22.—They shall cry unto the Lord, because of the oppressors, and he shall send them a Saviour, and a great one, and he shall deliver them.—Isaiah 19:20.
Mark, my soul, the sweet encouragement contained in these words. Here is a cry—and it is the cry of the soul; for it is directed unto the Lord. There is (as Elihu tells us) a cry of nature under oppressions; but as this is not to God, it is evident that it never came from God; for he tells us that none of them saith, “Where is God my Maker, who giveth songs in the night?” Job 35:9. But when the Holy Ghost convinceth of sin, and puts a cry in the heart by reason of it, he convinceth also of the righteousness of Jesus. Hence the difference of those cries is as wide as the East is from the West. Mark therefore, my soul, this distinguishing feature of grace; and see whether thy cries are praying cries, and not complaining ones. And now observe what follows. When poor sinners thus cry unto the Lord, he shall send them a Saviour, and a great one. Who, but God the Father, sent his Son to be the Saviour of poor lost sinners? Was not Jesus a Saviour indeed, and a great one? Who, but He, could deliver the sinner from destruction! And remark, further, the absolute certainty of the promise; for it is said. He shall deliver them. Yes, blessed Jesus! thy deliverance is sure; thy salvation certain. Thou hast said, thy sheep shall never perish; neither shall any pluck them out of thine hand. Pause now, my soul, over this sweet verse. Surely in its bosom is folded up the sum and substance of all the gospel. Here are all the Persons of the Godhead, engaged for the salvation of every poor crying sinner. Here is God the Holy Ghost, agreeably to his blessed office, causing the sinner to feel the oppressions of sin, and putting a cry in his heart, to the Lord, to be delivered from them. Here is God the Father answering that cry, in mercy, and sending his Almighty Son to be the Saviour of the poor sinner. And here is Jesus the Saviour, and a great one, saving the poor sinner with an everlasting salvation. Shout then, my soul, and begin the song of Salvation to God and the Lamb.