Unshakeable and Unmoveable
by Rev Greg Obong-Oshotse 28 August 2020
Text: Psalm 112:6a “The righteous will never be moved.”
Matthew Henry (1662-1714) was born just a few months after his father, Philip, a church of England minister, was ejected from his parish under the Act of Uniformity of 1662. Mathew followed his father into the ministry but took holy orders as a non-Comformist. Although he didn’t have a very long life, Matthew had a very fruitful ministry and is widely regarded today for his six-volume commentary Exposition of the Old and New Testaments. He also faced a lot of health challenges on account of his load of work. On his deathbed, the evening before he passed away, he reflected on his pilgrimage as a committed Christian. Although mired in many difficulties, he still counted it the best thing that could happen to a person. “A life spent in the service of God, and communion with Him, is the most comfortable and pleasant life that one can live in the present world,” he said.
His words echo those of the Psalmist who here offers a very potent tonic to the believer’s soul. Right at the heart of the psalm he says, The righteous will never be moved. What people are most looking for is a meaningful life. This is what is offered here and which Matthew Henry exemplifies: a life lived in the righteousness of God. Believers can have absolute confidence that they are in the right place even when they are in the furnace of affliction. They will never be moved.
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Dear Father help us to know how solid is our foundation in you in Christ’s name, Amen.