Quotes from, ‘Treasury of David.’ Spurgeon 1
Taken from Greg Hanley’s Psalm for Sunday meditations.
Over the years I have enjoyed a Psalm each Lord’s Day morning, and used Spurgeon’s notes. As I make my way through the Psalms again I wanted to share some of his comments on the texts. I do hope any readers will find them as stimulating as I have had.
Psalm 1 (Sunday 10th May 20)
‘The seat of the scorner may be very lofty, but it is very near to the gate of hell; let us flee from it, for it shall soon be empty, and destruction shall swallow up the man who sits therein.’
‘They have taken their degree in vice, and as true Doctors of Damnation they are installed, and are looked up to by others as Masters in Belial.’
V3. ‘And he shall be like a tree planted’ –
Not a wild tree, but “a tree planted,” chosen, considered as property, cultivated and secured from the last terrible uprooting, for “every plant which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.” (Matthew 5v13)
‘His leaf also shall not wither,’
‘his faintest word shall be everlasting; his little deeds of love shall be had in remembrance.’
‘It is not outward prosperity which the Christian most desires and values; it is soul prosperity which he longs for. We often, like Jehoshaphat, make ships to go to Tarshish for gold, but they are broken at Ezion-geber.’ I Kings 22v48
Here is their character –
‘they are like chaff, ‘intrinsically worthless, dead, unserviceable, without substance, and easily carried away. Here also, mark their doom, – ‘the wind driveth away,’ death shall hurry them with its terrible blast into the fire which they shall be utterly consumed.
‘Sooner could a fish live upon a tree than the wicked in Paradise.’
‘The righteous carves his name upon the rock, but the wicked writes his remembrance in the sand. The righteous man ploughs the furrows of earth, and sows a harvest here, which shall never be fully reaped till he enters the enjoyments of eternity; but as for the wicked, he ploughs the sea, and though there may seem to be a shinning trail behind his keel, yet the waves shall pass over it, and the place that knew him shall know him no more for ever. The very ‘way’ of the ungodly shall perish. If it exist in remembrance, it shall be in the remembrance of the bad; for the Lord will cause the name of the wicked to rot, to become a stench in the nostrils of the good, and to be only known to the wicked themselves by its putridity.’
‘May the Lord cleanse our hearts, and our ways, that we may escape the doom of the ungodly, and enjoy the blessedness of the righteous.’
The ‘Treasury of David is available on Kindle also.