Good morning, reasoning Christian! The Lord God, through the inspired writing of His prophet, Isaiah, has graciously invited you and I to ’Come now, let us reason together…’, and by faith, we have sought to take the Lord God at His own inspired Word. Thus, we are enabled of Him, by His Spirit, and in the Name of His Son Jesus Christ, empowered and invited to ’reason together’ in prayer with our Creator Lord. Wow! What an absolute Divine privilege God has given us! Hallelujah!
This man-to-God ’reasoning’ is what David is seeking to do in our selected verse from Psalm 30: “What profit is there in my blood, when I go down to the pit? Shall the dust praise Thee? Shall it declare Thy truth?” The Lord graciously invites us to reason with Him in this reverent and sincere manner of close communion in prayer.
Old brother Job - in all his deep and terrible testing, heartache, and grief - sought a ’daysman’ ( a person who appoints a day to hear a cause; an umpire, or a mediator) that would act as a go-between with him and the Lord God, and explain to him, or help him to understand why such terrible things had befallen him and his entire family circle. Job manifested a profound need to be enabled to ’reason together…’ with the Lord God Almighty.
“For He is not a man, as I am, that I should answer Him, and we should come together in judgement. Neither is there any daysman betwixt us, that might lay his hand upon us both. Let Him take His rod away from me, and let not His fear terrify me: then would I speak, and not fear Him; but it is not so with me.” (Job 9:32-35)
Job’s heartfelt plea is fully answered in this dispensation, for at the appointed time, the Lord Jesus Christ came into this world; was born of a virgin; lived a sinless life; was in fact, God manifested in flesh, or incarnated in a human body; went to the Cross for ‘His people’; suffered to pay the full penalty for our sins; died the infinite death you and I deserved to die; was buried in a tomb; and on the third day, arose again from the dead to justify all those whom the Father had elected in Eternity to save. Hallelujah!
We now have that ‘daysman’; that Holy Umpire; that One Mediator between God the Father and sinful mankind - Jesus Christ, the Son of the Living Lord God! Glory to His Holy and Victorious Name!
“For there is ONE God, and One Mediator between God and man, the man Christ Jesus; Who gave Himself a ransom for all (elect from every nation), to be testified in due time.” (1 Timothy 2:5-6) Hallelujah!
We now have a Divine Daysman, in Christ Jesus! Glory to His Holy and Heavenly Name. Amen. We can now ‘Come, and reason together’ with our Heavenly Father, through our Mediator Lord and High Priest, His dear Son, Jesus Christ.
“For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.” (Hebrews 4:15-16)
Verse 9. “What profit is there in my blood? So then, poor saints of God when they come and tell the Lord in prayers that indeed He may condemn or confound or cut or cast them off; He may continue to frown upon them; He may deny such and such requests of theirs, for such and such just causes in them; but what will He gain thereby?
“He may gain many praises, etc., by hearing them and helping them; but what good will it do Him to see them oppressed by the enemies of their souls? Or what delight would it be to Him to see them sighing and sinking and fainting under sad pressures, etc? This is an allowed and very successful kind of pleading (reasoning).” (Thomas Cobbet 1608-1686)
Verse 9. “…Shall the dust praise Thee? Can any number be sufficient to praise Thee? Can there ever be mouths enough to declare Thy truth? And may not I make one - a sinful one I know - but yet one in number, if Thou be pleased to spare me from descending into the pit?” (Sir Richard Baker 1568-1645)
All the old Puritans knew this concept well, the concept of reverent ‘reasoning together’ with the Lord God Whom they loved and sought to serve diligently. It is this power of permitted ‘reasoning’ with Divinity, that enabled such prayerful men and women to take a stand against the powerful Stuart kings and their notion of Absolute Monarchy, the Divine Right of kings to rule a nation as seemed good in their own eyes; practiced in England in the seventeenth century. ‘The Lord is our Salvation’ was on their battle standards, but it was on their knees in reasoning, pleading, prayer that the Puritans won their victories!
“Prayer that is likely to prevail with God must be argumentative. God loves to have us plead with Him and overcome Him with arguments in prayer.” (Thomas Watson 1620-1686)
Thought: “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord:” (Isaiah 1:18) A church without prayer, is a church without power to serve the Lord God.