Ps. 22:30, 31

Robert Hawker

"A seed shall serve him; it shall be accounted to the Lord for a generation. They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness unto a people that shall be born, that he hath done this."–Ps. xxii. 30, 31.

It is precious, yea, truly blessed also, to discover the happy correspondence subsisting between the several parts of scripture, in their testimony concerning the features of God's people. Jehovah, in his threefold character of person, is always found as engaged in it; and each One in the holy and undivided Three gives assurance to it. "I will pour my Spirit, (saith God the Father speaking to the person of his dear Son, as the Israel of his people) upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring," Isa. xliv. 3. "A seed, (saith Christ, or, as it might be rendered, and indeed is rendered in the version of the psalms read in the churches, my seed) shall serve him." This is the very seed which the Lord hath blessed, and which all that see shall acknowledge; Isa. lxi. 9. "the people which Jehovah formed for himself," which he gave unto his Son, and "which shall shew forth his praise," Isa. xliii. 21. And as both the Father and the Son have thus marked them with these striking particularities, so the Holy Ghost as plainly sets his seal to the great truth, and confirms who they are, by making them" willing in the day of his power." Now, my soul! behold, in this most blessed scripture, how decidedly the characters of the seed of Christ are marked, and trace thine own features in them. The seed of Christ, his offspring, his people, his redeemed, more or less delight in the Lord; they serve the Lord; and they are numbered, accounted to the Lord as his people, his generation. And they are as truly his by the new generation in grace, as they are by the old generation in nature, the seed of Adam after the flesh. So they are accounted, accepted, and received, in God's sight. Mark also another blessed property by which they are known: "They shall come, and shall declare his righteousness." Yes! for the language of every one of them is, "I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine own," Ps. lxxi. 16. Yea, the name by which they call their Holy One their Redeemer is, "The LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS!" Neither is this all: for they shall not only renounce every thing in themselves, as in any way a procuring cause to this blessedness; but, both in original design, and in actual possession, they shall refer all unto the unsearchable goodness, and mercy, and grace of God. The work, and glory, and praise, are all the Lord's, and all the declarations of it shall be to this amount: that the Lord "hath done it!" What sayest thou, my soul, to this precious and blessed testimony of Jehovah? Surely, thou canst, and wilt set to thy seal, "that God is true!"