The Lord Reigneth.
LAST words have a peculiar interest, and in the light of subsequent events, Mr. Hynd's last address at Kilbirnie Conference on January 2nd, 1904, of which we are able to give a few notes, will be prized by many. After giving out the hymn, "He sitteth o'er the water floods," he read the 93rd Psalm, and briefly commented on it as follows:----
The primary application of this Psalm is undoubtedly future and speaks of the time when He whose right it is to reign will reign outwardly and manifestly on earth.
Now, however, in the present age, He reigns in grace. Outwardly, His kingdom is extended by the Gospel, bringing men from the power of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son. Inwardly, His reign in the believer's heart, brings "righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."
"THE LORD REIGNETH"----
1st. Majestically----"Clothed with majesty" (verse 1). We read of the majesty of King Solomon which so awed the Queen of Sheba; we read of Nebuchadnezzar, after his reason was restored, that "Excellent majesty" was added unto him, but these and all other earthly conceptions of majesty are like to the light of the glow-worm as compared with the sun shining in His strength.
2nd. Powerfully----"The Lord is clothed with strength. Not only robes of glory, but panoplied in armour. Croesus was one of the greatest and richest kings of antiquity, but he had no strength to maintain his position, and Cyrus conquered him, and used his immense treasures for his funeral pyle. So Christ with Satan. "The strong man armed" has been overcome by a stronger and despoiled of his goods. Now we who have been delivered from his tyranny, and brought into the kingdom of God, have that same conquering power still for us.
We have The Power of His Life. This maintains us in unchanging favour before God; His continual intercourse proves our salvation from day to day. Then we have The Power of His Love as the mighty energizing force of our lives, impelling us to more devotedness and self-surrender.
3rd. Triumphantly---"He sitteth o'er the waterfloods."
Floods of Sin.----He has already proved more than a match for sin; He is still Jesus, saving His people from their sins.
Floods of Difficulty.----Like Israel at the Red Sea, we have often to "stand still and see the salvation of the Lord." "At the blast of His nostrils, the floods stood up as an heap."
Floods of Temptation.----All the devices of the enemy are known to Him; He has been the way before us and exposed all his tactics. "Tempted on all points, as we are, yet without sin."
Floods of Sorrow.----Unlike King Canute, who foolishly imagined he could, by his word, stay the progress of the advancing waves; King Jesus is "mightier than the noise· of many waters." When sorrow dashes in upon our souls, He can say, "Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further,"
4th. He Reigns in Holiness----"Holiness becometh Thine house, O Lord, for ever."
Surely we who are His subjects, and destined to be with Him to share His glory, would do well to observe this "law of the kingdom."
"Feed My Sheep"