I SAW IN THE VISIONS OF MY HEAD UPON MY BED
Dan. 4:13

Robert Hawker
(1753-1827)


"I saw in the visions of my head upon my bed, and behold, a Watcher, and an Holy One came down from heaven."–Dan. iv. 13.

See my soul, that which terrified the impious monarch in his visions of the night, ought to be to thee a subject of holy joy! When Jesus proclaims " the day of vengeance which is in his heart;" he adds also, "the year of my redeemed is come!" A day is enough for destruction; a year, yea, an everlasting year, will not be too long to make his people happy. But what a striking character is this of "a Watcher, and an Holy One!" To whom but to Jesus can it possibly refer? Jesus, at the call of God his Father, stood up from everlasting, to watch over his church, to water it every moment; yea, to keep it night and day least any hurt it. And who shall describe in how many ways the Lord Jesus is for ever performing this blessed office, and hath been, and will be to all eternity? Is he not for ever in the midst of them, to do all that is needful for them: to protect, to comfort, to lead out, to bring home, until he brings in and houseth them in his temple for ever? Yea, he saith himself, "I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will plant them in this land, assuredly with my whole heart, and with my whole soul," Jer. xxvii. 41. But Oh! ye despisers of my God! tremble at the approach of this almighty Watcher, this Holy One coming down from heaven! For he comes, armed with zeal and with wrath, "To take vengeance on them that know not God, and obey not the gospel of Christ." Oh! kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. "Blessed are they that put their trust in him!"

From the POOR MAN'S MORNING AND EVENING PORTIONS.


Robert Hawker



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