Lamentations 5* The Jewish nation supplicating the Divine favour.1-16 Is any afflicted? Let him pray; and let him in prayer pourout his complaint to God. The people of God do so here; theycomplain not of evils feared, but of evils felt. If penitent andpatient under what we suffer for the sins of our fathers, we mayexpect that He who punishes, will return in mercy to us. Theyacknowledge, Woe unto us that we have sinned! All our woes areowing to our own sin and folly. Though our sins and God's justdispleasure cause our sufferings, we may hope in his pardoningmercy, his sanctifying grace, and his kind providence. But thesins of a man's whole life will be punished with vengeance atlast, unless he obtains an interest in Him who bare our sins inhis own body on the tree. 17-22 The people of God express deep concern for the ruins ofthe temple, more than for any other of their calamities. Butwhatever changes there are on earth, God is still the same, andremains for ever wise and holy, just and good; with Him there isno variableness nor shadow of turning. They earnestly pray toGod for mercy and grace; Turn us to thee, O Lord. God neverleaves any till they first leave him; if he turns them to him ina way of duty, no doubt he will quickly return to them in a wayof mercy. If God by his grace renew our hearts, he will by hisfavour renew our days. Troubles may cause our hearts to befaint, and our eyes to be dim, but the way to the mercy-seat ofour reconciled God is open. Let us, in all our trials, put ourwhole trust and confidence in his mercy; let us confess oursins, and pour out our hearts before him. Let us watch againstrepinings and despondency; for we surely know, that it shall bewell in the end with all that trust in, fear, love, and servethe Lord. Are not the Lord's judgments in the earth the same asin Jeremiah's days? Let Zion then be remembered by us in ourprayers, and her welfare be sought above every earthly joy.Spare, Lord, spare thy people, and give not thine heritage toreproach, for the heathen to rule over them.
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