R.C. Chapmans S.O.S. 2.4-5

By R.C. Chapman


Let him lead me to the banquet hall, and let his banner over me be love.   Strengthen me with raisins, refresh me with apples, for I am faint with love.” (Song of Solomon 2:4-5)

Have you been left, O my soul, to your own will, and the way of your own wisdom, could you ever have known Jesus or desired to know Him? It was the Spirit of God who led you, opening your eyes, convincing your conscience, drawing you to Christ, whose grace He showed you and caused you to believe.

Lord Jesus, Your grace is true grace.  In You, my soul makes her boast; and while You gird Yourself, and make me sit down in Your house of wine, a sweet sadness steals over my spirit.  I was at one time in darkness, one time an alien and enemy, before Your love was set on me and my name was in Your book.

These solemn memories do not mar my joys; they are needed so long as I live in this earthly house, to give me richer communion with Your love!

O Crowned King, Jesus of Nazereth, the mighty and glorious One, who made Yourself of no reputation, You rule me with Your Almighty love.  For if Your sceptor was not a sceptor of grace You could indeed, by a word destroy me; but You could not win my heart.

Now You show me Your wounds, and say: “Peace to you.” You hold me with the cords of Your love.  Lord, You open to me the gates of glory, bringing me into Your banqueting house, to sustain and cheer me on my way; and the wine of Your house fills me with longing for those things which are above.

My soul surveys Your glory, O King of Zion, Beloved One, and altogether lovely! I sit down with You on Your throne, sin, death, the law, hell, and the world under my feet.  Your fullness satisfies me.  In You I see the Father’s heart; He is Your God and my God; Your Father and my Father.  Thanks be to God for His unspeakable gift.

Lord, You sit down with me at Your own table, delighting Yourself in my soul’s afffections to You and admirtion of You, and my song and triumph of faith.  Your love to me is my soul’s strength and joy; it engages You to take up spear and shield against my enemies, draw me to my hiding place, and lead me to the Rock that is higher than I.  In the light of Your love I see my foes, hate their baits, and avoid their snares.

To idols I say,”Depart, my soul is the temple of my Lord.”

Lord Jesus, You have said, “Behold I come quickly (Revelation 3:11; 22:7, 12, 20).  O keep Your word! Even so, come, Lord Jesus, come quickly, and let my soul, with Your gathered saints, without enemies to frustrate us, rest in Your presence, and be filled with Your glory, and feast forever in Your love.



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R.C. Chapman’s S.O.S. 2:3

By R.C. Chapman

“I sat down under His Shadow with great delight and His fruit was sweet to my taste.” Song of Solomon 2:3

Mercies are inscribed on the lowly heart!  The sweet memories of former joys, the joys of communion with Jesus, and profitable also, if these remembrances cause thankfulness and praise; if it confirms faith and hope; revitalizes desire, and makes sin more hateful.

Lord Jesus, when all strength is gone, and when through many temptations, hands hang down, knees been made feeble, it is Your desire in the fierce heat of battle to make me sit down beneath Your shadow!

By faith I rest in You; at the voice of Your rebuke my enemies take flight.  Then there is holy stillness within me.  I set myself to meditate on You, my Lord and Savior, on You, my own Emanuel! I see Your glory, and think deeply about Your eternal Godhead.  As I look abroad, all things speak of Your power, and talk of Your praise; I see, and hear You, and trace Your footsteps everywhere.

I know You are the Word that endures forever, that was with God and was God, the Son who came from the heart of the Father.  For me You came forth, and You have persuaded me of Your everlasting love; of the counsel of peace and the covenant that stands fast with You forever and forever.

I see You, You, the Lamb of God, my Great High Priest, who is highly exalted. You have an unchangeable priesthood, given by the oath and promise of God the Father, that I might have an anchor of the soul that is both sure and steadfast, which enters within the veil.  I have You, my Rock to build on; to build so securely that storms and gales will only prove the building.  I drink of Your love with great desire, which grows with each new gale, and aims to comprehend the greatest amount of Your glory and Your grace.

How beautiful is Your fruit; how sweet and refreshing; and Your shadow, how pleasant, the shadow of the Tree of Life.  Ah, my Lord, for what reason do I grieve the comforter, by whom You satiate my soul?  Sad to say! In me (that is, in my flesh) there lives no good thing.  By grace, by grace, I am saved.  But, Oh You, the Beloved of my soul, hold me up, and teach me to sit at Your feet, and in the midst of the richest refreshing of Your smile to grow in poverty of spirit and self-reproach!

Let me live and stay at the blood of sprinkling, to which I have come; and while being nothing myself in my own eyes, in You I will boast and magnify my Lord and God and Savior evermore.


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Christian Love 23: Loving is not a Grievous Burden

by Hugh Binning

When a Christian looks within his own heart, he finds an inclination and desire to have the love of others, even though his conscience witness to him he doesn’t deserve it.  He finds and heartily approves of that good and righteous command of God, that others should love him.  Now he may persuade himself, it is so sweet and pleasant to me to be loved by others even though I am conscious that I’ve wronged them? It has such a beauty in my eyes, while I am the object of it? Why then should it be a hard and grievous burden to me to love others, though they have wronged me, and deserve it no more than I did?

Why doesn’t it have the same amiable aspect, when my brother is the object of it?  Certainly there’s no other reason but, I am yet carnal, and do not have that fundamental law of nature yet written again upon my heart, “What you would have others do to you, do it to them,” —Matthew 7:12.  If I am convinced there is an equity and beauty in that command, which charges others to love me, forgive me, and forbear me, and restore me in meekness, why should it be a grievous command that I should pay that debt of love and tenderness to others?  1st John 5:3—”For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments, and his commandments are not grievous.”



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R.C. Chapman S.O.S. 2:1 pt.2 of 2

By R.C. Chapman


“I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys.” —Song of Solomon 2:1


He to whom all worship was due from angels and men became a worshipper and servant of the Father.

Lord Jesus!  Thou art the Rose of Sharon! Thou art the Lily of the Valleys! For our sakes Thou becamest poor.  Thy poverty was as deep as the glory of Thy Godhead is high.  This earth, under a curse, was Thy choice, where, in Thy low estate, Thou wouldest take root and grow up to scent all heaven and earth with the sweetness of Thy name! Angels were passed by, and Thou becamest the Son of Man, a partaker of flesh and blood, like unto Thy brethren!

Thou Son of God!  Thou hast known hunger, weariness (Thy body fainting, not Thy heart).  Thou didst bear the drought of day, the dews of night! At Thy birth Thy cradle was with the beast.  (O, unkind world! But O kind and gracious Savior!)  Persecuted was Thou, betrayed, denied, reviled, blasphemed, spit upon, mocked, scourged, buffeted, crucified and slain!

O, my Lord! My soul pants with longing for Thee!  Teach me Thy ways.  Let Thy blood purge my conscience of guilt, my understanding of darkness, my affections of idols!  Give me to search the mystery of Thy wounds, Thy sweat of blood, Thy crown of thorns! Mournful and outward show, deeper things were in Thy soul.  That cry of Thine, “My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?” (Matthew 27:46; Mark 15:34) That cry, Thou Lamb of God, tells Thine agony, and declares Thee bearer of Thy Church’s sin and curse!

Thou was cast out of earth and of heaven.  It pleased Thy Father Jehovah Thy God, who delighted in Thee, to bruise Thee and put Thee to grief: “He spared not His own Son!” (Romans 8:32).  The ever-during fragrance of Thine atoning sacrifice give Thee prevalence above: Thou the Rose of Sharon, the Lily of the Valleys, art the heaven of heaven!

Men of this world walk in condemnation; I stand rejoicing before God in Thee, my robe of righteousness! O my Lord! I have learned before Thy cross that the joys of earth are cankered!  Thorns and thistles, sorrow and shame, this evil world brings forth!

Content, yea, glad am I, my Lord, with Thee to be a worm and no man, with Thee, Thou Rose of Sharon, Thou Lily of the Valleys! Yea, my whole heart cries out, “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world”. (Galatians 6:14)




Life of Faith 13: Finding Joy in Justification

By Richard Sibbes


One may ask:

“But what is the reason that many who are justified yet do not find daily comfort?”

Perhaps they smear up themselves, and do not search the bottom of their corruption: as Psalm 32:8, David, when he kept close his sin, his bones waxed old through his roaring all the day long, and God’s hand was heavy upon him day and night.  Then he shows how he found comfort: “I acknowledged my sin to you, and my iniquity I have not hid.  I said I will confess my transgressions to you; and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”  So it may be in this case.  We come not off with God freely, we do not ransack our sins, we do not search all the corners.  Sin is a marvelously subtle thing.  Again, because of this many times God will humble us for a former sin, and keep the oil of comfort, until we are more humbled, and stand in awe of sin.

Hence springs a vigorous life.  A life of cheerfulness, when a man has his pardon found out, then comes life and joy, strength of holy actions well rooted and grounded.  Who should joy, if a triumphant righteous person should not? Who have cause to rejoice more than kings?

By justification we are made kings and priests, are lifted above all sins and lusts, world and devil; have a right and title to heaven.  Shall a carnal man joy in his titles and privileges, and shall not we much more, being sons of God by adoption, and heirs of all things? So Romans 5:1—”Being justified by faith , we have peace with God, and joy in tribulation.” Being once justified, the sting of all troubles is taken away.  God is ours.  This is all in all.  The blood of Abel, that cries for vengeance; but the Spirit of God in this state tells me, that the blood of Christ speaks better things, mercy, mercy; in his blood is always comfort, though we be weak and unskillful to apply it.  The washing in this blood should make a Christian walk on cheerfully in the comforts of the Holy Spirit.




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Christian Love 22: No Place for Comparisons

By Hugh Binning


Now the fountain of uncharitable and harsh dealing is seen in the 3rd verse,”If any man thinks himself to be something when he is nothing, he deceives himself.”  Since all mortal men are nothing, vanity, altogether vanity, he that would seem something, and seems so to himself, deludes himself.

Hence is our insulting fierceness, hence our haughty rigor.  Every man apprehends some excellency in himself beyond another.  Take away pride, and charity shall enter, and modesty shall be its companion.  But now we mock ourselves, and deceive ourselves, by building the weight of our pretended zeal upon such a vain and rotten foundation, as a gross practical fundamental lie of self conceit of nothing.

Now the Apostle furnishes us with an excellent remedy against this in the 4th verse, “Let a man prove himself and his own work, and then he shall have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another.”  — a word worthy to be fastened by the Master of assemblies in the heart of all Christians!  And indeed this nail driven in would drive out all conceit.  Hence is our ruin, that we compare ourselves among ourselves, and in so doing we are not wise, 2nd Corinthians 10:12.  For we know not our own true value.  Only we raise the price according to the market, so to speak.  We measure ourselves by another man’s measure, and build up our own valuing of ourselves  upon the disesteem of others, and how much we please ourselves.

But, says the Apostle, let every man prove his own worth, search his own conscience, compare himself to the perfect rule; and then, if he find all well, he may indeed glory in himself.  But that which you have by comparison with others is not your own.  You must come down from all such advantages of ground, if you would have your just measure.  And indeed, if you prove yourself, and your work after this manner, you will be the first to reprove yourself, you shall have that glory due unto thee, that is none at all.  For every man shall bear his own burden, when he appears before the judgment seat of God.  There is no place for such imaginations and comparison’s in the Lord’s judgment.





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R.C. Chapman S.O.S. 2:1 pt.1

By R.C. Chapman


“I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys.” —Song of Solomon 2:1


O say, my Lord, for Thou reavealest secret things, the rose and lily, what their voice concerning Thee? Surely they join their scent and beauty to be a memorial of the Lamb of God.  O Thou Redeemer of Israel! Upon Thy work of love Thy heart was set in the beginning, from everlasting!

When Thou didst plant the heavens, and lay the foundations of the earth, Thou didst show forth Thy power to create.  In Thy manifold wisdom also Thou didst fashion them to shadow forth Thy grace.  And now these flowers of the earth, the rose and the lily, are heard to speak Thy name, and show forth Thy salvation.

Surely the rose tells me of Thy Cross, whereon Thou was made a curse, and wast stained in Thine own blood.  O Thou Lamb of God! Give me now to stand and look upon Thee whom I pierced; yes, ,my soul, the Lamb whom thou didst pierce! Not for Himself was Messiah cut off.  He was spotless, or He were not the Lamb of God.

Elect angels are holy and undefiled, yet in their holiness bounded by the creature’s narrow measure, and in itself liable to change.  When their companions fell they were sustained and preserved, God in them providing His Church a goodly train and needful safeguard.

But who or what is Jesus? Mark Him!  He travels in the greatness of His strength, no servant by nature, but the only begotten Son! Immanuel, the Lord Jehovah our Righteousness!  And the Word that endureth forever (1 Peter 1:25); that was with God and was God. (John 1:1) All the acts of the Son of Man have the glory, the unsearchable glory, of His Eternal Power and Godhead in them.  Our Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever. (Hebrews 13:8)

If creatures serve and worship God, they do but take their true place, whereas the Son thought it not robbery to be equal with God.  Yet He, The Son of God, took on Him the form of a servant!


Christian Love 21: Knowing Our Common Weakness

by Hugh Binning

As a man may persuade himself to Christian love by the examination of his own heart and ways, so he may enforce upon his spirit a meek and compassionate stamp, by the consideration of his own frailty, what he may fall into.

This is the Apostle’s rule, Galatians 6:1—”Brothers, even if a man is caught in some fault, you who are spiritual” and pretend to it  “restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness;”  Do not please yourselves with a false notion of zeal, thinking to cover your impertinent rigidity by it.  Do as you would do if your own arm were disjointed.  Set it in, restore it tenderly and meekly, considering yourselves that you also may be tempted.  Some are more given to reproaching and insulting than mindful or restoring.  Therefore their reproofs are not tempered with oil that they may not break the head, but mixed with gall and vinegar to set on edge of teeth.

But whenever you look upon the infirmities of others, then consider yourself first, before you pronounce sentence on them, and you shall be constrained to bestow that charity  to others which you are in need of yourself.   Veniam petimusque damusque vivissim.  If a man have need of charity from his brother, let him not be so hard in giving it.  If he know his own weakness and frailty, surely he may suppose such a thing may likely fall out that he may be tempted and succumb in it.  For there needs nothing for the bringing forth of sin in any but occasion and temptation, as the bringing of fire near gunpowder.  And truly he who had no allowance of love to give to an infirm and weak brother, he will be in mala fide, in an evil capacity, to seek what he would not give.



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Life of Faith 11: The Justified Highly Value the Justifier

By Richard Sibbes

Now let us see how it may be known that I live the life of faith in justification.

By trying how it comes in the soul: as Romans 7:4, says the apostle, Therefore, my brothers, you also were made dead to the law through the body of Christ, that you would be joined to another, to him who was raised from the dead, that we might produce fruit to God.”  After a man is dead by the law, and apprehends himself slain, then he comes to live this life of faith.  Christ enlivens none but the dead…Such only are quickened by him who find themselves dead in the law.  Then they come to see that life and comfort are out of themselves and in another.  Justification springs from a holy despair, and receiving life, after we have seen ourselves dead.

Where this life of faith is, there is a wonderful high valuing and prizing of Christ, his righteousness, merits, obedience, and wisdom of God in that way of forgiveness of our sins by this God-man, the wonderful mediator; as in Philippians 3:8, Paul counts all things “but loss and dung for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus our Lord,” being contented to suffer the loss of all things to win Christ.  It is the precious pearl to sell all for.  Paul accounts all our own righteousness as nothing in regard to this.

There must be a high estimation of the riches of Christ’s obedience and sufferings: for where there is not this high estimation of it, they are rotten in the point of justification.  But you see how Paul sets at being bad and vilifies all things in regard thereof; so Roman 4:16, “Abraham is brought in to be justified by grace, to the end that the promise might be sure to all the seed. ” And Psalm 32:2, He is pronounced to be the blessed man, “unto whom the Lord imputes not iniquity, and whose sin is covered.”




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