scripture has puzzled me more than this to find out its meaning and its connection.” What? Don’t tell me the great Spurgeon is stumped too? But this is how he responds: “I have taken down all the commentators I have in my possession…employing every means in my power to discover the meaning…” This was an eye-opener for me. I realized that even my hero Spurgeon can’t simply dig up treasure without help. In fact, he cites 39 different individuals whom he has consulted to find insights into just this psalm alone! We are all dependant on others to help us understand the Bible so that we can apply it to our lives.
Thankfully after Spurgeon’s further study of this verse, he discovers a beautiful picture of the effect of the gospel, a picture I never could have seen on my own without someone explaining the history of these phrases. “Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy majesty, from the womb of the dawn you will receive the dew of your youth.”
After David’s illustration of the King in v. 2, he goes on to describe the subjects he will rule – those whom God will call and convert from being enemies to becoming his royal citizens. He will start by transforming their hard hearts and make them a willing people. Then he will array them in holy garments, fitting for a royal army.
When will this happen?
I can become so easily discouraged when I share the gospel and hear nothing but crickets in the background as a response. Or when I look around our church and the only new faces I see are those who came from other churches. But there is one key word in this verse that answers that question – YOUR day. The day of YOUR power. Not my day, not my power. And when that day comes, there will be none who can stop it.
How will this happen?
The dew appears mysteriously in the morning. They used to say “out of whose womb came the dew? Who is the mother of those pearly drops?” The dew represents the multitude of willing troops, or converts, who will be ready on HIS day of battle. Where did all of this dew – these Christians come from? They came from God – mysteriously. There is no obvious connection to the origin of the dew – it didn’t rain and so make the ground wet. Just like in the work of God to convert a soul – it isn’t from a wonderful sermon or eloquent sharing of the gospel that one is regenerated. It is a mysterious work of God. God alone has done it. “That is how God’s people shall be saved; they are divinely called, divinely brought…divinely scattered over the entire surface of the globe, divinely refreshing to the world, they proceed from the ‘womb of the morning’.”
Thanks Spurgeon – you rock! (Oh, as well as the other 39 guys who helped you!)