Possibly this text may not apply to one in a thousand of the readers of this little book of promises; but the LORD cheers that one in such words as these.
Let us pray for all such as are
cast out wrongfully. May the LORD
appear to their joy!
The text applies to truly gracious men who
tremble at the word of the LORD.
These were hated of their brethren and
at length cast out because of their fidelity and their holiness.
must have been very bitter to them; and all the more so because their
casting out was done in the name of religion
and professedly with the view of glorifying God.
How much is done for
the devil in the name of God!
The use of the name of Jehovah to add
venom to the bite of the old serpent is an instance of his subtlety.
appearing of the LORD for them is the hope of His persecuted people.
appears as the advocate and defender of His elect; and when He does so
it means a clear deliverance for the God-fearing and shame for their
O LORD, fulfill this word to those whom men are deriding!