The Melted Saint

The Melted Saint

John Bramhall

“Their soul is melted because of trouble” — Psalm 107:26.

Oliver Cromwell lived in early English history and was called the Defender of the Commonwealth. One day when in great need of supplies for his armies, he dispatched soldiers to search a nearby cathedral for gold and other valuables. On their return the General was told that the search was in vain. “What! you found nothing?” he cried. “Nothing, Sir, only the silver statues of the saints,” said they. “Then take the saints down, melt them and put them in circulation!” roared their Commander.

How often God does this with His children! The crucible of “trouble” is the melting pot for them.

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST WAS MELTED — The 22nd. Psalm has rightly been called the Psalm of the Cross. It depicts the suffering Messiah on the Cross, suffering at the hands of God, Satan and man! Jeremiah prophesied the Saviour’s words from the Cross, saying, “Behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto My sorrow”, etc. (Lam. 1:12). No one has suffered like the Son of God on that tree! Hear His own words from Psalm 22:14, saying, “My heart is like wax; it is melted in the midst of My bowels.” Through that melted ONE, the greatest flow of love and grace has come to a sin-sick and weary world, bringing eternal blessings to all who believe on HIM!

THE NATION OF ISRAEL IS MELTED — God, through the weeping prophet has said, “Behold, I will melt them, and try them; for how else could I do for the daughter of My people?” (Jer. 9:7—JND Trans.). Among the nations into the melting pot of trouble has God cast His disobedient people. What grief has been, still is, and shall yet be, theirs! The horrible furnace of The Great Tribulation is ahead for them! “Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it” (Jer. 30:7).

THE EARTH IS TO BE MELTED— “The nations raged, the kingdoms were moved; He uttered His voice, the earth melted.” (Psa. 46:6 JND Trans.). Into the melting pot of God’s wrath and the wrath of the Lamb, will the nations be cast at the end of the age. Then He will speak, saying, “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth” (Psa. 46:10). What a day of blessing will the saved nations enjoy during the Millenium also, but only after passing through “the hour of trial, which is about to come upon the whole habitable world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” (Rev. 3:10 — JND Trans.).

THE SAINTS ARE TO BE MELTED — Beloved, so proud and cold are we today, that we often appear to others as lifeless statues. God must bring us down and put us in the crucible of testing. Without trouble God cannot melt us: with trouble He is able to soften us, removing the harshness and coldness so often ours. Are you a melted saint? David was: “My soul melteth for sadness; strengthen me according to Thy Word” (Psa. 119:28 JND Trans.). It is the melted saint who finds the strength of God’s Word as his needed portion. It is the melted saint who calls upon the Lord.