It is man's finality in the kingdom of God as contrasted with his finality in the kingdom of Satan. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. (Vers. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: "In the sight of the Lord." The words bearing this signification, the matter followeth, that men in purity and sincerity of their lives draw near unto God, which consisteth in two things. The humility that is enjoined is connected with the privilege that is to follow it, in another way than that of either natural or acquired right. James 4:8 Draw nigh to God John Grose, M. A. I. (5) God draweth near unto men in offering His mercy, showing His favour, assisting with His help, multiplying His livingkindness unto them. (1)The mind derives from it pure and sacred pleasure. It know its own worthlessness, but it knows also the Lord's grace.3. THERE ARE PROPER PLACES AND TIMES, AS WELL AS DUE DISPOSITIONS, OF DRAWING NIGH TO GOD. The believer's humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. An excellent way to moderate the excess of joy is to mix it with some weeping. The way that a drop of rain comes to sing in the leaf that rustles in the top of the tree all the summer long, is by going down to the roots first, and from thence ascending to the bough.(H. (1)In cleaning of their hands. It must be in righteousness and holiness. When we exhort you to be humble, we do not exhort you to think yourselves worse or meaner than you really are. And this exhortation is highly important in the first place, because, unless we have just notions of what we are as sinners, we can neither perceive the value, nor be prepared for the reception of any scheme that may be devised for our deliverance; and in the second place, because, among the principles of our fallen nature, pride is that which has perhaps the greatest ascendancy over our minds, and prevents us from giving heed to those considerations which go to determine what we really are, and by doing so, to fix us at our proper level. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. (2) He draweth near also unto man by the revelation of His will. The believer's humility is therefore, in the second place, a true humility. It is our pleasure to be in the society of those we love, and to converse with them. As one the qualities that God highly values, there are real benefits to developing this godly quality.. But the humility enjoined upon us not only respects our relation to God as His creatures, whose every faculty must be traced to Him — it also respects our relation to Him as His sinful creatures — who are thus removed at a still greater distance from Him than they naturally were, and liable to His high and holy indignation. The believer's humility implies a life of prayer. )Let your laughter be turned to mourning.Carnal joy exchanged for godly sorrowT. 6. The believer's humility implies a life of prayer. We are to understand it as conveying a gracious promise of conscious and sensible communion with the Father of our spirits.II. Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. To use a very rude metaphor, just as a man cannot go up another hill till he has gone down the one on which he happens to be, so a soul cannot be exalted in God until it has thoroughly come down from self. Time to Retreat. The connection is just as necessary, but it is of a different kind. The way to abate one passion is to admit the contrary: in abundance there is danger; therefore in your jollity think of some mournful objects.(T. When the world repenteth of their joy, you will never repent of your sorrow (2 Corinthians 7:10). And this exhortation is highly important in the first place, because, unless we have just notions of what we are as sinners, we can neither perceive the value, nor be prepared for the reception of any scheme that may be devised for our deliverance; and in the second place, because, among the principles of our fallen nature, pride is that which has perhaps the greatest ascendancy over our minds, and prevents us from giving heed to those considerations which go to determine what we really are, and by doing so, to fix us at our proper level. It also implies its own continuance, because of its Divine character. It is a good exchange to put away carnal joy for godly sorrow; for then we put away a sin for a duty, brass for gold; yea, we have that in the duty which we expected in the sin, and in a more pure, full, and sweet way. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. Mouton.1. Yes, it is. The way to abate one passion is to admit the contrary: in abundance there is danger; therefore in your jollity think of some mournful objects.(T. Prayer is the way to a life of communion with God — a means of keeping up an acquaintance with, and of growing in the knowledge of God. (6) By reposing all trust and confidence in God, and clinging constantly unto Him, whereof Psalm 73:28. Prayer is speaking to God. G. Merrill.In one of our western cities is a physician who is very skilful in doctoring the human eye. The believer's humility, being in the sight of the Lord, implies a life in the sight of the Lord. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. The exaltation, then, in this case must be an illusion. Surely not. You must draw nigh to God in all His ordinances.4. Reynolds.The mother of Artaxerxes was wont to say, that they who would address themselves unto princes must use silken words: surely he that would approach unto God must consider, and look as well to his words as to his feet. Hislop. (James 1:19) Handbook for Hard Times (James 1:1-4) How to Receive God's Wisdom (James 1:5-8) What Money Can't Do (James … That the second person loved the first? Consider the extent — the strictness — the spirituality of that law to which you are subject. We would persuade you to humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, that He may, in consequence, "lift you up." THE ENCOURAGEMENT given to perform this duty. And as pride consists in our entertaining higher ideas of ourselves than truth will warrant, and in our presuming upon these, both in feeling and in practice, as if they were just and correct, so humility consists in our entertaining accurate notions of what we really are in relation to some one above us, and in preserving that station which a regard to our real merits requires us to occupy, as to the sentiments we cherish and the conduct we maintain, with respect to those under whom we are placed. The believer's humility is therefore, in the second place, a true humility. The connection is just as necessary, but it is of a different kind. There are certain dispositions which must be the accompaniments of prayer.3. And in that love he finds a true holiness springing up in his soul.4. There is one phrase especially in our text on which we desire to lay stress: "In the sight of the Lord." He is never found justifying himself, or flattering himself with human purity and excellence. W. Beecher.Our humiliations work out our most elevated joys. The exaltation, then, in this case must be an illusion. 2. Thomson, D. D.Humility stands opposed to pride. James 4:8, ESV: "Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." Consider the extent — the strictness — the spirituality of that law to which you are subject. )Drawing near to GodR. (1)It imports the manifestation of His presence. That we are commanded to draw near unto God, doth it not insinuate unto us that naturally we are estranged and alienated from Him? )LinksJames 4:8 NIVJames 4:8 NLTJames 4:8 ESVJames 4:8 NASBJames 4:8 KJVJames 4:8 Bible AppsJames 4:8 ParallelJames 4:8 Biblia ParalelaJames 4:8 Chinese BibleJames 4:8 French BibleJames 4:8 German BibleJames 4:8 CommentariesBible Hub. IX. It will not do to present to God the outward prostration for the inward repentance, the words of humility for the self-renunciation of the heart. (2)In purging of their hearts before God.(R. James; Chapter 4; Verse 8; Sermons on James 4:8. Worship is coming into His presence, and waiting upon Him — is listening to His voice.Approaches to GodBp. Trapp.Turn all the streams into one channel, that may drive the will, that may grind the heart. The man abandons self for God. (6) God finally draweth near unto us in a spiritual union with man, through the incarnation of Jesus Christ, whereby God is united unto us and we to Him, by which means God dwelleth among us, and is made manifest in the flesh, as St. John and St. Paul speak. Hence humility is the first of Christian virtues: not that God wishes to see us debased, but that self-abasement is in accordance with the truth of our character, and is the way to exaltation. The certainty of the result.4. G. Merrill.In one of our western cities is a physician who is very skilful in doctoring the human eye. In coming to Him, we come to our Redeemer.3. That we are commanded to draw near unto God, doth it not insinuate unto us that naturally we are estranged and alienated from Him? Do not suppose that you have any refuge in the paucity of your misdeeds. James 4:8. Could such a sacrifice as this, think you, have been demanded by "the Father of mercies," the possessor of infinite wisdom, the God of righteousness and justice, if it had not been necessary for the purpose for which it was required — the expiation of human guilt, and the deliverance of those to whom it attached, from the degradation and the ruin into which it had brought them? It is a good preservative from sin; as it is said, "praying will make us leave sinning," or "sinning will make us leave praying.". The greatness of the benefit to be secured. Merrill. J. Vernon McGee . And in this simple relation, even though we had done nothing to offend Him, humility is at once graceful and necessary; for, as we owe everything to Him, and as we depend upon Him for everything, it would be presumptuous, undutiful, to have one thought towards Him or to make one movement before Him, which proceeded on the supposition that we were not so indebted and so dependent. And as pride consists in our entertaining higher ideas of ourselves than truth will warrant, and in our presuming upon these, both in feeling and in practice, as if they were just and correct, so humility consists in our entertaining accurate notions of what we really are in relation to some one above us, and in preserving that station which a regard to our real merits requires us to occupy, as to the sentiments we cherish and the conduct we maintain, with respect to those under whom we are placed. Thus did the people of Israel in outward profession, and with their mouths, draw near to God, which as a token of hypocrisy is condemned (Isaiah 24:13; Isaiah 58:2, 3). The sinner must draw nigh unto God by the way of His own appointment, and that way is Christ.2. The humility inculcated in my text is humility in reference, not to another creature more exalted than ourselves, but to God, who is immeasurably exalted above all creatures. He is so holy and jealous of His worship, that he expects that there should be preparation in our accesses unto Him: preparation of our persons by purity of life (Job 11:13); preparation of our services by choice of matter (John 9:1); preparation of our hearts by finding them out, stirring them up, fixing them, fetching them in, and calling together all that is within us to prevail with God.(Bp. If you feel and cherish that humbleness of mind which just conceptions of your guilty and depraved and wretched condition are calculated to generate; and if in the midst of this self-reproach you are ready to throw your fortunes unreservedly upon the merits of that dispensation which Divine grace offers to you as your all-sufficient refuge, then there is no insuperable barrier between you and the salvation which you need. But if God be with us, we have nothing to fear.III. "(2)A state of security ensues. And one of the most common refuges in which the natural pride of man fortifies itself, is the self-righteous plea of what is called innocence and amiableness of character. mute. Prayer is speaking to God. With clean hands and a pure heart.III. Such an exaltation implies satisfaction and joy. Turnbull. These Christian Jews of the Dispersion were to' avoid the sin of the Hebrew nation generally, in "not subjecting themselves to the righteousness of God" (Romans 10:3). Reynolds.The mother of Artaxerxes was wont to say, that they who would address themselves unto princes must use silken words: surely he that would approach unto God must consider, and look as well to his words as to his feet. (1) By the manifestation of His majesty, as to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, and others (Genesis 12:7; Genesis 17:1; Genesis 18:1; Genesis 26:1; Genesis 28:13; Genesis 32:24; Exodus 33:23; Exodus 24:1; Exodus 3:2). 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