Psalms 10* The psalmist complains of the wickedness of the wicked. (1-11)He prays to God to appear for the relief of his people. (12-18)1-11 God's withdrawings are very grievous to his people,especially in times of trouble. We stand afar off from God byour unbelief, and then complain that God stands afar off fromus. Passionate words against bad men do more hurt than good; ifwe speak of their badness, let it be to the Lord in prayer; hecan make them better. The sinner proudly glories in his powerand success. Wicked people will not seek after God, that is,will not call upon him. They live without prayer, and that isliving without God. They have many thoughts, many objects anddevices, but think not of the Lord in any of them; they have nosubmission to his will, nor aim for his glory. The cause of thisis pride. Men think it below them to be religious. They couldnot break all the laws of justice and goodness toward man, ifthey had not first shaken off all sense of religion. 12-18 The psalmist speaks with astonishment, at the wickednessof the wicked, and at the patience and forbearance of God. Godprepares the heart for prayer, by kindling holy desires, andstrengthening our most holy faith, fixing the thoughts, andraising the affections, and then he graciously accepts theprayer. The preparation of the heart is from the Lord, and wemust seek unto him for it. Let the poor, afflicted, persecuted,or tempted believer recollect, that Satan is the prince of thisworld, and that he is the father of all the ungodly. Thechildren of God cannot expect kindness, truth, or justice fromsuch persons as crucified the Lord of glory. But this oncesuffering Jesus, now reigns as King over all the earth, and ofhis dominion there shall be no end. Let us commit ourselves untohim, humbly trusting in his mercy. He will rescue the believerfrom every temptation, and break the arm of every wickedoppressor, and bruise Satan under our feet shortly. But inheaven alone will all sin and temptation be shut out, though inthis life the believer has a foretaste of deliverance
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