They have seen your goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.…
This verse may be read thus: "They have seen thy marches in procession, O God; even the marches of my God, my King, in the sanctuary." We have brought before us the jubilant songs of praise arising from the royal procession of Jehovah before the assembled hosts of Israel. Now, there has been a royal procession in London this week, and it has suggested this subject. For to-day there is an assembled host of people crowding our sanctuaries: their main desire is to see their King.
I. THE PEOPLE VIEWING THE PROCESSION. The vast majority came to see our Queen herself. And their motives were various.
1. Many of them had never seen her before. And in our sanctuaries there are many who as yet have never seen their King, and they greatly desire to.
2. Others long ago had seen the Queen, but wanted to see her again: so with us and our King.
3. Others went simply to see the pageant; as much to be seen as to see. And how many come to our sanctuaries out of mere curiosity!
4. And all grades of society were represented there.
5. Some obtained much better views than others. So is it with those in our sanctuaries. Care and distractions of all kinds hinder many souls.
II. THE PROCESSION ITSELF.
1. It passed along an appointed way. It is all marked out. Through the sanctuary a main part of its route lies. But in the abodes of sickness, sorrow, death, Christ often comes.
III. THE PURPOSE OF THE PROCESSION. It was to open a new thoroughfare. And so our King has come to open a new road to heaven. The old road by Innocency has been blocked ever since the fall of Adam. And the road of Jewish ceremonies, and the law, is no longer available. But Christ has opened a new and living way.
(A. G. Brown.)
Parallel VersesKJV: They have seen thy goings, O God; even the goings of my God, my King, in the sanctuary.