But I will sacrifice to you with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.
Take the word "salvation" in its highest and in its lower senses.
I. IN THE DELIVERANCE OF A SOUL. Comment upon our state of ruin. Salvation is —
1. Of the Father. In its origin proceeding from the eternal love of God, even before all time.
2. Of the Son. In its meritorious cause. An obstacle to be removed; justice to be satisfied; our need of an atoning sacrifice. Note the willingness of Christ to offer Himself; and the fulness and sufficiency of Christ's sacrifice.
3. Of the Spirit. In its personal application. Our aversion to God to be taken away — in conversion, sanctification, perseverance.
II. IN THE LESSER DELIVERANCES OF THE CHILDREN OF GOD.
1. From outward difficulties. Such as Jonah's case. Jonathan and the Philistines. Children of Israel in the wilderness. David overtaken by Saul. Asa and the Ethiopians. Jehoshaphat and the Moabites.
2. From bodily afflictions. Hezekiah's sickness. Psalm 102:17; Job 32:19.
3. From soul troubles. Temptation. Desertion. Backsliding. What are the legitimate deductions?
(1) The subject checks the pride and vainglory of man.
(2) Raises the hopes of the desponding.
(John D. Lawe, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: But I will sacrifice unto thee with the voice of thanksgiving; I will pay that that I have vowed. Salvation is of the LORD.