By; John N Darby

Psalms 90-100 are connected together, and seem to me to describe the dealings of the Lord with the Jews, etc., in the latter day, on the earth. But I am not going to speak of that now. We may often derive comfort from principles which we find in such portions of the scripture, revealing to us, as they do, God’s character, etc.; but it is important to know the mind of the Spirit in the primary sense, as we shall then be able to discern what God is teaching us through them with a great deal more clearness and certainty.

The two principles which form the basis of what is dwelt on here are, that the workers of iniquity are allowed to lift up their heads and flourish, but that Jehovah is, and will be, Most High for evermore. There is the clear perception of this throughout. Under the temporary exaltation and prevalence of wickedness, the godly are in a very tried state, the righteous suffer; but vengeance belongs to God (not to the sufferer) therefore the cry in verses 1, 2.

To such a height are the workers of iniquity allowed to go, that, in the consciousness that Jehovah’s throne could not be cast down, the question comes in, “shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with thee, which frameth mischief by a law?” (v. 20). So completely has wickedness got place in the earth, that there is a sort of inquiry raised, whether the throne of iniquity could subsist in companionship of judgment with the divine throne. The answer is, judgment is coming – “Jehovah our God shall cut them off,” v. 23. Judgment shall return to righteousness in the place of trial and suffering.

The point on which I would dwell a little at present is the consolation of the saints during this time of trial – God’s “comforts.” In the first place we have the assurance, “Jehovah knoweth the thoughts of men, that they are vanity,” v. 11. Then “Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Jehovah,” etc. (v. 12, 13).

As to the pride and purpose of man, it is settled in a word. The “thoughts of man” are not only inferior to God’s wisdom but they are “vanity.” This settles the whole question. All that begins and ends in the heart of man is “vanity,” and nothing else. Whatever the state of things around, though there may be a “multitude of thoughts within,” as ‘what will all this come to?’ ‘how will that end?’ and the like – every barrier we can raise, all our strength, all our weakness, whatever the wave after wave that may flow over us – Jehovah’s thought about it all is, that it is “vanity.” All is working together to one object – God’s plan, that upon which His heart is set – the glorification of Jesus, and ours, with Him. Every thought and every plan of man must therefore be “vanity,” because it has not this, God’s object, for its object; and God’s object always comes to pass. There cannot be two ends to what is going on. Let men break their hearts about it, all simply comes to nothing, the end of it is “vanity.” God’s object is, that “all men should honour the Son, even as they honour the Father.”

God’s Comfort…