by Thomas Watson
"Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace." Psalm 37:37
Sincerity is of universal importance to a Christian. It is the sauce which seasons piety and makes it savory. Sincerity is the jewel which God is most delighted with, Psalm 51:6. "Behold you desire truth in the inward parts." To speak plainly--all our pompous show of holiness, without this soul of sincerity to enliven it—it is but 'pious folly'. It is but going to hell in a more devout manner than others!
This consideration has put me upon this subject in this place of solemn worship and concourse; and to quicken your attention, you have God himself calling to you to take notice in these words, "Mark the perfect man, and behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."
The Hebrew word for upright has two significations.
1. It signifies plainness of heart; the upright man is not plaited in folds; he is without collusion or double-dealing, "in whose spirit is no deceit," Psalm 32:2.
The upright man has no subterfuges, his tongue and his heart go together, as a well-made dial goes with the sun; he is downright sincere.
2. This word upright signifies a man approved. The upright man is one whom God thinks highly of. Better have God's approbation, than the world's acclamation. The plainer the diamond is—the richer; the more plain the heart is—the more it shines in God's eyes.
In the words there are three parts:
1. The Prospect, the Upright man.
2. The Aspect, Behold.
3. The Reason, for the end of that man is peace.
1. Here is the godly man's character, He is upright.
2. His crown, the end of that man is peace.
The words present us with this doctrinal conclusion—the end of an upright man is crowned with peace.
That I may illustrate this, I shall show you:
1. Who this upright man is, that we may know him when we meet him.
2. The blessed end he makes, the end of that man is peace.
Table of Contents
I. The upright man's character.
II. The Upright Man's Crown