Unto the Lord be the glory great things He has done, indeed, the greater things He will surely do in our lives in the Name of our Lord Jesus. What a wonder You Are, let all glory be to the Lord Who is Worthy of our praises. Blessed Redeemer, we worship You, we praise Your Name for ever and ever.
Let us be grateful unto the Lord who gives us victory from generation to generation, His praise shall continual be in our mouth. Beloved, here is another opportunity to call upon our Maker to show us great and Mighty things which we knoweth not.
I invite you to the table to part take of this wonderful opportunity to pray for yourself and intercede for others especial those who cannot pray for themselves, those whose hopes are failing, who are yet to receive the light of the gospel. They need our prayers and we must fail in this noble task assigned to us by the Lord, Himself.
Let us hurry least we tarry and the Bridegroom find us unworthy of this divine assignment. How often we loiter in the place of prayer. The prayer guide before us this day is a very interesting and dutiful one indeed. “Watchman, what of the night?”
Beloved, do you pay attention to those moments when nobody is watching you? Can you still be found worthy by your Master? Can you give a positive node to yourself and say “well done?”
Let’s get down to the business of self-examination through contrition where we are found wanting and ask God to forgive us and resolve to be faithful in all (Isa 26:4):
“Watchman, what of the night?” Isaiah 21:11
What enemies are abroad? Errors are a numerous horde, and new ones appear every hour: against what heresy am I to be on my guard? Sins creep from their lurking places when the darkness reigns; I must myself mount the watch-tower, and watch unto prayer. Our heavenly Protector foresees all the attacks which are about to be made upon us, and when as yet the evil designed us is but in the desire of Satan, He prays for us that our faith fail not, when we are sifted as wheat. Continue O gracious Watchman, to forewarn us of our foes, and for Zion’s sake hold not thy peace.
“Watchman, what of the night?” What weather is coming for the Church? Are the clouds lowering, or is it all clear and fair overhead? We must care for the Church of God with anxious love; and now that Popery and infidelity are both threatening, let us observe the signs of the times and prepare for conflict.
“Watchman, what of the night?” What stars are visible? What precious promises suit our present case? You sound the alarm, give us the consolation also. Christ, the polestar, is ever fixed in His place, and all the stars are secure in the right hand of their Lord.
But watchman, when comes the morning? The Bridegroom tarries. Are there no signs of His coming forth as the Sun of Righteousness? Has not the morning star arisen as the pledge of day? When will the day dawn, and the shadows flee away? O Jesus, if Thou come not in person to Thy waiting Church this day, yet come in Spirit to my sighing heart, and make it sing for joy.
“Now all the earth is bright and glad
With the fresh morn;
But all my heart is cold, and dark and sad:
Sun of the soul, let me behold Thy dawn!
Come, Jesus, Lord,
O quickly come, according to Thy word.”
Beloved, we still have a great and noble assignment to accomplish for the Lord, the grace to pray and intercede for one another, may we receive in Jesus Name (Ps 84:11):
“Let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen.” Psalm 72:19
This is a large petition. To intercede for a whole city needs a stretch of faith, and there are times when a prayer for one man is enough to stagger us. But how far-reaching was the psalmist’s dying intercession! How comprehensive! How sublime! “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory.” It doth not exempt a single country however crushed by the foot of superstition; it doth not exclude a single nation however barbarous. 1:15
For the cannibal as well as for the civilized, for all climes and races this prayer is uttered: the whole circle of the earth it encompasses, and omits no son of Adam. We must be up and doing for our Master, or we cannot honestly offer such a prayer. The petition is not asked with a sincere heart unless we endeavour, as God shall help us, to extend the kingdom of our Master. Are there not some who neglect both to plead and to labour?
Reader, is it your prayer? Turn your eyes to Calvary. Behold the Lord of Life nailed to a cross, with the thorn-crown about His brow, with bleeding head, and hands, and feet. What! can you look upon this miracle of miracles, the death of the Son of God, without feeling within your bosom a marvellous adoration that language never can express? And when you feel the blood applied to your conscience, and know that He has blotted out your sins, you are not a man unless you start from your knees and cry, “Let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen.”
Can you bow before the Crucified in loving homage, and not wish to see your Monarch master of the world? Out on you if you can pretend to love your Prince, and desire not to see Him the universal ruler.
Your piety is worthless unless it leads you to wish that the same mercy which has been extended to you may bless the whole world. Lord, it is harvest-time, put in Thy sickle and reap (Ps 49:8).
Beloved, are making this pledge with a sincerely heart? to be among the reapers God will use. Get on your kneels right now and tell God to open your eyes of understanding to see where you can or who you can reap for the kingdom. And as you labour for the kingdom; your needs the Lord will meet in the Name of the Lord! Amen! (Isa 40:11;1 Tim 1:15; Rom 8:31; 1 Pet 5:4)
Remain blessed in the Lord.