These are the great seers of the human race whose absorbing love and adoration of God has filled them with light and knowledge of Him little dreamed of by the many who have feebler and lower aspiration. L. Wiseman, B. A.But it is said the prophet gives us the natural order. What has he to trust in for the continuance of the hope that these desires shall be gratified? There must be a regular feeding on God's Word and promises.III. The spiritual is so real. Perhaps that is the commentary on this verse. WE SEE WHAT THE LORD'S WAITING PEOPLE NEED. It is like a river or a stream — always passing away, and yet the power is always present; the power moving the mill-wheel, not by jerks, but by a continuous stream, always passing away, and yet ever flowing in; one measure of strength succeeding that which has been expended. In point of comfort. Running is undignified, say some, it is more stately to walk, more dignified even to sit still. The strength of wit, and reason, and understanding, and memory, and the like, while their heart and will and affections have no saving work at all upon them. This is a mounting up on wings, as compared with which the rest are but running and walking. Many things he desires to do but cannot. And the first thing that strikes us is the language used by the prophet — language so far removed from mere formal expression. Then the engine and carriages of the detached front part of the train came back and all were coupled up. We see the years move on, and the everlasting truth subdue all to itself. They are not. Doubt seems so impossible, and elements of character are forming then that we should be poor indeed without in future time. The pious man is compared in Scripture to the sun — "his soul is as the shining light, which shineth more and more unto the perfect day." The stars speak His power. We renew our strength in the battle with our besetting sin, in the conquest of fierce passions and unruly tempers, and in the maintenance and steadfastness of high resolve. Do not books? On the other hand, Divine strength never fails. Clear and comprehensive views of the truth of God. We are not to spend all our time in rapturous contemplation. And the man who waits upon God enters into that eternal calm and blessedness.(F. Usually we have, at any rate, just a little strength, and then waiting upon Him means not only prayer and uplooking, but doing His commandments like the angels, who because they do them excel in strength.II. C. Tymms. Booth by faith has changed the drunkard and the sensualist into saints. Perhaps that is the commentary on this verse. )The encouragement of true worshippersW. We are shown the infinite powers that He concealed in the heart of a solitary man of faith. Our Lord refers to a similar thought in John 4:14, "The water that I shall give him shall become in him." Then intuitions become truths — not fitful, nor irregular, not based upon inchoate and undigested knowledge, but constant, regular, and founded on sound judgment. A. It means prayer — much more than an occasional supplication, however real; it means persistent, persevering, continual prayer; it means an abiding attitude of trustful dependence upon God; it means all that is wrapped up in those beautiful words, "Oh, rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him"; it means trust in the Lord and do good; it means trust in the Lord at all times, for with Him is everlasting strength, and have no confidence in self.2. The man lies down on his bed, and "waits." There must be a regular feeding on God's Word and promises.III. They shall have a new kind of strength bestowed upon them, over what they had before conversion, as Caleb had another spirit, and Saul another heart. THE CONDITION of all this. Entwisle.I. For the old, for the young, for the sick and infirm, and even for such as may be tottering into the grave, he writes for them, and all he says is true and needful for their case. When we have done flying, we go on running. They shall have a new kind of strength bestowed upon them, over what they had before conversion, as Caleb had another spirit, and Saul another heart. They were now coupled up to the source of the power, and the effect of every pulse of the engine was communicated to them, and had it run one hundred miles an hour so would they have done. Wait for the power of the Holy Spirit every day. Desire.2. When I look at what He does for the stars, I realise that His work is done every moment. )Despondency and hopefulnessW. Do not all the influences which go to make up the ever-teeming society? (3) The afflictions of others, and the scandal of the Cross (Ephesians 3:13). This leads us to notice the three degrees of moral and spiritual activity presented to us in the figurative language of the prophet:. None had such joy as Christ. Though it seems tiny, it is real fire, and it can set the world ablaze. Magnetise a needle, and it becomes much more sensitive to the force of the magnet. Study and love your Bible, but remember it is God who must give the orders, and you will fail if you take them from a book. When we have done flying, we go on running. )Strength helping weaknessF. Encountering God In The Jewish Feast Of Weeks. The period of fresh, wild enthusiasms; the season of zeal without discretion, when all sorts of impossibilities are dreamed, all sorts of vain things attempted. )Running and walkingF. THE HOPES THAT ARE BASED ON FAITH GIVE STRENGTH TO LIVE FOR GOD. 2. Is not that the history in a nutshell of what is called the progress of nearly every society or opinion that you know? B. Meyer, B. white ceramic mug * 3.75 tall * Microwave safe * Dishwasher safe * The design wraps "Mount up with wings as eagles, run, walk," and one might almost dare to add a fourth — "stand still!"(F. Our utter impotence. Then I repaired to one of the tonic springs and "waited" on its bubbling waters, trusting them and taking them into my system. THE CHARACTER OF THOSE CONCERNING WHOM THE DECLARATION OR PROMISE IN THE TEXT IS MADE, considered as "waiting on the Lord."1. But the Christian has had that care upon his heart daffy, and he knows how to bear it, and before whom to lay it. And this is done commonly, in the greatest uncertainty whether the means will prove effectual.2. The man with so keen an eye for rhetorical effect as this writer shows could not have ended this matchless oration so tamely. 2. HOW SPIRITUAL STRENGTH MAY BE ACQUIRED; AND HOW RENEWED, WHEN IT HAS BEEN IMPAIRED. We are not to spend all our time in rapturous contemplation. Looking to save? As long as you rest, in the place of power and blessing the stream will flow through you unceasingly. It is the daily walk along the beaten path that reveals the depth and sincerity of our religion. This is not arbitrary, but necessary. L. Wiseman, B. A.The knapsack that galls and oppresses the novice at mountain climbing is borne without fatigue by the guide who is accustomed to it. In all godly "waiting" there lies the capability of Godward soaring. God is so near. We must not be biassed by any theory of Church or ordinances, nor by any preaching, to suppose that we are shut up to the dealings of God with us through these channels. This strength is that qualification of mind by which the followers of Christ are enabled to endure trials and bear the cross.5. There are various reasons why we should constantly apply to God for a renewal of our spiritual strength. When love to God is ardent and constant in its exercise, then there is real strength. First comes the "flying" stage. Use all strength as a gift of God. The Divine Spirit comes into the hearts of men in ways that are inexplicable to the lower understanding, and that, therefore, men who are on the lower plane of life do not comprehend. If you are to wait aright upon the Lord, you must learn to know Him, you must turn away your thoughts and eyes and heart and trust from everything, and set them upon God alone, My conduct in waiting for a man, or waiting on him, will depend entirely upon what I think of him. You see the eagle mounting up by a power that God has given it. Horton, D. D.)Waiting upon the LordJ. Though it seems tiny, it is real fire, and it can set the world ablaze. C. The energy of this life manifests itself in various ways. )Life's order and the Divine sufficiencyJ. RENEWED VIGOUR. (2) While only the few can thus fly, many can only run. Divine consolation. With a stronger stroke than the eagle's wing will he be able to beat the air and penetrate to the third heaven; he will run before the chariot of the king and get to the city sooner than the fleetest horses of which even the king of Israel can boast; like Asahell he shall be lissom of limb and light of foot; and when far in the trackless desert even the endurance of the camel gives out, shall the man of God hold on his way. The sacrament of the Lord's Supper.3. Cooke. "Every man that hath this hope in Him purifieth himself, even as He is pure. And what does God reveal in contrast with His great omnipotence? The man who waits upon God has three cardinal qualities which above all others will tend to the conquest of the world — buoyancy of spirits, activity, and perseverance; the man who can command these is the man who will win.(F. It is like a banquet spread before one who has no appetite or whose habitual food is altogether different, or like a rich and perfect performance of music to one who is altogether destitute of any musical sense.II. When exhausted renew your power.(R. Thank God for the flying stage while it lasts, for we do get visions in those flights that abide with us long after our wings have dropped off, and we have learned that the ether is not our element; visions whose memory helps to cheer us as hereafter we trudge along the monotonous and dusty ways of life's hard routine. You throw a stone into the air. The wall of Jerusalem, of the second temple, would never have been built but for men like Nehemiah and Haggai, men who had their times of fear and depression and weakness, hut who went to God and came back not only strengthened themselves, but able to strengthen their brethren, so that the great work was done. The truth lies the other way! So it is possible for the Christian to be moving on by a power that very soon expends itself, and by a process of exhaustion he falls back again under the gravitating influence of his evil tendencies. An engine came down and gave them a push, sending them towards the stationary carriages at such a rate that it seemed as though they would crash into the train with violence. This was completed by the enlargement and recension of that unique and marvellous missionary agent, the Old Testament literature, so splendidly enriched with some of its most pathetic and consolatory contributions, so carefully transcribed and sacredly guarded by the "Scribes," who started into existence in these days; and so diligently pondered by those choice spirits who had learnt to sigh for God as their exceeding joy, and to serve Him as their chief delight. This seems to say that the life of communion with God is not a long series of vapid and unemotional hours, a dead level of mechanical and spiritless employments, but a life that has rare and glorious experiences, holy aspirations, ennobling thoughts, ecstatic emotions, spirit-stirring hopes.1. THE HOPES THAT ARE BASED ON FAITH IN GOD GIVE STRENGTH ENOUGH TO APPROACH HIM. The expression "wait upon" is a most felicitous one, because while it includes prayer it means and covers so much more.1. Is this really so? Halsey. They that wait upon the Lord shall "change," that is, they shall have another strength bestowed upon them, and such as will be more useful to them. He sees the clouds and mist around the planet, but not the world itself. We must speak in the language of reproof to all those who are strangers to this operation in the soul; who never do humbly wait upon God, but when chastised and rebuked of the Lord are disposed to resist His authority, to impugn His character as merciful and gracious; who give utterance to all the outbreaks of a rebellious, unsanctified heart. I have often gone to Saratoga, in the heat of the early summer, quite run down, and my vitality burned out as coal gets exhausted in the bunkers of a steamer. The young man who never overdid himself and felt utterly exhausted through some strenuous exertion in a great contest will never do much in the world — he is not worth much- Not the tame, slow idlers, but the forceful men, the men who rejoice in their strength and to use their strength, the men who would rather drop than give in while another yard can be run, or another step be made, or another blow be struck for victory — these are the men who will assuredly be carried on in the great enterprise until they are weary, and when weary will be carried on by their indomitable spirit, while others are seeking rest, until at last they reel and stagger and collapse. At any rate he found in the matchless wing-power of the eagle a sublime image of an inspiring and God-seeking man. "Wait on the Lord," says Solomon, "and He shall save thee." "Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly. C. By this strength, spiritual duties are acceptably performed.4. I can strive no more, says the tired heart. The Gospel is a message of joy. When men come to a higher Christian life they have days of spiritual insight; and those days grow longer and longer, like the days of the coming summer, when the sun goes down later and later, and rises earlier and earlier. In common daily duty we are to run in the ways of God's commandments; but the word is more frequently employed to denote some direct obedience to some special command. )Waiting upon GodT. Our text speaks not only of flying, but of running and walking. But that stage, too, passes. The fact is, men are led to think they are going to conquer the whole land in five minutes, and imagine they are going to realise their ideal before they are five-and-twenty; and when they find that the nearer they ought to be getting to their ideal the farther it recedes into the distance, they are discouraged, and, out of sheer despair of ever reaching their ideal, they give it up, and laugh at those who try to pursue it. In point of comfort. But the margin speaks of this renewal as a change of strength, as if it would remind us of the mansidedness of the grace of God, and its perfect adaptability to our everchanging needs.II. "In quietness and confidence shall be your strength." Without warmth in our desires and feelings we shall be found sickly. I. Dickson, D. D.As it is the same God who works in nature and in grace, so a most interesting analogy may be traced between His operations in both. Walking is less than running, and fainting is more than weariness. 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