Judges 5* Praise and glory ascribed to God. (1-5) The distress anddeliverance of Israel. (6-11) Some commended, others censured.(12-23) Sisera's mother disappointed. (24-31) #1-5. No time should be lost in returning thanks to the Lord forhis mercies; for our praises are most acceptable, pleasant, andprofitable, when they flow from a full heart. By this, love andgratitude would be more excited and more deeply fixed in thehearts of believers; the events would be more known and longerremembered. Whatever Deborah, Barak, or the army had done, theLord must have all the praise. The will, the power, and thesuccess were all from Him.#6-11. Deborah describes the distressed state of Israel underthe tyranny of Jabin, that their salvation might appear moregracious. She shows what brought this misery upon them. It wastheir idolatry. They chose new gods, with new names. But underall these images, Satan was worshipped. Deborah was a mother toIsrael, by diligently promoting the salvation of their souls.She calls on those who shared the advantages of this greatsalvation, to offer up thanks to God for it. Let such as arerestored, not only to their liberty as other Israelites, but totheir rank, speak God's praises. This is the Lord's doing. Inthese acts of his, justice was executed on his enemies. In timesof persecution, God's ordinances, the walls of salvation, whencethe waters of life are drawn, are resorted to at the hazard ofthe lives of those who attend them. At all times Satan willendeavour to hinder the believer from drawing near to the throneof grace. Notice God's kindness to his trembling people. It isthe glory of God to protect those who are most exposed, and tohelp the weakest. Let us notice the benefit we have from thepublic peace, the inhabitants of villages especially, and giveGod the praise.12-23 Deborah called on her own soul to be in earnest. He thatwill set the hearts of other men on fire with the love ofChrist, must himself burn with love. Praising God is a work weshould awake to, and awake ourselves unto. She notices whofought against Israel, who fought for them, and who kept away.Who fought against them. They were obstinate enemies to God'speople, therefore the more dangerous. Who fought for them. Theseveral tribes that helped are here spoken of with honour; forthough God is above all to be glorified, those who are employedmust have their due praise, to encourage others. But the wholecreation is at war with those to whom God is an enemy. The riverof Kishon fought against their enemies. At most times it wasshallow, yet now, probably by the great rain that fell, it wasso swelled, and the stream so deep and strong, that those whoattempted to pass, were drowned. Deborah's own soul foughtagainst them. When the soul is employed in holy exercises, andheart-work is made of them, through the grace of God, thestrength of our spiritual enemies will be trodden down, and willfall before us. She observes who kept away, and did not sidewith Israel, as might have been expected. Thus many are keptfrom doing their duty by the fear of trouble, the love of ease,and undue affection to their worldly business and advantage.Narrow, selfish spirits care not what becomes of God's church,so that they can but get, keep, and save money. All seek theirown, #Php 2:21|. A little will serve those for a pretence tostay at home, who have no mind to engage in needful services,because there is difficulty and danger in them. But we cannotkeep away from the contest between the Lord and his enemies; andif we do not actively endeavour to promote his cause in thiswicked world, we shall fall under the curse against the workersof iniquity. Though He needs no human help, yet he is pleased toaccept the services of those who improve their talents toadvance his cause. He requires every man to do so. 24-31 Jael had a special blessing. Those whose lot is cast inthe tent, in a low and narrow sphere, if they serve Godaccording to the powers he has given them, shall not lose theirreward. The mother of Sisera looked for his return, not in theleast fearing his success. Let us take heed of indulging eagerdesires towards any temporal good, particularly toward thatwhich cherishes vain-glory, for that was what she here doted on.What a picture does she present of an ungodly and sensual heart!How shameful and childish these wishes of an aged mother and herattendants for her son! And thus does God often bring ruin onhis enemies when they are most puffed up. Deborah concludes witha prayer to God for the destruction of all his foes, and for thecomfort of all his friends. Such shall be the honour, and joy ofall who love God in sincerity, they shall shine for ever as thesun in the firmament.
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