Psalms 1** David was the penman of most of the psalms, but someevidently were composed by other writers, and the writers ofsome are doubtful. But all were written by the inspiration ofthe Holy Ghost; and no part of the Old Testament is morefrequently quoted or referred to in the New. Every psalm eitherpoints directly to Christ, in his person, his character, andoffices; or may lead the believer's thoughts to Him. And thepsalms are the language of the believer's heart, whethermourning for sin, thirsting after God, or rejoicing in Him.Whether burdened with affliction, struggling with temptation, ortriumphing in the hope or enjoyment of deliverance; whetheradmiring the Divine perfections, thanking God for his mercies,mediating on his truths, or delighting in his service; they forma Divinely appointed standard of experience, by which we mayjudge ourselves. Their value, in this view, is very great, andthe use of them will increase with the growth of the power oftrue religion in the heart. By the psalmist's expressions, theSpirit helps us to pray. If we make the psalms familiar to us,whatever we have to ask at the throne of grace, by way ofconfession, petition, or thanksgiving, we may be assisted fromthence. Whatever devout affection is working in us, holy desireor hope, sorrow or joy, we may here find words to clothe it;sound speech which cannot be condemned. In the language of thisDivine book, the prayers and praises of the church have beenoffered up to the throne of grace from age to age.* The holiness and happiness of a godly man. (1-3) Thesinfulness and misery of a wicked man, The ground and reason ofboth. (4-6)1-3 To meditate in God's word, is to discourse with ourselvesconcerning the great things contained in it, with closeapplication of mind and fixedness of thought. We must haveconstant regard to the word of God, as the rule of our actions,and the spring of our comforts; and have it in our thoughtsnight and day. For this purpose no time is amiss. 4-6 The ungodly are the reverse of the righteous, both incharacter and condition. The ungodly are not so, ver. 4; theyare led by the counsel of the wicked, in the way of sinners, tothe seat of the scornful; they have no delight in the law ofGod; they bring forth no fruit but what is evil. The righteousare like useful, fruitful trees: the ungodly are like the chaffwhich the wind drives away: the dust which the owner of thefloor desires to have driven away, as not being of any use. Theyare of no worth in God's account, how highly soever they mayvalue themselves. They are easily driven to and fro by everywind of temptation. The chaff may be, for a while, among thewheat, but He is coming, whose fan is in his hand, and who willthoroughly purge his floor. Those that, by their own sin andfolly, make themselves as chaff, will be found so before thewhirlwind and fire of Divine wrath. The doom of the ungodly isfixed, but whenever the sinner becomes sensible of this guiltand misery, he may be admitted into the company of the righteousby Christ the living way, and become in Christ a new creature.He has new desires, new pleasures, hopes, fears, sorrows,companions, and employments. His thoughts, words, and actionsare changed. He enters on a new state, and bears a newcharacter. Behold, all things are become new by Divine grace,which changes his soul into the image of the Redeemer. Howdifferent the character and end of the ungodly
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