G. Merrill.In one of our western cities is a physician who is very skilful in doctoring the human eye. Jeary. And it makes me feel humble, and leads me to be careful; humble, because I must be so small, so weak, and so wicked in God's sight; careful, for surely I shall want God to see only that which will please Him as He shall look me through and through.(J. 1. I. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. And it makes me feel humble, and leads me to be careful; humble, because I must be so small, so weak, and so wicked in God's sight; careful, for surely I shall want God to see only that which will please Him as He shall look me through and through.(J. The immediate connection of "therefore" in ver. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? The power of the truth, the power of faith, the power of prayer, will silence his artillery. It would not be if the exaltation were to be in the line of the humility; that is, if the man was to be exalted in the very pride from which he humbles himself. Scripture: James 4:8. Crosby, D. D.)Humility explained, and its necessity enforcedA. If God draw nigh to us, it is not to forsake us immediately afterwards. In drawing nigh unto God a sinner must have a sense not only of his own unrighteousness, but of his own helplessness.3. But which of you can venture to say that your transgressions are few in number? To which short precept is set down a like promise: draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. "Men ought always to pray and not to faint." The believer's humility implies a life of prayer. )Drawing near to GodR. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances.4. It is better to have your good things to come, than here (Luke 16:21).2. Thomson, D. D.)Humility in God's sightJ. In coming to God, we come to Him who is the blessed and only Potentate; the King of kings, the Lord of lords; who only hath immortality; who, by His word, framed the worlds; and, by the same word of power, upholdeth all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being.2. The devices of God's wisdom become acceptable to you, the offers of His mercy become welcome to you, the hopes of His favour become precious to you, the whole manifestation of His redeeming love becomes available to you.(A. In coming to God, we come to Him who is the blessed and only Potentate; the King of kings, the Lord of lords; who only hath immortality; who, by His word, framed the worlds; and, by the same word of power, upholdeth all things; in whom we live, and move, and have our being.2. 4. If you saw one person using every art to please another, and to draw him into conversation, and the second person avoided his presence, and refused intercourse, what would you think? Nor shall any man who truly seeks God seek him in vain. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances.4. Turnbull. To "be subject unto God" necessarily involves resistance to God's great enemy. We need to make a clear decision and intentionally set aside… III. Use it in your life and when praying for others. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 1. (3) Men draw near to God also by prayer, whereby we ascend, as it were, to heaven, and approach near to the presence of God. He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. Merrill. Townson, D. D.)The approach of a devout mind to the AlmightyO. )Communion with GodAlex. When the sinner is made humble, he is merely undergoing a part of that moral process which must take place, in order that he may be raised from the death of sin to the life of holiness and peace. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. A family member, a loved one or a dear friend had just died. Trapp. And can we have been often with the holy God, and not be holy?(O. Hislop.I. And as pride consists in our entertaining higher ideas of ourselves than truth will warrant, and in our presuming upon these, both in feeling and in practice, as if they were just and correct, so humility consists in our entertaining accurate notions of what we really are in relation to some one above us, and in preserving that station which a regard to our real merits requires us to occupy, as to the sentiments we cherish and the conduct we maintain, with respect to those under whom we are placed. Marshall Segal Mar 2, 2020 4.9K Shares Sermon. The true exaltation must be in the truth. And in that love he finds a true holiness springing up in his soul. He sees Him who is invisible, and his motives come from that source, so invisible to the world. And therefore Christ is Emmanuel. says an objector, "is that a true humility which is humble in order to be exalted?" The humility that is enjoined is connected with the privilege that is to follow it, in another way than that of either natural or acquired right. (4) God draweth near to men by pouring out His temporal benefits upon them, health, wealth, honour, and sending them deliverance out of their trouble (Deuteronomy 4:7; Philippians 4:5; Psalm 69:18; Psalm 119:151; Psalm 34:18; Psalm 46:1). His comfort comes from no such proud and false source, but from resting his evil heart on the pardoning and cleansing love of his Redeemer. When Jesus rebuked demons they fled and did not resist. Mouton. The believer's humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. 2. Surely not. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. Trapp.Mourn savourly and soakingly, with a deep and downright sorrow, so as a man would do in the death of his dearest friend. I went one day into his office. Thomson, D. D.)Humility in God's sightJ. Audrey James on May 22, 2010 at 2:30 pm Thanks for your commentary on James 4:8 it was a big help to me, in my preperation of my sermon on the topic of the purity of the heart!God bless you Grant Duncan on June 27, 2011 at 8:12 am To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. Hislop.I. 1 have often thought of that picture, and said to myself, that in some such way God's all-seeing eye follows me all my life through. Prayer is speaking to God. If, on the contrary, we "stand up against" Satan, "he will flee" from us. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. It will not do to present to God the outward prostration for the inward repentance, the words of humility for the self-renunciation of the heart. )Communion with GodAlex. That we are commanded to draw near unto God, doth it not insinuate unto us that naturally we are estranged and alienated from Him? (Ver. Do not suppose that you have any refuge in the paucity of your misdeeds. )Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord and He shall lift you up.Lividly as in God's sightH. Exaltation in Satan's kingdom must be debasement, for it is exaltation in sin, and sin depresses and debases. God may be said to draw near to man divers ways. 1 have often thought of that picture, and said to myself, that in some such way God's all-seeing eye follows me all my life through. THE ENCOURAGEMENT given to perform this duty. If you've committed sin, confess it, get rid of it, and put it under the blood of Jesus (in other words, keep a short sin account). (2) He draweth near also unto man by the revelation of His will. When we exhort you to be humble, we do not exhort you to think yourselves worse or meaner than you really are. (5) Men are said, moreover, to draw near to God when they seek to His holy ark, when they run to His Word to ask counsel. Hislop. That is the measure of your sinfulness; and if your humility should be in proportion to your sinfulness, what limit can be set to it? (2) Men also draw near to God by faith in Jesus Christ, whereby they have entrance unto Him (Romans 5:1). It seemed to look at me when I went in. By wavering or double-minded he noteth the shameful hypocrisy which was crept in, even into their lives, which made some show of religion, And had a pretence of godliness, but in their hearts were full of ungodliness.3. The way to abate one passion is to admit the contrary: in abundance there is danger; therefore in your jollity think of some mournful objects.(T. Hislop.I. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. We cannot see God without praying to Him as the source of pardon and holiness, the only guardian and guide of the soul.(H. CONSIDERATIONS ON THE PERFECTIONS OF GOD AND HIS RELATIONS TO US, AS MOTIVES AND INDUCEMENTS FOR DRAWING NIGH TO HIM.1. But when the man is to be exalted by the Divine grace and the Divine Spirit, that is a true humility which foresees this exaltation, and acts in view of it. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. The way to abate one passion is to admit the contrary: in abundance there is danger; therefore in your jollity think of some mournful objects. or the same field, both blessed with the faculty of speech, and delighting to converse with all others, but never conversing with each other, what would be your conclusion? 10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He will lift you up. The certainty of the result.4. 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