Martyn Smith is a Committee member of the Strict Baptist Historical Society. He brings a challenge from the Word of God on the church’s responsibility in preaching the Gospel to sinners. His proposition is clear: The Gospel must not only be preached with a special emphasis on the sovereign grace of God, but the church must also depend entirely upon sovereign grace for the conversion of sinners.
After offering a persuasive prayer for deliverance, David receives assurance that “the LORD hath heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD hath heard my supplication; the LORD will receive my prayer.”—Psalm 6:8,9. He was petitioning the Lord to release the divine judgment that had been administered through corrective discipline. It is a relief to the returning backslider that “whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.” This consideration led me to frame the following hymn. [2 June 2012]
A suitable tune might be that composed by Winfield Weeden, usually sung to the hymn, “I Surrender All.”
The psalmist cries out in desperation, “O LORD, how long? Return, O LORD, deliver my soul: oh save me for thy mercies’ sake.”—Psalm 6:3,4. These are the words of David after he had been brought to a point of submission by the chastisement of God. Part of the Lord’s corrective discipline included a sense of His absence from David’s life. Thus, through the deprivation of God’s presence, he was made to thirst for the living waters. It was this experience in the life of a backslider that brought to mind the following lines. [2 June 2012]