Micah 7* The general prevalence of wickedness. (1-7) Reliance on God,and triumph over enemies. (8-13) Promises and encouragements forIsrael. (14-20)1-7 The prophet bemoans himself that he lived among a peopleripening apace for ruin, in which many good persons wouldsuffer. Men had no comfort, no satisfaction in their ownfamilies or in their nearest relations. Contempt and violationof domestic duties are a sad symptom of universal corruption.Those are never likely to come to good who are undutiful totheir parents. The prophet saw no safety or comfort but inlooking to the Lord, and waiting on God his salvation. Whenunder trials, we should look continually to our Divine Redeemer,that we may have strength and grace to trust in him, and to beexamples to those around us. 8-13 Those truly penitent for sin, will see great reason to bepatient under affliction. When we complain to the Lord of thebadness of the times, we ought to complain against ourselves forthe badness of our hearts. We must depend upon God to workdeliverance for us in due time. We must not only look to him,but look for him. In our greatest distresses, we shall see noreason to despair of salvation, if by faith we look to the Lordas the God of our salvation. Though enemies triumph and insult,they shall be silenced and put to shame. Though Zion's walls maylong be in ruins, there will come a day when they shall berepaired. Israel shall come from all the remote parts, notturning back for discouragements. Though our enemies may seem toprevail against us, and to rejoice over us, we should notdespond. Though cast down, we are not destroyed; we may joinhope in God's mercy, with submission to his correction. Nohinderances can prevent the favours the Lord intends for hischurch. 14-20 When God is about to deliver his people, he stirs uptheir friends to pray for them. Apply spiritually the prophet'sprayer to Christ, to take care of his church, as the greatShepherd of the sheep, and to go before them, while they arehere in this world as in a wood, in this world but not of it.God promises in answer to this prayer, he will do that for themwhich shall be repeating the miracles of former ages. As theirsin brought them into bondage, so God's pardoning their sinbrought them out. All who find pardoning mercy, cannot butwonder at that mercy; we have reason to stand amazed, if we knowwhat it is. When the Lord takes away the guilt of sin, that itmay not condemn us, he will break the power of sin, that it maynot have dominion over us. If left to ourselves, our sins willbe too hard for us; but God's grace shall be sufficient tosubdue them, so that they shall not rule us, and then they shallnot ruin us. When God forgives sin, he takes care that it nevershall be remembered any more against the sinner. He casts theirsins into the sea; not near the shore-side, where they mayappear again, but into the depth of the sea, never to riseagain. All their sins shall be cast there, for when God forgivessin, he forgives all. He will perfect that which concerns us,and with this good work will do all for us which our caserequires, and which he has promised. These engagements relate toChrist, and the success of the gospel to the end of time, thefuture restoration of Israel, and the final prevailing of truereligion in all lands. The Lord will perform his truth andmercy, not one jot or tittle of it shall fall to the ground:faithful is He that has promised, who also will do it. Let usremember that the Lord has given the security of his covenant,for strong consolation to all who flee for refuge to lay hold onthe hope set before them in Christ Jesus.
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