James Calvin McFeeters on Christ and the Psalms

Reformed Covenanter

Cancelled Commissioner
Jesus Christ, our Saviour, full of grace and truth, is the chief character found in the Book of Psalms. He never poses, but is seen in multiform activities and appearances. His personal traits are graceful and symmetrical; His attributes and moral qualities show exquisite perfection. Jesus frequently mentioned the Psalms as containing the things concerning Himself. In the inspired Psalter we have an account of Christ’s commission, ministry, sacrifice, victory and exaltation. He is seen with no inequality of features or disparity of powers, such as of necessity appear in all sectarian hymnbooks; without atrophied or overgrown faculties and attributes so prominent in man-made manuals of praise.

In the Psalms, Jesus arises in solitary greatness and superlative dignity. “He is fairer than the children of men”; “mighty with glory and majesty”; “anointed with the oil of joy above His fellows”; “great in power, and terrible in His doings”; “the Lord strong and mighty in battle”; “the King of glory,” scaling the heights of heaven, and entering into the eternal city in triumph. Jesus in the Psalms reaches the utmost extremes of life, and fills all the space between. He is match less in greatness and meekness; in majesty and humility; in mightiness and gentleness; in the execution of judgment, and in compassion for sinners. Jesus ascended up on high and occupies the loftiest seat in glory; yet regards with loving favour all who are lowly and contrite. Jesus makes the great sun to rise each morning, rejoicing as a strong man to run his race; yet forgets not to light the candle of him who sits in darkness and distress. Jesus calls out the stars nightly, as His unfailing choir to sing His glory; yet takes pleasure in listening to praise offered by the infant on the mother’s breast. ...

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