Many of you have failed to understand the potency of my words or their value to you. My co-defendants whom I love have not received the comfort and solace my words were intent to give them. It is an easy thing to perceive the bully will prevail. No one would have wagered on the colonies with Britian’s reputation. Yet what God ordained transpired. Many of you have disregarded my words as mere rhetoric as though they were original. I have two quotes from other sources that to me share the same import. Perhaps these men my be deemed men of regard you will listen to.
Charles Hadden Spurgeon on Psalms 20:5 “”we will rejoice in thy salvation” In Jesus there is salvation; it is His own, and hence it is called they salvation; but it is ours to receive and ours to rejoice in. We should fixedly resolve that come what may, we will rejoice in the saving arm of the Lord Jesus. The people in this psalm, before their king went to battle, felt sure of victory, and therefore began to rejoice before hand; how much more ought we do this who have seen the victory completely won! Unbelief begins weeping for the funeral before the man is dead; why should not faith commence piping before the dance of victory begins? Buds are beautiful, and promises not yet fulfilled are worthy to be admired. If joy were more general among the Lord’s people, God would be more glorified among men; the happiness of the subjects is the honor of the sovereign. “And in the name of our God we will set up our banners.” We lift the standard of defiance in the face of the foe, and wave the flag of victory over the fallen adversary. Some proclaim war in the name of one king and some of another but the faithful go to war in Jesus’ name, the name of the incarnate God, Immanuel, God with us. The times are evil at present, but so long as Jesus lives and reigns in His church we need not furl our banners in fear but advance them with sacred courage.”
Nicholas Bownd (1604) on Psalms 20:2 “”Send thee help from thee sanctuary.” Here we see the nature of true faith, that it causeth us to see help in heaven, and so to pray for it when there is none to be seen in the Earth. And this is the difference between faith and unbelief; that the very unbelievers can by reason conceive of help, so long as they have any means to help them; but if they fail they can see none at all; so they are like unto those that are purblind, who can see nothing but near at hand. But faith seeth afar off, even into heaven, so that it is “the evidence of things that are not seen;” for it looketh unto the power of God, who hath all means in His hands, or can work without them, who made all out of nothing, and “calleth the things that be not, as though they were.” So that as the holy martyr Stehpen, when his enemies were ready to burst for anger and gnash at him with their teeth, looked steadfastly into heaven, and saw Christ standing at the right hand of God ready to defend him; so faith in the promises of the word doth see help in heaven ready for us, when there are no means in earth.
I believe what these men believed. The faith they understood is the faith of my understanding and practice.
Brassbird: Thanks for your kind support. I thank the Lord you are not religious. What you call guts and recognize is my faith. It is not a religious act just an honest one. The piping of my faith is a must because I already see the victory most are blind to.