"The daughter of Jerusalem hath shaken her head at thee."
Reassured by the Word of the Lord, the poor trembling
citizens of Zion grew bold, and shook their heads at
Sennacherib's boastful threats. Strong faith enables the
servants of God to look with calm contempt upon their most
haughty foes. We know that our enemies are attempting
impossibilities. They seek to destroy the eternal life, which
cannot die while Jesus lives; to overthrow the citadel, against
which the gates of hell shall not prevail. They kick against
the pricks to their own wounding, and rush upon the bosses of
Jehovah's buckler to their own hurt.
We know their weakness. What are they but men? And what is
man but a worm? They roar and swell like waves of the sea,
foaming out their own shame. When the Lord ariseth, they shall
fly as chaff before the wind, and be consumed as crackling
thorns. Their utter powerlessness to do damage to the cause of
God and His truth, may make the weakest soldiers in Zion's ranks
laugh them to scorn.
Above all, we know that the Most High is with us, and when
He dresses Himself in arms, where are His enemies? If He cometh
forth from His place, the potsherds of the earth will not long
contend with their Maker. His rod of iron shall dash them in
pieces like a potter's vessel, and their very remembrance shall
perish from the earth. Away, then, all fears, the kingdom is
safe in the King's hands. Let us shout for joy, for the Lord
reigneth, and His foes shall be as straw for the dunghill.
"As true as God's own word is true;
Nor earth, nor hell, with all their crew,
Against us shall prevail.
A jest, and by-word, are they grown;
God is with us, we are his own,
Our victory cannot fail."