Text: “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked; but he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about.”
Good morning, mercy-compassed Christian! Each morning you and I awake, we are conscious of being surrounded by God’s gracious mercies. Every day we venture out the door of our homes, we are enveloped in the grace of the Lord. What a great and merciful Lord God Almighty we love and serve! Give thanks unto the Lord! Amen.
“It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is Thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in Him.” (Lamentations 3:22-24)
Wasps, in my lay-man’s experience, are a very different type of insect to bees. Where I live, here in Northern Ireland, UK, bees seem to be quite friendly, often sleepy creatures; but wasps, those stingers in yellow-striped combat suits, can be a dangerous nuisance to be avoided like the plague!
Wasps don’t seem to have much to offer humankind but pain and anxiety - as we seek to avoid them, seek not to disturb their nests; and hurt when our skin is pierced wickedly by their poisonous sting.
Bees, on the other hand are not only industrious pollinators in our gardens, but produce wonderfully sweet honey which can be collected and used by us as a sweet delight.
Moving into the Spiritual realm, ’…the wicked…’ in our Bible text for today are promised ’…many sorrows…’; they are, metaphorically, surrounded by a swarm of vicious wasps, which cause them to hurt others, and experience hurt personally and continually.
Verse 10. “Many sorrows shall be to the wicked. He who sows sins will reap sorrow in heavy sheaves. Sorrows of conscience, of disappointment, of terror, are the sinner’s sure heritage in time, and then forever sorrows of remorse and despair.
“But he that trusteth in the Lord, mercy shall compass him about. The wicked have a hive of wasps around them, many sorrows; but we have a swarm of bees storing honey for us.” (C.H. Spurgeon, Treasury of David, page 160)
What do you have, dear Reader, a hive of sinful wasps, or a swarm of Spiritual bees? Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, and you shall have the latter prize.
Without Christ as Saviour and Lord, one is immersed in the wasp’s den; surrounded by sorrows, living in darkness; suffering the sting of death in this life, and looking forward to nothing but a Hell of sin throughout the Eternity hereafter. How tragically true.
With Christ Jesus as one’s Saviour and Lord, we are surrounded by His Spiritual bees!:
“Ye must BE born again“: Jesus taught the way, His way, to make certain that we are surrounded by His bees of constant mercy. The new birth is His miracle of Spiritual regeneration; ’quickening’ our dead spirits by the power of His Holy Ghost. Suddenly, we are delivered from the hive of wasps, and surrounded by the bees of His blessing.
“And you hath He quickened (made Spiritually alive), who were dead in trespasses and sins…Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened (made Spiritually alive) us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit in Heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” (Ephesians 2:1;5-6)
“…BE not dismayed…”: We are no longer tortured by fear, no longer walking alone; no longer dismayed, or distressed, by the world and circumstances around us. For the Lord promises strength, and help, and Divine upholding, “…by the right hand of My righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10)
Genuine regenerate Christians are continually blessed, even during times of Spiritual and temporal attack; illnesses; or daily failings. We have God’s Word on this fact.
“…The goodness of God endureth continually.” (Psalm 52:1)
“He (the Christian) shall be surrounded with mercy as one is surrounded by the air or by the sunlight. He shall find mercy and favour everywhere - at home, abroad; by day, by night; in society, in solitude; in sickness, in health; in life, in death; in time, in Eternity. He shall walk amid mercies; he shall die amidst mercies; he shall live in a better world in the midst of Eternal mercies.” (Albert Barnes 1798-1870)
“…BE ye filled with the Spirit“: For continual growth in grace and consistency in our Christian witness and service, we must BE filled with God the Spirit. By constantly studying God’s Word, we are assured of the necessary faith to more ably serve the Christ Who has redeemed us with His own sinless Blood. (Ephesians 5:18)
When we, as Christians, seek to examine God’s Spirit-inspired Word, we are blessed with faith anew every morning, and compassed about, before and behind, with God’s richest and most compassionate mercies. Our wasps are weak, and our bees are strong.
Thought: What do you and I seek to surround ourselves with daily? Wasps of the world, or swarms of Heaven-sent bees; the sting of sin, or the joys of Heaven?