God show us light. As at Creation the Spirit of God first work was the giving of the light, so is in the new creation of the soul “‘Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light.” (Eph.5:14)
Light as to its real condition reveals to us our lost condition, we are helpless, guilty and condemned before God “And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry; Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but I obtained mercy, because I did it ignorantly in unbelief.(I.Tim.1:12,14)
Light reveals the Lord Jesus Christ as the Saviour of our soul. “Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.” (Acts 16:30,31)
Light reveals Christ as our Keeper and upholder “Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” (II.Tim,4:17)
We are to present our body as a living sacrifice unto the Lord according to (Rom.12:1,2)
Christ is not our sacrifice, unless we are his. If his is for us, ours is unto him. We must fall rock.
The instinctive utterance of the soul is and should be “What shall I render unto the LORD for all his benefits toward me?” (Ps.116:12)
We must delicate our entire nature, our mind, our affection, our will and our whole life, at home, in business, in society and to the service of the Lord. “And thou shalt love the LORD thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.” (Deut.6:5)
Our sacrifice that we bring must be bound with cords to the altar.
Do we not find how our hearts would go off to the world (I.Jh.2:15) The down-drag of the world, the flesh and the devil are terrible indeed.
How our minds wonder! How difficult it is to fix our attention on the Lord “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (Ja.4:7
Satan is ever busy with suggestion and temptations to make us take back our sacrifice. Satan tempted Jesus three ways in (Mt.4)
Keep in mind there are cords that are very strong, with which we may bind the sacrifice to the altar.
The cord of love. As it was with our Lord, to whom this whole psalm is pointing to, there were cords which bound him, the same will bind us.
Love was his motive, and must be ours ” For God so loved the world,” (Jh.3:16)
Not fear, not our conscience, not mere sense of duty, but love “The love of Christ constraineth me,” (II.Cor.5:14) said the great apostle Paul. The love for Christ is one chief cord.
Secondly, faith. Not mere creed, but trust. Yes this was one of Christ’s cords.
His enemies mocked him on the cross, “He trusted in God, that he would deliver him!” (Mt.27:43)
We must trust in Christ. We must believe that his will is right, “not my will, but thine will be done.”
We must believe the path we now walk is the path he has ordained for us and it is right.
We have learned in our Christian course of action we walk by faith, not by sight.
If we let go of trust, we certainly take back the sacrifice we have brought. “Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life.” (Jh.6:68)
Our trust in Christ keeps our sacrifice on the altar of consecration “I die daily” (I.Cor.15 31)
Thirdly, Obedience. This was the habit of our Lord’s life “wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business?” (Lk.2:49) We must be about our Father’s business as well.
Let us form the habit of obedience, and we shall find that every idea of a contrary course becomes foreign to are mind “Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice,” (I.Sam.15:22))
Fourthly, Delight, not mere duty. Our Lord’s word’s in (Ps.40:8) were “I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.”
let us remember our eyes must precede our feet. We must learn to do God will, even when we feel no delight.
These are the cords which held Jesus to his sacrifice, and will hold us to ours, love, faith, obedience and delight “And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” (I.Cor13:13)