Psalms 102* A sorrowful complaint of great afflictions. (1-11)Encouragement by expecting the performances of God's promises tohis church. (12-22) The unchangeableness of God. (23-28)1-11 The whole word of God is of use to direct us in prayer;but here, is often elsewhere, the Holy Ghost has put words intoour mouths. Here is a prayer put into the hands of theafflicted; let them present it to God. Even good men may bealmost overwhelmed with afflictions. It is our duty and interestto pray; and it is comfort to an afflicted spirit to unburdenitself, by a humble representation of its griefs. We must say,Blessed be the name of the Lord, who both gives and takes away.The psalmist looked upon himself as a dying man; My days arelike a shadow. 12-22 We are dying creatures, but God is an everlasting God,the protector of his church; we may be confident that it willnot be neglected. When we consider our own vileness, ourdarkness and deadness, and the manifold defects in our prayers,we have cause to fear that they will not be received in heaven;but we are here assured of the contrary, for we have an Advocatewith the Father, and are under grace, not under the law.Redemption is the subject of praise in the Christian church; andthat great work is described by the temporal deliverance andrestoration of Israel. Look down upon us, Lord Jesus; and bringus into the glorious liberty of thy children, that we may blessand praise thy name. 23-28 Bodily distempers soon weaken our strength, then what canwe expect but that our months should be cut off in the midst;and what should we do but provide accordingly? We must own God'shand in it; and must reconcile this to his love, for often thosethat have used their strength well, have it weakened; and thosewho, as we think, can very ill be spared, have their daysshortened. It is very comfortable, in reference to all thechanges and dangers of the church, to remember that Jesus Christis the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. And in reference tothe death of our bodies, and the removal of friends, to rememberthat God is an everlasting God. Do not let us overlook theassurance this psalm contains of a happy end to all thebeliever's trials. Though all things are changing, dying,perishing, like a vesture folding up and hastening to decay, yetJesus lives, and thus all is secure, for he hath said, Because Ilive ye shall live also
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